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 (1.59 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.9

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.6 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.9.0.9
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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5,365 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Eli says:

    Hi Michael, I am on build 19041.421. Despite free support for Windows version 2004, 7+ taskbar tweaker fails to launch with error 5. If you could fix this soon it would be appreciated.

  2. DannyJ says:

    Some days ago I got 2004 as an update on all of my laptops. The other day 2 laptops did reboot in the night and I saw that they got KB4568831 (421). Quite weird, as 2 others did not get it.

  3. Joquin says:

    To perform its tasks, must your ‘7+ Taskbar Tweaker’ be resident in memory to work for any tweaks applied?

  4. RyanH says:

    Thank you so much for the recent beta for Windows 10 version 2004. I finally got my favorite feature from 7+ back again: scrolling anywhere on the taskbar to change volume.

  5. Karl says:

    Hi Michael. Just wanted to say thank you for such a great program. It has made my life so much easier and allowed me to customize my PC to my liking. Hope you have a great day!

    Karl

  6. xingxing says:

    Hi, my computer was upgraded to 19041.421 via Microsoft’s automatic update, and now the official version of the software is no longer available, so I hope the author will update it soon.

  7. TraTo says:

    I came across this application after upgrading to Windows 10 in April. It didn’t work back then, because I was already on version 2004. I didn’t say anything, giving that I installed a preview version.

    It started to work at the end of June, and now, roughly 4 weeks later, it doesn’t work again – Windows version not supported after installing an optional update meant to fix a number of issues.

    The freeware version does not work. The paid beta (and it’s a beta!) does. It’s effectively shareware, fraudulently offered as freeware. I have no problem with shareware. It’s absolutely legitimate to make money with a handy tool like this one. I have a problem with getting trolled – in a way that’s even legally questionable. There is no reason to block it based on a version check. Even prior to June 27, it was reported that it was mostly working on 2004.

    You have to remove your bizarre built-in version check. Otherwise this is a scam. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. That’s it. You’re treating people who trusted you and fell for your freeware claim horribly. Imagine you install this on the PC of your dad or mom – it just stops working for no reason at all.

    Again, I didn’t say anything until now, but this is a total joke. You can’t recommend this thing to anyone. I’d have donated 15 euros if this thing just worked until the next feature update. It doesn’t, because you don’t want it to work. You have to be autistic to code something like that. I have no intention to entertain this circus for all eternity. Really sad given it truly made Windows better. A great piece of software in the hands of the wrong person.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi TraTo,

      Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. I’m very sorry that it’s not very good. I’ll try to address your points.

      It didn’t work back then, because I was already on version 2004.

      Indeed, it took some time for me to update the tweaker for Windows 10 version 2004. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is a project I’m working on at my spare time, and with a major Windows update twice a year, it’s difficult to always have a version ready at day one. Especially since I, myself, usually update when the new update is offered by Microsoft, which takes a while, and by then the new tweaker version is ready.

      Regarding the beta version and the access code – it’s intended as a “thank you” for supporters to have a mostly functional version for insider builds. Please see my comment here for a more elaborate answer.

      The freeware version does not work. The paid beta (and it’s a beta!) does.

      It’s true that an additional update broke 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Unfortunately, this is out of my control, but I do my best to keep up with the changes. I released a beta version as soon as I could, but it still has minor flaws I’m aware of, and I plan to fix them and release a non-beta version once I have the time for it.

      Also, please note that unlike the previous time, this time the beta version doesn’t require an access code. That’s because the fix is not for supporting an insider build. You probably didn’t notice this because you already have a code, so it just works either way.

      There is no reason to block it based on a version check.

      The tweaker never does that. It might show a message, which can be skipped, depending on the Windows version. But it always allows to run the tweaker. If the Windows version is actually unsupported due to new changes, explorer might crash. Also note that most of the tweaker’s source code is released on GitHub.

      Imagine you install this on the PC of your dad or mom – it just stops working for no reason at all.

      I understand. Unfortunately, I’m afraid there’s no magic solution to this. On the other hand, I believe that with the current model, most moms and dads won’t experience problems since they don’t update right away when a new Windows version is released.

      I’d have donated 15 euros if this thing just worked until the next feature update.

      I appreciate your initial trust. Please contact me via email with the details and I’ll issue a refund. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  8. Jaqi says:

    @RaMMicHaeL
    I wanted to take a moment to thank you for this program and tell you that you’re a saint in being able to not only do this in your spare time (I make custom content for the Sims games and know how perfection-driven, ergo time-consuming it can be), but in being able to stomach people like ‘TraTo’. You’re a much better person than I am, that’s for sure.
    @Trato
    I think your anger is misdirected. You should vent angrily at MS and their garbage Windows systems rather than at someone who obviously is trying to help.

  9. gesherx3 says:

    7+ Takbar Tweaker: Could not load library (5)
    Library initializacion failed, perhaps your Windows version is not supported.

    my os Windows 10 19041.423

  10. Mike says:

    Just saw you removed the donation restriction (license fee) for the beta version.

    Subsequently donated.

    Had to install KB4568831 in order to remedy a peristent powercfg request from MoUsoCoreWorker.exe

    7TT wouldn’t load a library. Was thrilled to see a fix had already implemented in beta.

    Thanks for your steadfast efforts.

  11. Ellery_D says:

    As with other users, my Aug 2020 Win 10 update causes 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to produce a library error upon loading. Oddly, the 5.909 beta was also unusable, because, I see 7+ in the taskbar tray, but cannot access it. Clicking on the icon did nothing.

    I determined that Norton SONAR was blocking it based on newness and behavior. The solution is to locate the Norton Sonar Exclusion feature. You cannot get to this by clicking Security or Advanced. Instead, click:
    Settings > Scans & Risks > Exclusions > Items to exclude from Auto-Protect, Script Control, SONAR and Download Intelligence.

    Next, exclude this folder from SONAR testing:
    C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    During the 7+ install, you will also have to bypass several warnings from Windows Defender. They make it difficult to bypass the false positive interception. It just says that the threat has been removed. Look for a link that says Advanced or More. Then choose RESTORE or Run Anyway.

    As always, Kudos for writing such a great utility and for making it available.

    ~Ellery_D

  12. David Bailey says:

    I have Windows 10 update 2004 installed now and there is an error. It says (7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (5) Library initialization failed, perhaps your Windows version is not supported. So yeah, you’ll have to update the tweaker again. However the most current beta works with update 2004.

    • Yanick says:

      Same problem here. I am on version 2004 normal update channel (not insider). Just received and installed an optional update KB4568831. (FYI, after this update, new start menu design can be enabled by adding a registry key.)

  13. Hi, there. I also installed the Windows 10 version 2004 update to fix a sleep issue and just now tried to download the beta (I donated previously) and get a “This site can’t be reached” error. When will you be posting the beta again (or updating the main version for 2004)?

    Thanks!
    David

  14. lechero says:

    It does not work with KB4568831 on my computer.
    Sorry, my English should be better, anyway, my gratitude to you for all you have done for us.

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