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: v5.10

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.59 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.9.1.7
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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5,660 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Waltari says:

    Hello, please add update for tweaker, now its not supported on win10. Thanks

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Waltari,
      Please try the beta version. Let me know if it works.

      • Waltari says:

        program is running but not working 🙁 win 10 enterprise

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Are you getting an error message? If you do, what’s the exact message text? Also, are you running 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.9.1.7? If not, please try it as it’s the most recent beta version.

          • Dale says:

            The error message of the current 5.9.1 release says “Could not load library (107). Library initialization failed, perhaps your windows version is not supported.”

            I’m on Windows 10 version 1909 OS build 18363.1171

            On my home PC the OS version is 18363.1139 and it works fine.

            Hope that helps.

            I installed the 5.9.1.7 beta version and it works.

  2. Waltari says:

    https://prnt.sc/v8xrd8
    This is on normal relase.
    Beta version is without this error, but if i set something is not work.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      If you can look at the changelog, you can see that some of the most recent updates are supported only by the beta version. I’ll release a new non-beta version in the near future.

      if i set something is not work

      What do you mean by that?

  3. Waltari says:

    on beta relase is program running but i if I set something is not working,or what you need? sorry my english is bad…

  4. Waltari says:

    i use that tweaker only for split icons without text, but old is not running for bad system and beta cant set it.

  5. Waltari says:

    Yep like what you said, main tweaker got error message and on beta options not working.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I don’t know why that happens, it works for me, and so far, nobody reported such a problem. My only guess is that perhaps an antivirus blocks the beta version of the tweaker. You can try adding it to the exclusions list of your antivirus software.

  6. Waltari says:

    Nope Idont use any AV and defender is disabled from services and registry too.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Can you perhaps post a video of you launching the beta version? Show the options, the about box, and the taskbar, so I can see the problem. Perhaps I can understand from the video what’s going on.

  7. Waltari says:

    OK but say me how 🙂

  8. Waltari says:

    That why have only 2 icons and now with text? how i can remove that text? i need only icons….

  9. Waltari says:

    i dont know where is a problem, few day ago after some stupid win update dont work it and i dont know why.. sorry im noob.. i can combine it without labels and if i pick never, but without labels is missed ….

  10. ofzza says:

    I’m having a weird new issue on Windows 10 20H2 and the latest v5.10 where all of the Edge browser’s tabs are shown in the taskbar separately, along with the browser window: https://imgur.com/a/cXL76Hr

    This only happens when running 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (so not a native Windows/Edge issue) and also goes away temporarily when switching grouping options, but comes back in a little while no matter which options I select.

    I’ve also tested if this has anything to do with the new option in Windows for optionally showing browser tabs in Alt+Tab menu and from what I can tell it does not.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I couldn’t reproduce it. Here’s my attempt: https://imgur.com/a/Au2fyxp
      Any idea about a way to reproduce the problem?

      • ofzza says:

        I wasn’t able to find a 100% reliable reproduction, but I can get it to happen semi-consistently when switching between virtual desktops: https://imgur.com/a/gvU1eVm

        Once I have the extra taskbar item showing, I can make it go away by messing with grouping options.

        Hope this helps …

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          I tried to reproduce it some more while looking at your recording, but wasn’t able to reproduce the problem.

          If I understand it correctly, it happens also when “Group by Application ID (default)” is selected (“no matter which options I select”), but it doesn’t happen if the tweaker is not running?

          If you won’t be able to come up with reproduction steps, we can try the following: I can create several debug versions of the tweaker, each with more reduced functionality. Then you can check them and see which ones trigger the bug. Then I can reduce it further until we pinpoint to the location in the code responsible for the problem.

          • ofzza says:

            The problem would go away when I closed TT, and because it is intermittent I wasn’t previously able to reproduce it with TT closed, so I assumed it was due to TT – turns out it is not!

            After some trial and error I managed to reproduce the issue with TT closed and have since found this issue is related to just Windows 20H2/Edge: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/discussions/on-version-20h2-the-file-explorer-on-the-taskbar-often-shows-an/m-p/1590769

            I really appreciate you jumping on this so quickly and do apologise about the erroneous bug report!

            Also, thank you for this great tool – [virtual_desktop_order_fix] in particular has been a life saver for me for years now!

            All that said …

            Since what ever type of TT/taskbar (re)initialization that happens on TT grouping config update (and on TT start and on TT close) removes these extra taskbar items, and since these extra tabs only seem to appear after switching Virtual desktops, maybe it would be possible to add an additional option into TT to re-run this (re)initialization step after each Virtual desktop switch and this way fix the issue, assuming it is not fixed soon by Edge?

            Should you want to dig into this and maybe integrate a fix into TT – similar to how you did [virtual_desktop_order_fix] – I’d be more than happy to run what ever you need me to, provide any debug or other logs that might be helpful, or try and come up with a more reliable reproduction.

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              Good to know that it’s not the tweaker’s fault. According to the Microsoft Tech Community link, looks like the new Alt+Tab feature was a bit rushed and has several problems.

              what ever type of TT/taskbar (re)initialization that happens on TT grouping config update

              What happens is that all the items on the taskbar are removed and re-added while re-drawing is disabled.

              maybe it would be possible to add an additional option into TT to re-run this (re)initialization step after each Virtual desktop switch and this way fix the issue, assuming it is not fixed soon by Edge?

              It would be possible, but I prefer to have it fixed on Microsoft’s end. According to the Microsoft Tech Community link, it’s fixed in one of the dev builds, so hopefully the fix will be included in the next update.

  11. Tim says:

    Getting a “Severe” threat warning from Windows regarding ver 5.10 exe as soon as it’s downloaded. The file is being sent straight to quarantine. I have never seen anything like this before with 7+TT downloads. Here what’s being reported:

    “This program is dangerous and executes commands from an attacker.”

    “Trojan:Win32/Wacatac.C!ml”

    I wanted you to know in case there’s something going on that you might not be aware of yet.

  12. Tim says:

    Very good. I had gotten lower grade warnings on a few previous upgrade installations but never one marked as “severe”, so thought it best let you know to be sure. Thank you for the reply and for your indispensable 7+TT program.

  13. Craig says:

    RaMMicHaeL-

    Thanks for getting a new version released for v20H2.

    Unfortunately my work computer can’t install it since it says “xpack” is blocked as a potential virus, and I can’t override it since it’s a work computer.
    This exact thing happened for the prior version and then a few weeks later you changed something and it was able to install.

    Is there a different way I can install this new version of taskbar tweaker?
    Thank you!

    -Craig

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Craig,
      Unfortunately these kinds of false positive detections are out of my control. Please contact your antivirus company and ask them to remove the false positive detection. Alternatively, you can just add the tweaker to the exclusions list.

  14. John Trainor says:

    Thank you very much, you solved my problem – wanted to turn off the show desktop button to the right of the clock as it activates sometimes when I’m not careful scrolling near the bottom of a webpage. I have a Windows 7 “Show Desktop” icon by the Start button.

  15. Seren says:

    Hello,

    I have been a taskbar tweaker user for several years now. Thank you for that. I love it.

    I use it to sort the application buttons in any way that want to in the taskbar. Helps me to prioritize task. I hate how windows forces me to group taskbar buttons together by application.
    The company I work for has installed Sentinal One Antivirus software that is now blocking it out. Getting red tape and run around to get any approval which may ultimately fail.

    Is there anyway for app to be coded to avoid the false positives? Or it there other programs that can preform similar tasks that avoids false positives? I would pay for those kind of changes to the code if that helps.

    Regards,
    Seren

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Seren,

      Thank you for that. I love it.

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you like it 🙂

      Is there anyway for app to be coded to avoid the false positives?

      I don’t know. If I could install it and try it out (and I assume that I can’t since it’s an enterprise solution), I might be able to find a way to bypass it. But they might flag it again in the future. I don’t know why they flag the tweaker, and whether it’s accidentally or deliberately (as in: it’s not a popular program of a big corporation, and so it’s potentially dangerous). Perhaps contacting them can shed some light on it.

      Having said that, there’s a comment on the blog claiming that it’s possible to bypass the SentinelOne protection by using WinDbg. You might want to try it out.

      Or it there other programs that can preform similar tasks that avoids false positives?

      I’m afraid that the answer is no.

  16. Patrick says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL.

    It seems the newest insider once again broke 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
    I get the following error:
    Library initialization failed, perhaps your Windows version is not supported.

    Windows 10 Insider Preview 20251.1

    Thank you very much for all the time and work you invest into this very useful tool.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Patrick,

      If I’m not mistaken, Windows 10 Insider Preview 20251.1 should be supported by the most recent beta version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, v5.9.1.7. Is that the version you tried?

      • Patrick says:

        Hi RaMMicHaeL.

        Thank you very much for your reply although it is weekend.

        I have tried 5.9.1.7 and 5.10, unfortunately both do fail for me to properly initialize.

        I could swear it worked but than stopped working for some, to me, unknown reason.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          What is the exact text of the error message that you see with version 5.9.1.7?

          • Patrick says:

            Please disregard, for some reason it works again today. (i don’t know why)

            Yesterday i got the error which we usually get when Microsoft changes something and therefor your tool can’t initiate anymore.
            But since it just works again I can’t give you the full error message for now.

  17. Leonardo says:

    Just passing by to thank you for this little and most useful app.

  18. Logan says:

    I’ve been trying to update Taskbar Tweaker, but everytime I try to open the program or click finish on updating it, or even uninstall it to attempt a reinstall, it gives me an error popup stating that “windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may or may not have the appropriate permissions to access them.”

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Perhaps that happens because your antivirus blocks the program for some reason. You can try to add the tweaker’s folder to the exclusions list of your antivirus and see whether it makes a difference.

  19. Carl says:

    Can you add the following options:

    when I right click on the volume control icon in the system tray and select open sound settings, can it go straight to the sound control panel? Right now it sends me to the sound settings in the settings app, and then I need to click on sound control panel.
    enable the system control panel again when I go into control panel. In the windows 10 october 2020 release, it sends you to an about screen in the settings app.
    when I right click on the network icon in the system tray and select open network & internet settings, can it go straight to the network and sharing center control panel instead? Right now it goes to network & internet in the settings app.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I don’t plan to add this kind of functionality, but you can do something similar yourself by using the tweaker’s advanced options.

      See my answer here for a way to launch a custom command on an event. An event can be a mouse/keyboard shortcut such as Shift+Right clicking on the taskbar or on the volume icon.

      Here’s a thread which mentions commands for launching the sound settings, mentioning commands such as:

      • explorer shell:::{F2DDFC82-8F12-4CDD-B7DC-D4FE1425AA4D}

      • control.exe /name Microsoft.Sound

      • control mmsys.cpl,,0

  20. Amir says:

    Hey! Great App, working just fine on my Windows 10. I wanted to ask if you plan to implement centering the taskbar? I’d really like to have them in the center rather than from left to right (or from top to bottom, in vertical case.). Would be awesome! all the best

  21. Choinski says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker big icon on menu not supported windows version after win 10 update version 20h2

  22. Marco says:

    Hello for the new Windows 20h2 version, your beta version doesn’t install properly. BUT it does work fine if you uninstall first then reinstall and choose a different install path than appdata/roaming etc.

    So it seems with the new windows version, it doesn’t allow to install there? Not sure as I’m not an expert but perhaps a tweak needs to be made in the installation code.

    Hoping this helps other users

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Marco,

      I’m not familiar with any path-related issues, and no users but you have reported such issues so far. Perhaps it has something to do with an antivirus. Unfortunately it’s common for antivirus programs to falsely detect the tweaker as malicious, and it might cause troubles if e.g. the file is locked. These kinds of incorrect detections are eventually removed.

      In any case, I’m glad that you found a solution, and I’ll keep an eye on it in case other users report a similar issue.

  23. perlen says:

    Please update, it hasn’t been working on several Windows Insider preview versions now.

  24. Dr. Daniel Cygan says:

    Hello, since a few days my Task Bar Tweaker does not work any more. At Windows 10 start the error message “Could not load program library (107)” appears. please help, thanks daniel.

  25. Susan from Switzerland says:

    Dear RaMMicHael.
    Unbelievable. As an ordinary user I have for a very long time been searching and searching for a solution to get rid of the Taskbar Thumbnail Previews. They are so awful and annoying, in fact what are they good for?
    Finally found a solution: Tweaker. Downloaded, installed, ran and then configured in 3 minutes. And – lo and behold – the hated thumbnails are the past. GONE, GONe, Gone, gone.
    Thank you so much. I have already made a donation for this ingenious program.
    Cherioo from Switzerland, Susan

  26. Everton Dantas says:

    Just here to thank really, updated to 20H2 which broke the app. But now its back and i can go back to productivity again without all the windows struggles, thank you so much for keeping this up. It’s perfect.

  27. ahoyahoy says:

    Hello there,
    thank you for this useful tool.
    Please consider adding support for saving different taskbar position according to screen orientation.
    Suitable for tablets.
    When I have a landscape screen orientation, the left side is an ideal place for the taskbar.
    But for portrait orientation, I would like to have the taskbar on the top side.

    Thank you 🙂

  28. Fbod says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (107)

    Library initialization failed, perhaps your Windows version is not supported.

  29. John Smith says:

    Can you add support to pin portable apps to the taskbar (without it creating an extra taskbar icon when you click to launch the app)?

    I use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (https://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable). When I run the app, it does not have an option to pin the program to the taskbar. One way around this is to just pin a different program to the taskbar, go to Properties, and then change the paths to Firefox Portable. But then there is a new problem. It will be pinned to the taskbar. In my case, I moved the pinned Firefox Portable to the far left side of the taskbar. But when I click it to open up the program, it creates a new program icon to the far right end of the taskbar instead of using the pre-existing pinned icon. I think that with a program like yours, if altered slightly, it might actually be possible to make it work properly.

    I’ve read some things on the internet. One theory is that the pinned program’s appid and the actual program’s appid is different, like the later has an extra space in the appid or something. I dunno. But maybe you can figure it out?

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