7+ Taskbar Tweaker

7+ Taskbar Tweaker
7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar.
Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
The tweaker is designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Download (portable installation available)

exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.6 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.9.1

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.61 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.9.1.5
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

Source code

https://github.com/m417z/7-Taskbar-Tweaker

FAQ

Q: Which registry keys does 7+ Taskbar Tweaker modify? I don’t need extra processes in my system.
A: The only registry keys the tweaker modifies are its own settings. There are no registry keys for the options it provides. The tweaker does that by injecting a DLL to explorer, hooking/subclassing/some other methods of the dark side.
As for extra processes, the tweaker is a native program, and is very lightweight. It shouldn’t slow down your system, and uses an extremely small amount of memory. Also, you can hide the tray icon if you want.

In case you want to remove the tweaker’s settings from the registry, look for them here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (“7 Taskbar Tweaker” value)

P.S. if you’re a programmer, you might want to take a look at the 7+ Taskbar Tweaking Library.

Q: My antivirus complains about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
A: It’s a false positive. I guarantee that the tweaker binaries (and any other files on this site, unless specifically noted) are 100% clean.
Also remember that the tweaker injects into explorer and modifies its memory, which is indeed suspicious.

Q: Can I Group/Combine/Label only some of the items on the taskbar?
A: Yes, use Taskbar Inspector.

Q: Can I use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker in a commercial environment?
A: Yes, feel free to use it wherever you want.

Q: Where is the portable version?
A: When installing the tweaker, choose the Portable type of install, as shown on the image below.
The portable version will be extracted to the selected folder.

7tt-portable-small

Note: If the tweaker is already installed on your computer, the option won’t be visible. You can launch the setup with the /portable command line switch to force a portable installation.

Q: I want to report a bug/suggest a feature! What is the best way to do it?
A: Post it on the UserEcho page.

Q: I want to translate 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to my language.
A: The archive below contains the files needed to be translated.
Please read readme.txt before proceeding.

zip 7tt_translate.zip (758.45 kB)

If you are brave enough to translate the help file, contact me for the required software and files.

Posted in Releases, Software by RaMMicHaeL at September 30th, 2009.
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5,551 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Yves says:

    Not sure what happened, but 5.9.0.10 doesn’t work here. Immediately fails with the usual message when I install it. Reverting back to 5.9 release and keeping Windows updates entirely disabled. I’ve lived without them for the last year, I don’t need Windows updates for another year.

    Windows 10 2004 x64 without KB4566782.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I believe that 5.9.0.10 had an issue with a specific explorer build, please try 5.9.0.11.

    • Roy says:

      I have noticed some unexpected behavior when using virtual desktops in windows 10. When using 2 virtual desktops the sorted taskbar items reverse to where they where when you switch from one virtual desktop to the other. This basically makes this program useless when using virtual desktops. I am using windows 10 pro, version 1909, build 183631016. Maybe I am missing something and doing something wrong, if so, please enlighten me. Thanks 😉

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        the sorted taskbar items reverse to where they where when you switch from one virtual desktop to the other

        By default, the order of the taskbar items is not preserved. You can use the virtual_desktop_order_fix advanced option to solve this. See here.

    • Vilius says:

      OS:
      Windows 10 Pro 64bit v1909
      7tt:
      v5.9.1

      Combine not working for left/right vertical taskbar positions – works just fine for bottom/top horizontal positions.
      I mean interactive single program group combine, like:
      “Taskbar Inspector->right click program executable->Combine Always->Always->on”
      nothing happens, if position bottom/top works just fine.
      And 7tt v5.9.1 works OK for all positions on Windows 7.

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        Thank you for reporting. I was able to reproduce the problem, and will investigate it when I have some spare time.

      • RaMMicHaeL says:

        I looked at it, and here’s some information:

        • The combining functionality is implemented differently in Windows 7 and in Windows 10, and in both cases the implementation is quite tricky and fragile.

        • In Windows 10, due to the way it’s implemented, it only works on a horizontal taskbar. It took only five years for somebody to notice 🙂 so looks like it’s not a commonly requested feature.

        • I tried to find a simple solution, but couldn’t come up with something. Perhaps I’ll revisit it one day in the future.

        • Luckily for you, there’s a workaround. Set the taskbar to “Always combine, hide labels” in system taskbar properties. Then set the “show_labels” advanced option of the tweaker to “2”. Finally, select “Don’t combine grouped buttons” if that’s the default configuration you prefer.

        • AchillesBoi says:

          Hi RaMMicHaeL, first off let me tell you that I think you are an awesome dev and wanna thank you for making 7+TT, it’s just so well made and super useful.

          The new Windows 10 October 2020 final build has been released and I’ve been wanting to upgrade. I read that this update is small and mostly just activates dormant features from the current build. Will 7+TT (v5.9.1) still work if I upgrade? Is a beta currently in the works that support it?

          Thank you.

  2. Dylan says:

    Bonjour,

    Problème avec le logiciel, il nous dit qu’il n’arrive pas a charger la bibliothéque ???

  3. M says:

    Thanks, solved my problem

  4. paul sefton says:

    Will the program be getting renamed to 10+ Tweaker seeing as MS no longer supporting Win7?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      No, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker will continue to support Windows 7, even thought Microsoft doesn’t anymore.

      • Jasp3r says:

        Just want to say thanks for everything you do. I’m sure it’s not easy but it is very much appreciated.

        For reference, I’m running Windows 10 Enterprise x64. It’s most impressive that you were able to get Windows, your arch nemesis, to notify me of an update with its built-in notifications backend. The changelog was to the point and had all of the key information one would need (date of update, changes, revision etc).

        The process of updating third-party software usually goes like this:

        User not notified until they open the program (i.e they have a current task and are likely not expecting to spend the next 2 minutes updating software). User is prompted “An update is available for ___, do you want to download it?” (tells you nothing more at this time)
        User has to decide between putting off what they were doing to update the program or delaying the update (not a big deal but it’s not intuitive from a user perspective). Let’s say they click yes to update.
        Web browser opens to a page
        User has to locate the correct download button for their OS and architecture (sometimes browsing multiple pages)
        User clicks download
        User clicks browser pop-up to confirm the download
        User waits for download, then clicks the browser downloads button
        User clicks the setup .exe from the drop-down list
        User clicks to confirm running of unsigned setup .exe
        User waits for install wizard to open
        User clicks next on wizard page 1
        User clicks next on download location
        User clicks install on changes page (if they are shown at all that is..)
        User clicks finish
        User has to re-open program manually and check version

        Updating your 7+ Taskbar Tweaker:

        Accepted the update from tray icon (2 clicks total, I believe)
        Program displays a progress bar
        Program restarts and is now up to date

        All in all, it took like 4 seconds for this whole process. Fantastic job, thank you thank you thank you!

  5. Tommy says:

    7+ v5.9 doesn’t work after Windows 10 did an update just now. When starting it says “7+ taskbar tweaker could not load library (5)”.

  6. Nacho says:

    I have same message than others after last updtate to windows 10 v 2004:

    When starting it says “7+ taskbar tweaker could not load library (5)”.

    I didn´t want update windows 10 but it was necesary!!

  7. Dennis says:

    A lot of antivirus software mark this tool as a virus (false positive, for obvious reasons). May I suggest signing the executable? This will give antivirus software information about the legitimacy and origin and will reduce the false positives.

  8. Martin says:

    I am unable to download v5.9.1 of 7tt_setup.exe and keep getting an error message saying something along the lines of “This file in not commonly downloaded”.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      You see this message because the new version was just released and is still not popular enough. You can either choose to open it anyway (Click on “Open”, then “More info” -> “Run anyway”). Alternatively, download it in a couple of days, hopefully the message won’t be shown anymore by then.

  9. Justin says:

    Latest version 5.9.1 working great. Don’t worry about the warning just false positive being new version.

  10. Al says:

    Thank you for the new updates and all your hard work! I just wanted to say I love how easy/seamless it is to update your program, and how simple it is to switch between stable/beta branches. Much appreciated as always!

  11. Giovanni Salvatore says:

    Had BETA 5.9.0.9 installed fine after latest Win10 update, got notice today of new version 5.9.1. McAfee now warns me of the download website for the first time. Turned McAfee off to download, then back on, and now it will not let me install the program as it states virus “Suspect!fe1da0a82443” is in the setup file “7tt_setup.exe”. I’ve tried several times, same result.

    Anyone experiencing this? Michael is an honest guy, so I’m sure this is some anomaly.

    • Giovanni Salvatore says:

      Michael, you can cancel the note I just left a few mins. ago, I now see the few previous posts about this issue being false positive bc it’s new.

  12. VulcanTourist says:

    Is the rumored Portable version not yet ready?

  13. shtreebun says:

    Dude, are you fcuking kidding me?? Thank you so much for such tool!!!!!!
    So simple and so useful!
    🙂

  14. Pneen says:

    Thank you so so much for the new update! Love the HiDPI support!

  15. Jacob says:

    Thank you for the high dpi mode it makes the window look so much better

  16. David says:

    You still haven’t updated at all. V5.9.1 still doesn’t work with the latest Windows 2004 update. Only the beta works with it.

  17. Fran says:

    CAREFUL, I updated via app and I got a bitcoinminer malware.

    Trojan.BitCoinMiner, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WINRMSRV.EXE, En cuarentena, 925, 767022, , , , , 462EE20E8ABBBB559BD1C4F8BE87B123, 5B85CEB558BAADED794E4DB8B8279E2AC42405896B143A63F8A334E6C6BBA3FBTrojan.BitCoinMiner, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WINLOGUI.EXE, En cuarentena, 925, 767023, , , , , FB9F4EB58354E9D3D6B7F84F5D12B639, 91BFB82ED5C32979368EDDCD34861B631926D2352D16ADF189944C4BA8CCF4E1
    Backdoor.Agent, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\TASKS\Microsoft\Windows\WDI\SrvHost, En cuarentena, 865, 653659, , , , , 75503BD9F157A844491ECCCEAF75CEB1, 7786939A04F386D1C354FF8FDE29A4570D4A95AFB3118DD6017D3A1421B237F6Backdoor.Agent, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WINSCOMRSSRV.DLL, En cuarentena, 865, 653659, 1.0.29193, , ame, , 919611928882E781ABAB300BF9227374, CBDD93BA08E87007665250C3253A1FE9AD38511E4A8A2E5305ADC0F36E43AB44

  18. anon says:

    any way to get again the version v5.9.0 ?
    thanks

  19. Matthew says:

    Today I restarted my laptop and AVG prompted me to restart to remove 7+ Taskbar Tweaker as “this is the only way to contain the threat”. Also, on VirusTotal the latest 7tt_setup_beta.exe has 6/70 hits [1] and the latest 7tt_setup.exe has 2/70 hits [2].

    [1] https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/530b173c686d83542391927c4f0880910fd822bf8e90fdeea0b42d6527451066/detection
    [2] https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/0f1a062fcff547c3068caeb2c87a19b5c3165b33b58805c7cc707327cc987c45/detection

    While I suspect these are false positives, it makes me feel a bit too uneasy to keep 7+ Taskbar Tweaker installed on my laptop.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Those are false positive detections. False positives are unfortunately common for new versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and for beta versions which are less common. Please see the FAQ here and this blog post.

      Also, Matthew, please understand that I have no control over the antivirus companies. While it makes me sad to read about your thoughts of stopping using the tweaker, I’m afraid that there’s not much that I can do about it. Perhaps the fact that the tweaker exists for more than a decade (!), with many false positive detections but no actual incidents, can help convince you to keep using it.

  20. Sean says:

    Hello. Is there a support page that displays the hash for the download to verify? Or is that a non-trivial request?

  21. WilliamG says:

    I got “Error opening file for writing” with v5.9.0.11 on Windows 10, version 2004.
    ,but I was able to run and use in portable mode though

  22. William G says:

    This is odd, it was my anti virus, but I was not getting the same error as everyone else(using AVG), It installed fine and worked on the current beta for a week, then it stopped working, but I have not added it to an exception list. Sorry for your time. Love the program so much.

  23. Joe says:

    Look like last cumulativ update (2004) completely removed 7TT (today)

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I haven’t experienced the problem when I updated my own computer to the latest update. Do you have a third party antivirus installed? Perhaps it removed the tweaker due to a false positive detection.

  24. Gabriel says:

    Hi, i have windows 10 (2004) and i have a problem, when i try to delete a file on the desktop, i cant, and im receiving the error that says: you need permissions to do this action, i figured out that the error disapear if i close the 7tt program and restart the explorer. Some other times my antivirus (Avast) block an action that says > “7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe” is trying to delete the file …., so i dont understand what is happening, this isnt happening before, someone with this problem too?

  25. LetsGoBuffalo says:

    Michael, just an FYI that I’m getting the 107 error when running 7+ TT v5.9.1.1 Beta after I just upgraded to the following Windows Home Insider Preview build:

    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
    Version 2004
    OS Build 20211.1000

    Just thought I’d let you know in case you haven’t heard yet. Looking forward to the 7+ TT beta that works with this OS Build.

    Hope you’re doing well and thanks as always for your hard work.

  26. SC says:

    v5.9.1.1 (beta)‬ not work on
    Evaluation copy Build 20211.re_prerelease.200904-1619

  27. Jenga says:

    Hey there, first I wanted to say, thanks for this masterpiece! It eases my daily life. I donated some bucks to your wallet.

    Recently I noticed my taskbar right-click context menu not working anymore. It will only show the basic items like Unpin and Close. Anything custom that the software itself might add is not seen anymore. First I thought its some Windows bug and I deleted several cache items. Nothing worked, except when I exited 7+ TBT.

    The only thing I have done recently is to upgrade to 2004 and also update my 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. I don’t know which one is to blame. I also tried the latest beta but to no avail.

    My settings: https://i.imgur.com/MlBsKVK.png
    Example of correct context menu: https://i.imgur.com/wdxQ4OL.png

    Cheers

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Jenga,

      That might happen if you change an item’s AppId. Perhaps you did that with the right mouse dragging option (“Drag within/between groups using right mouse button”).

      Open Taskbar Inspector and see whether the “restore” option fixes the issue: https://i.imgur.com/T9Frbt1.png

      P.S. If that was the actual issue, I wouldn’t expect exiting the tweaker to fix it. Also closing and re-launching Firefox should solve it. Try out these things and let me know what you found.

      • Jenga says:

        Thanks for your reply. This actually happens to all my taskbar items. When closing 7+ TBT the context menu behaves normally again.

        This issue persisted through multiple reboots already and is ongoing for about a week or so. Nonetheless I tried to restore the Appid, which did not seem to do anything (probably because it wasn’t changed).

        Do you have an overview of old 7+ TBT versions? I might go back 2-3 versions and maybe it works again.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          It’s a different issue then. Do you experience it if you restore all of the tweaker’s options to default? If not, could you track the option that causes this behavior?

          Do you have an overview of old 7+ TBT versions? I might go back 2-3 versions and maybe it works again.

          You can find previous versions here, but they won’t work with Windows 10 version 2004.

          • Jenga says:

            I can confirm that deleting HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\7 Taskbar Tweaker and starting 7+ TBT still causes this, with default settings then.

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              I don’t have ideas and I can’t reproduce it on my computer, but please provide me the following and perhaps I’ll have some insights:

              • Please specify your explorer.exe file version.
              • What’s your exact Windows 10 version, and is it 32 or 64-bit?
              • Do you have any other customization tools?
              • Here are three tweaker versions with reduced functionality, each removes more things such as system hooks. Please try them and let me know which ones cause the issue.
  28. Steven says:

    no_width_limit issue: I usually put the taskbar on the right and makes it narrowest. If I lock down the computer for a while (probably turn into sleep mode), the width will become wide again and I have adjust it again.

    version: 5.9.1
    windows 10 2004
    os: 19041.508

  29. Shawn says:

    This application is brilliant. This was an awesome find!

  30. wmnt says:

    Hi Michael,

    First off, big fan of 7TT for quite many years now!
    I’ve migrated to a Windows 10 on an Arm device recently and I cannot get 7TT to work.
    While the installer runs correctly, I’m guessing the executable is x64 as I get an error at launch about Windows not being able to execute the app; emulation for x64 is not currently supported.
    I guess asking for a native Arm build is too much at this point 😉 but is there an option to get an x86/32-bit build of 7TT?

    Thanks

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      Arm versions of Windows aren’t supported. There are two variants of the tweaker, 32-bit and 64-bit, and the installer chooses the correct variant based on the OS. It looks like for an Arm OS it chooses the 64-bit variant. But even if it would choose the 32-bit variant, it wouldn’t work since explorer is a native Arm program.

      If I ever get my hand on an Arm device, I might look into porting it properly.

  31. Connor says:

    Hi, it looks like the userecho site isn’t working properly? I can’t click into any of the topics to view the details. Is it just me?

    I’m having an issue with un-grouped UWP apps only showing their icon in the first instance of the program. If I open more they don’t have any taskbar icon. Is this a known problem?

    Thanks

  32. Siddhi says:

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the very useful tools.
    I appreciate your will to share it with us. 🙂

    However, do you know why my taskbar is always change to its ‘normal’ form after I exit from a game? It never able to keep its “tweaked” form everytime I exit from a game, so I need to change manually tweak it back after I finished the game.

    I use a dell XPS 15 with 4k screen, and most of my game is on 1080 resultion. I think this resolution difference is the cause of the issue.
    Is there any setting that I can use to fix this?

    If there is any setting that I can use to solve this problem please let me know.

    Thanks mate 🙂

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Siddhi,
      Are you talking about a specific tweak? I’d assume that, for example, the no_width_limit option can reset itself if the system resolution changes, not sure. The other tweaks, at least most of them, shouldn’t be affected from launching a game.
      Please provide more details about the things you need to tweak every time.

  33. LetsGoBuffalo says:

    Greetings Michael!!

    Just an FYI that I’m running 7+ TT v5.9.1.3 Beta and getting the following error at startup:

    “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (5)”

    I just upgraded to the following Windows Home Insider Preview build:

    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
    Version 2004
    Installed Oct 1, 2020
    OS Build 20226.1000

    Just thought I’d let you know in case you haven’t heard yet. Looking forward to the 7+ TT beta that works with this OS Build. Hope you’re doing well and thanks as always for your hard work!!

    Have a great weekend my good sir!

  34. Mark Milano says:

    Hi,

    I donated $5 – can I get a beta code for 7+ taskbar tweaker?

    Thanks.

  35. Patrick says:

    Hello RaMMichael.

    I would like to let you know that I get the following error since I upgraded to
    Windows 10 Insider Preview 20231:
    7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (5)

  36. LetsGoBuffalo says:

    Greetings Michael!!

    The Chase is back on! I’m running 7+ TT v5.9.1.4 Beta and got the following startup error after an update:

    “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (5)”

    I just upgraded to the following Windows Home Insider Preview build:

    Windows 10 Home Insider Preview
    Version 2004
    Installed Oct 9, 2020
    OS Build 20231.1000

    The Chase is back on after only 8 days. Who’s running the circus at Microsoft…they need to clean up their act??

    Good Luck with the Chase Mr. Chaser! We believe in you!!

  37. kpcheong says:

    Hello RaMMichael!

    Thank you for the fantastic 7tt software. It seems that the defender in Windows 10 19042.541 completely blocks 7tt from installing and running. The beta version installed in my notebook has been removed silently by the windows defender. I cannot even download a new beta version to install since each download is blocked and removed. How to solve this problem?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,
      If you don’t need the features of the beta version, it’s best to use the latest non-beta version since it has much less issues with false positive detections. If you need the beta version, you can try adding the tweaker’s setup file and installation folder to the exclusions list of your antivirus software. You can also contact your antivirus company about it, usually they remove the false positive detection after a couple of days.

  38. Harry Gindi says:

    5.9.15 is being detected in the latest insider build as a severe threat. I was able to install it, but I had to add a manual folder exclusion to even get it to run. Is there anything you can do?

  39. Cornel says:

    My antivirus – Bitdefender suggested that this app has something to do with the HDD encryption ransomware attack. I had to uninstall it. Any idea why?
    I run windows 10.

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