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 (1.69 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.11.2

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.69 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.11.2.1
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.

Selecting the portable installation type

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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5,985 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Bernd says:

    Hi,

    is there a reason the “Issues” tab is disabled on the GitHub page? https://github.com/m417z/7-Taskbar-Tweaker

    IMO it would make much more sense for users to be able to report issues there in a sorted and searchable way instead of having to potentially search through this giant monolithic comments section of 50 pages by hand to see if their issue is already known. If a GitHub repo exists then that Issues tab really is the place to use for that.

    I’d go as far as recommending to move all comments from here to issues via a script and a “bot” account who posts the replies from here as quotes, then close the comments here and put a link here saying to post issues (or other comments) over there on GitHub instead.

    The same goes for the download of the exe itself, use GitHub Releases for that, which is at least somewhat more trustworthy than some ramshackle homepage of a random guy on the internet (sorry for the harsh words but it’s true from a security standpoint) because things like the date of creation for Releases is verifiable, whereas on a private homepage the exe could be silently replaced at any point in time without anyone noticing, be it by you going rogue or an attacker who managed to get access to this homepage.

    And further this also goes for the automatic update process. On the GitHub page it says “Some other boring functionality, such as the update checking mechanism, was omitted as well.” Sorry, but I disagree; That is not “boring” but vital to be verifiable. If the update downloads files from an undisclosed server there could be whatever code in there. Maybe instead let the update code check against a “versions.json” file in the GitHub repo which then contains a list of releases including version number, release date, hash code of the binaries, url to the Releases download link on GitHub page. If required, set it up as the main repo for the main program and a side-repo for a patcher which replaces the required files in the installation directory if the main program cannot do that itself while it’s running or something.

    And finally, for the code on GitHub to be verifiable by others, it should be as readable as possible, meaning spelled out names everywhere instead of undecipherable abbreviations (which I see a lot of other programmers do despite a couple of extra letters not costing any money or performance), shorter files where possible instead of giant multi-thousand lines-of-code classes, short and snappy methods which do one thing alone, as well as useful xml comments which explain why something is being done (instead of just repeating what is being done) and a documentation which gets automatically generated from those comments via Doxygen and a GitHub Continuous Integretion script, with the settings set to generate full uml graphs, caller graphs, and call graphs to make it as easy as possible to understand what exactly is happening.

    While the comments section alone shows that you have many users who have been using this tool for years, you are nowhere near the size of corporations such as Microsoft et al who are liable by their business taking a hit if they decided to do something shady.

    Stay safe and help others stay safe as well!

    P.S. The fact that the homepage went down with a complete connection timeout followed by 3 error codes (“database error”, “404”, “1020”) when trying to refresh the page with a couple of hours in between each time just as I wanted to post this comment earlier isn’t exactly confidence-inspiring either…

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Bernd,

      Thank you for taking the time and writing the feedback, I appreciate it.

      is there a reason the “Issues” tab is disabled on the GitHub page?

      The reason is that I use UserEcho for tracking issues and feature requests. The comments here are more for casual discussion and questions than for specific bug reports and new ideas.

      The same goes for the download of the exe itself, use GitHub Releases for that

      I’d lose a bit of flexibility in doing things like managing the download count and the simpler version update flow, but it should be possible, I’ll consider doing that in the future. Also, I try to comment on each release on VirusTotal (v5.10.1 as an example) on the setup file I just built, you might want to use that as an extra check.

      Maybe instead let the update code check against a “versions.json” file in the GitHub repo which then contains a list of releases including […]

      This is a good idea, but that’s something that takes time to do and adapt to. I might do something like this in the future, but I can’t tell when. If this is important to you, you might want to consider using a package manager such as winget to install and update 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. I didn’t use it personally, but I believe it should work, and I know that it verifies the hash of the downloaded setup file.

      And finally, for the code on GitHub to be verifiable by others, […]

      First of all, my goal for releasing the source code was mainly education, to show how the tweaker works and achieves what it does, less so for using it directly or verifying the binaries. The source code was released many years after the tool appeared since people asked for it, and for me it was a compromise I settled on, releasing most of it but not everything.

      Regarding the quality and documentation, that would be great, but you must understand that this is a hobby project, and it spans across more than 10 years, starting with times when I was less experienced. My focus is on users, not on source code readers (the code I didn’t even intend to release), and so I worked hard for things such as features, translations, the help file, etc.

      Nevertheless, if you have any questions about the source code, I’ll happily answer them.

      you are nowhere near the size of corporations such as Microsoft et al who are liable by their business taking a hit if they decided to do something shady

      You’re right, and I give no guarantees. I just try to make a helpful tool for me and for others, it’s up to you whether to use it.

      The fact that the homepage went down with a complete connection timeout followed by 3 error codes (“database error”, “404”, “1020”) when trying to refresh the page with a couple of hours in between each time just as I wanted to post this comment earlier isn’t exactly confidence-inspiring either…

      Yeah, that was a bad timing that it occurred just after a release of a new version. The downtime was caused by a server update that got me by surprise, and I had to do some work to fix it. The first errors (“database error”, “404”) were my attempts to got out a quick fix, but once I realized it’s not so simple, I blocked incoming connections to the server, causing error 1020.

      On the bright side, perhaps you wouldn’t write your comment if not for the downtime 🙂

      Stay safe and help others stay safe as well!

      Thanks, you too!

  2. Andrew Grant says:

    Hello, your reply isn’t showing up for me so I am typing this in a separate comment. Here is a picture of the about screen: https://imgur.com/QWM9yky

    I am using Windows 10 Education OS Build 19041.928 on dual 4k monitors at 125% scaling.

    My accent color is #404040, and I am using dark mode windows with light mode apps (changing any of these does not fix it)

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Interesting, the tweaker is just using the standard way of creating a dialog, using functionality that is provided by Windows. Apps such as Visual Studio use this functionality too. I suspect that it has something to do with your system, be it bad configuration or an actual Windows bug, and that other programs are affected too. Unfortunately, I didn’t find such a dialog in built in Windows tools to be able to verify this easily.

  3. Antonis says:

    Hello

    I have upgraded to 5.10.1 yesterday (from 5.10). The software is not working – failed to inject library (1003) – but 5.10 was working fine and no other changes happened to the system.

    This is a heavily locked corporate laptop using Cylance among other stuff. Assuming that 5.10.1 did not change architecture, then maybe 5.10 was ‘known’ to the thread engine and thus allowed to run whereas 5.10.1 is unknown and thus blocked.

    Is it possible to download v5.10 so that I can regain my sanity until 5.10.1 trickles through the thread list (PS. I have no access to whitelist anything – 5.10 was just install and run with no other tweaking).

  4. Kert says:

    RaMMicHaeL is there a program to save many taskbar tabs, with all of the right files open in the right programs. A sort of “tab restore” that works akin to the way internet browsers restore their tabs. Which one can use as a way of getting back to exactly the same point of work.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      It would be great if that was possible. Unfortunately, it requires cooperation from the running programs. Some programs, like Chrome, are able to restore their windows, but if the target program doesn’t implement window restoring, the windows can’t be magically restored.

  5. VE says:

    Hi! Huge fan (and supporter) of your app!

    I am trying to do something, but don’t know how to do it.

    I just now had a dozen “File Explorer” windows open which combined show up as one on the task bar. I have Decombine on mouse hover active.

    I wanted to close them all all once, and I was hoping I could press ALT or CTRL or something while doing mouseover to avoid they combine. Is this not a “thing”, or could it become a feature? Or is there another way I can interact with a combined group for one-click closing that maybe I just don’t know about?

    Thanks always!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi!

      I was hoping I could press ALT or CTRL or something while doing mouseover to avoid they combine. Is this not a “thing”, or could it become a feature?

      No, currently that’s not implemented, but it’s a good idea. I’ll consider adding something like this in a future update.

      Or is there another way I can interact with a combined group for one-click closing that maybe I just don’t know about?

      There are two ways I can think of:
      1. Use Taskbar Inspector. You can double click on the Explorer group, then right click and choose to close all windows. It can also help if you want to close only some of the windows in the group, or close multiple groups at once, by selecting the items that you want with shift or ctrl keys.
      2. You can configure a keyboard shortcut to close all group items via advanced options. For example, you can set ctrl+shift+middle click to close the all group items.

  6. John Smith says:

    Your program is extremely flawed when it comes to installation and updates.

    Your website says “portable installation available”, but the download link just says 7tt_setup.exe (v5.10.1) and doesn’t say if that is the portable version or not. So it’s possible that it is the full installation exe and the portable installation download link isn’t on the https://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker page. I went ahead and assumed that 7tt_setup.exe is the portable installation, but I have no way of knowing.

    So my preferred install location is “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker”.

    While my v.5.10 is running from the “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker” location, the program prompts me to update, and I click yes update. It then acts like it updates. It will even show v5.10.1 if I click the About button. But if I close the program and then go back to “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker” and restart the program, it will show version v5.10 (not v.5.10.1) and will eventually prompt me to update it to v.5.10.1 again. It’s like the program doesn’t update to the same directory that the program was originally running from. It is instead updated to some other location that I can’t find. And when the program prompts me to update and I click yes, it never asks where I want to update the program to.

    So I tried downloading the 7tt_setup.exe and using that .exe to update instead of updating directly from the program. Once again, it did not prompt me and ask what location I wanted to update to. It just automatically updated to whatever location that it wanted. When I click “Run 7+ Taskbar Tweaker” and then click the About button, it will show v.5.10.1. But if I close the program and go to “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker” and start the program again, it will show v.5.10 (not v.5.10.1) and will eventually prompt me to update to v.5.10.1 again.

    And if I go to “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker” and look at Date Modified, it will show November 01, 2020. So it clearly isn’t updating to my preferred location. It is installing the update somewhere else.

    So I can only conclude that updating from inside the running program itself AND updating using the 7tt_setup.exe both update the program to a different location, but not the location that I want. I would go to that location and copy the folder contents to my desired location. But I don’t even know where it is being downloaded to. I’ve checked Program Files, Program Files (x86), ProgramData, Local, LocalLow, Roaming, and Documents. And I can’t find the v.5.10.1 in any of those locations.

    The update (and installation) process is so infuriating. I love the program for what it does. But I don’t see how anyone can defend how flawed this update and installation process is. 1.) If you update from the program itself, it should update to the exact location the program is being run from. 2 .) If you update the program or install the program, it should prompt you WHERE you want to install the update or program. 3.) On https://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker, instead of saying that a “portable installation is available” it should actually list next to the download link whether it is full installation or portable installation.

    According to your F.A.Q., when installing the program it will prompt you on whether you want to install as Standard or Portable. But that doesn’t happen for me. When I click “Reinstall” (not Uninstall, because I don’t want to lose my settings), it doesn’t ask if I want Standard or Portable. It just automatically installs, without asking me where I want to install, and it doesn’t tell me where it installed. Stupid. Stupid. Dumb. Stupid.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi John,

      Sorry for the inconvenience, I’m sure that the setup can be made a bit more intuitive than it is now.

      Your website says “portable installation available”, but the download link just says 7tt_setup.exe (v5.10.1) and doesn’t say if that is the portable version or not.

      There’s only one setup file, 7tt_setup.exe. You can choose whether to install the regular or the portable version, as also mentioned in the FAQ on this page.

      It’s like the program doesn’t update to the same directory that the program was originally running from.

      Only one non-portable installation of the tweaker is supported. You can choose to uninstall and look at the displayed installation path: screenshot.

      Any update should be happening to that folder.

      According to your F.A.Q., when installing the program it will prompt you on whether you want to install as Standard or Portable. But that doesn’t happen for me.

      That’s because you already have the tweaker installed. From the FAQ above:

      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.

  7. John Smith says:

    Update:

    I tried to uninstall it and it showed me where it was installed. So I can finally copy the folder contents to my preferred location.

    But all my complaints are still valid and I hope they will receive the consideration and understanding that they deserve.

  8. anna says:

    version 5.10.1 is not compatible with the may 2021 update of windows 10

  9. Rich Sark says:

    I see that “anna” says 5.10.1 is not compatible with Win10 21H1. However I am now running that Win10 version, and as long as I accept the warning message it seems to work for the minimal settings I use. I wonder what she finds that doesn’t so I can avoid that setting for now?

  10. ha says:

    After updating Windows a few days ago,
    7+ Taskbar Tweaker does not work.T_T)

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      My guess would be that you’re using Windows 10 version 1909, and you installed update KB5001396 which caused the incompatibility. Please try the latest beta version which was just released, v5.11.0.1.

  11. duk6046 says:

    v5.11.0.1 also same two issues on Dev build 21382.1

  12. Alex says:

    When I try to install Beta v5.11.0.1 (May 21, 2021) the explorer window in which I double clicked the .exe stops responding, without the classic Windows dialog where it says ‘Not responding’ though. Just can’t click anything in that window anymore. Other explorer windows and everything else is still working.

    OS Build: 21382.1000
    Windows 10 Feature Experience Pack 321.12100.0.3

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Build 21382 is an insider preview build, and so some options might not work. I’ll adapt the tweaker to the latest insider build in the near future once I have some spare time.

  13. anonym420 says:

    Doesn’t work even when set to launch at startup, order of sub-windows of a Firefox isn’t remembered!!! Windows 10.

  14. Mark Kramer says:

    I’ve just had to re-install Windows 10 for Workstations, and I have now put 7+ Taskbar Tweaker back on the computer. Perhaps it’s me, but the icons seem no larger than they were before I installed the program. What have I missed?

    Thanks.

  15. bcb says:

    The version 5.11 installer is being blocked by Carbon Black, which thinks it contains XPACK. I assume this is another false positive. Please check!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Thanks for letting me know. I didn’t find a false positive report form, perhaps since Carbon Black is an enterprise product and only clients can contact support. Please contact Carbon Black and ask them to remove the false positive detection, thanks.

      • bcb says:

        Yes, it’s an enterprise AV product. I’m afraid I don’t have access to make such a request directly if there is no public false positive form for it. I can ask IS but I am not very hopeful they’ll cooperate.

        Either way, thanks for creating this excellent tool!

  16. Zach says:

    The 0% volume behavior change in the previous version (v5.10.1) made it so that not only it auto-mutes and unmutes when you scroll down to 0% and back, but also auto-unmutes any time you scroll after manually muting. I don’t know if the latter part of this change is intentional but after re-reading the changelog, honestly it looks like it might be, so I’m not sure.

    But this breaks my workflow… just kidding. Seriously though, I use 7TT in conjunction with an AHK script to quickly navigate between multiple audio sources, and I made A LOT of use of the ability to change volume while they’re muted. Which was not possible with default audio controls. So it not being consistent with Windows’ behavior was really useful actually (since clicking to a specific level or using keyboard media controls also auto-unmutes). I was able to alter the volume without having to unmute the sources, and not having to manually mute it again every single time.

    So if that part (scrolling auto-unmuting no matter what) is intentional, I would really appreciate it if you could add a toggle to the advanced options for pre-v5.10.1 scrolling behavior.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I don’t know if the latter part of this change is intentional but after re-reading the changelog, honestly it looks like it might be, so I’m not sure.

      It’s intentional, I changed it to make the tweaker consistent with Windows.

      I’ve just released v5.11.1.1 beta with a relevant advanced option, please try it.

  17. John Smith says:

    No, your 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is still flawed. Today, I had to update Windows 10 to (KB5003214). My 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is installed at “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker”. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker prompted me to update from the program itself. I clicked the Update button. I received a popup window saying that “A different version of the tweaker is currently running.” So I cliked the OK button. Once again, I clicked the Update button from the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker program itself. The second time that I clicked the Update button, it “updated” but not the right way. The program restarted. It showed that it was the new 5.11 version instead of 5.10.1. But, it updated to the WRONG LOCATION. So then I had TWO INSTALLATIONS of the same program. The old version at my desired location. The new version somewhere else. What I’m trying to tell you is that it causes MORE PROBLEMS than it is worth by updating from the program itself. If I want to update with LESS PROBLEMS, I probably have to quit the program, go to your website, download the installation .exe. And then MAYBE it will update to the right location, but I don’t know because I haven’t tested it yet and I can’t test it now since I already tried to update 7+ Taskbar Tweaker after a Windows 10 update. But I will tell you this. I have two laptops. I updated both of them today to (KB5003214). I tried updating 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on both laptops and both times the same exact thing occurred – 1.) I received a “A different version of the tweaker is currently running.”, 2.) I had to click the Update button a second time., 3.) The second time I clicked the Update button from the program, it installed the update at a DIFFERENT LOCATION.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      It sounds like you installed the tweaker more than once, each time in a different location, or copied the files manually.

      My 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is installed at “C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker”.

      There’s only one path which is “the installation path” of the tweaker. As I mentioned previously, you can run the uninstaller and see it. Go on and check whether you see the path that you expect to see.

      If not (I assume that’s the case), you can fix is by uninstalling the tweaker (settings will be kept) and installing it again in a folder of your choice. Alternatively, you can change the path in the registry, but this method is prone to mistakes and I don’t recommend it.

      • John Smith says:

        “It sounds like you installed the tweaker more than once, each time in a different location.”

        Wrong

        “Or copied the files manually.”

        WTF are you even talking about?

        I only had 7+ Taskbar Tweaker installed once on each laptop. I already told you where I installed it. It was not installed any other location on any drive on either laptop.

        But when I click the Update button from the program the first time, it then lies to me and tells me it has another installation, which it does not.

        WHen I click the Update button the second time, it will then install to Roaming on one laptop and Local > Program on another laptop. But before updating, it wasn’t installed in those places.

        How hard is it to get you to understand that it’s YOUR PROGRAM’S FAULT because it won’t install in the directory that the program is already running from.

        Goddamn it. I already know that I can find out where it is installed by running the uninstaller. The problem is your stupid program is creating ADDITIONAL installations instead of WHERE I WANT THEM.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          I understand. Sorry for the inconvenience. I would very much like to fix this problem, but unfortunately, I never experienced and I’m not sure how to reproduce it. If you can provide me with exact steps that demonstrate the problem, I’ll check thoroughly what’s going on.

          Here’s what I tried to reproduce the problem:
          https://imgur.com/a/C9NhbY9

          • John Smith says:

            It’s like you are purposely being dumb and playing games. Did I at any time discuss using the installer .exe? And yet you send me a GIF of you using the installer .exe. (shakes my head) And I gave you the EXACT STEPS to reproduce the issue, but yeah play dumb and pretend that you I didn’t. Whatever. I appreciate the program a lot. I really do. But I also don’t like dealing with people’s BS. 1.) I already wrote the exact steps not once but two times in my first post and kinda re-discussed it in my second post. 2.) I made it painfully clear that I used the program to update and not the installer, but yeah of course you are just going to IGNORE THAT. Sure, I could make a GIF or video the next time this happens, and I’m sure you’ll find a way to not understand what is in the video, wasting my time. But yeah, next time there is a Windows update, I’ll be sure to make a video and then you can make some excuse of not being able to figure out what is wrong.

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              gave you the EXACT STEPS to reproduce the issue

              I’m sorry, I might have missed it amidst the large amount of text that you sent. If you’re able to copy here only the steps to reproduce the problem, I’ll do my best to reproduce it, and if there’s a problem, to fix it.

              I made it painfully clear that I used the program to update and not the installer, but yeah of course you are just going to IGNORE THAT.

              I’m not sure what you mean here. I installed the tweaker, since it has to be installed to have something to update. Then I used the program to update, trying to reproduce the problem.

  18. Win7fan says:

    Hi

    I’m looking for a program for Windows 7 that brings back
    the taskbar not-always-on-top feature that was in
    Vista and earlier Windows versions.

    I compiled the TT source code in and started trying to
    remove everything not related to topmost, but it’s turning
    out to be more complicated than I hoped.

    It would be cool if you made a minimal open-source
    version of TT that doesn’t have a GUI or touch the registry
    or check for updates or need an installer and just sets
    disable_topmost=2.

    Thank you

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,

      Why not use a portable version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker?

      minimal

      Mostly true.

      open-source

      Mostly true.

      doesn’t have a GUI

      You can hide the tray icon and launch it with a hidden window with the -hidewnd command line switch.

      or touch the registry

      The portable version doesn’t.

      or check for updates

      Can be disabled.

      or need an installer

      Not needed once you extract the portable version.

  19. Greg says:

    Congratulations, RaMMicHael on the anniversary and thank you for providing and supporting it.

    –Greg

  20. Tetsuya says:

    Hello.
    I am a Japanese who regularly uses “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”.
    Since I am using Google Translate, it is a poor English sentence, but please forgive me.

    This is the main subject. After applying “Windows 10 May 2021 Update”, the notification area may shift to the right and partially disappear, or the notification area may disappear altogether.
    I have set “Always display all icons in the notification area”, but if you move the icons in the notification area by dragging and dropping, or if the icons in the notification area increase or decrease, a problem will occur.
    You can restore it by expanding the area of ​​the taskbar, but if you do not hover the mouse over the notification area, the display will remain distorted.
    I tried v5.11, v5.11.1, v5.11.0.1 (beta version), v5.11.1.1 (beta version), but all of them had problems.

    The specifications of my Windows are as follows.

    Edition Windows 10 Pro (Japanese version)
    Version 21H1
    OS build 19043.1023

    Can you confirm?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Tetsuya,

      Please try the newly released beta version, 5.11.1.2. It might fix the issue. If not, please let me know.

      • Tetsuya says:

        Hi, RaMMicHaeL,

        Thank you for your reply.
        I tried v5.11.1.2 as you told me, but unfortunately it didn’t solve the problem.

        I have uploaded a screenshot to Imgur because my poor explanation may not have been able to convey the content well.
        I sent it by email with the URL. please confirm.

        Best Regards,
        Tetsuya

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          I got the screenshot gif, but I wasn’t able to reproduce the problem on my computer. Does it happen only when 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is running? Does it happen when all of the tweaker’s options are disabled, or does a specific option cause the problem? Do you have any other programs that might conflict with the tweaker?

          • Tetsuya says:

            Hello, RaMMicHaeL,

            I’m sorry!
            After checking various things, it seems that it is not caused by “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”.
            It seems that the cause is an application called “AquaSnap Professional”, so I asked this author to investigate. I suspected “7+ Taskbar Tweaker” because this is not an application that customizes the taskbar or notification area.

            I apologize to you for a fuss over.

            Thank you.

    • Fehmi says:

      Interestingly, I have been having the same issue with v5.11.1.2 since I installed the same May update on 21H1 (I don’t use AquaSnap software).

      Other than exiting 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, selecting show News and interests icon (or icon and text) is a workaround that seems to fix the issue.

  21. random guy says:

    which one of these 7 taskbar tweaker version works on 20h2?

  22. Eduard says:

    Thanks for this program.

    May I request that there was an option to show the date when using small taskbar icons? By default windows shows the time but hides date.

  23. Ralph says:

    I’m on 20H2. I just installed KB5003637 and .Net Core 3.1.16 security update (probably unrelated) and now I can’t rclick for jumplist, something I use all the time. I installed the latest beta, rebooted, and no difference.

    Is jumplist broken for anyone else?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Does it happen only when 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is running? Does it happen when all of the tweaker’s options are disabled, or does a specific option cause the problem?

      Also, what do you mean by “I can’t rclick for jumplist”? Does explorer crash, or the jump list just doesn’t show up?

      • Ralph says:

        Simply nothing happens upon click. With all default options/no tweaks, same thing. :/ Other tweaks like dragging thumbnails and doubleclick on empty space still work.

        This Windows update reset some of my other customizations (it purged MIDIMapper and VirtualMidiSynth from the system dir and enabled the annoying new news/weather toolbar) so I’m wondering if it reset some other Windows setting I’m forgetting that could be blocking this functionality. I also use StartIsBack, fully updated, if that could be relevant.

        Could it have to do with my staying on 20H2?

      • Ralph says:

        StartIsBack’s jumplist tweak just needs to be updated. Disabling it fixed everything. 🙂 Sorry!

  24. David says:

    Yes, definitely a problem with the latest Windows update. Minimising and maximising any software from explorer just crashes explorer everytime. I’ve been using this great software for years, so hope you can get it sorted. 🙂

  25. Maria says:

    Hey, Michael!
    The new update from Windows (KB5003637) leads to chrashges of explorer.exe on interacting with any window on the taskbar.

    After closing the Tweaker, the problem disappeared.

    I don’t know if you are still working on 7tt, but I thought you should at least know.

  26. anna says:

    once again, nortin won’t allow installing the latest version because it thinks it’s a security thread. Here we go reporting the false positive once again.

  27. John Smith says:

    Six minute YouTube video that shows how 7+TT always creates extra installations (and not where you want them) of the program when you try to update it (from the program, not the installer). If you are still TOO STUPID to understand, I will try again the next update and maybe even the one after that. I’ll try to be patient with slow people. But try not to be lazy and actually watch the video from beginning to end, and absorb EVERYTHING instead of just glancing at, ignoring, and dismissing almost everything and then acting clueless later.

    https://youtu.be/Hc14NUTl69I

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Thank you for taking the time to make the video.
      Here’s what happens:

      7+ Taskbar Tweaker has two different installation modes: a standard mode, and a portable mode.

      In the portable mode, all settings are contained in the program folder (so that you can move it on a USB stick, for example). In this mode, the updater is indeed called such that it updates the currently running tweaker instance. From the video, I can deduce that you’re not using this mode.

      In the standard mode, which is the default, the installer assumes that the tweaker was installed by standard means with the standard installer, and that no files were manually copied or moved. At installation time, the installer creates a registry value which contains the tweaker’s installation path, which becomes the single source of truth for further runs of the installer for updating or uninstalling.

      Here’s a simple diagram: https://i.imgur.com/zHqtc8L.png

      My guess would be that in your case, you have the tweaker in standard installation mode, but the registry entry doesn’t exist for some reason. For example, perhaps you installed the tweaker in one folder, then manually copied or moved the files to your custom folder.

      To fix your setup, you can do the following:

      • Uninstall the tweaker from the standard folder (%localappdata%\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker).

      • Download the installer from the website, and install the tweaker, choosing your preferred folder (C:\Programs\7+ Taskbar Tweaker).

      • After that, everything should work, since your preferred path will be saved in the registry for further updates.

      Alternatively, you can uninstall the tweaker from the standard folder and just use the portable installation mode.

      I hope that it helps. Please let me know if you have more questions or issues.

      • John Smith says:

        Thanks. I will give it a try before the next update. I will try to completely uninstall everything, delete everything, and delete registry keys. Then I will try reinstalling the portable version to C > Programs and hopefully it will work in the future.

  28. Shri says:

    Hey the latest version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is being marked as malware – https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/c7a5f922ca023949f2ef896893e5e669d8d04e7d7d4994eb86b2a9ed8d730752/detection

  29. Abi says:

    Hello, after newest windows 10 feature update (19041.1052) there is problem with maximizing applications from taskbar, makes explorer restart.

  30. td says:

    Hi! Great work, been using this tool for a long time!

    A couple of suggestions:
    – please provide a portable zip with just the binary files, for those of us who can’t disable the antivirus to run the installer;
    – add a “settings export/import” option so that settings can be shared between different machines and throughout windows reinstallations.

    Thank you!

    • td says:

      I just realized that both of these suggestions could be solved by using the portable version; however, I maintain that they could still be useful 🙂

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi, thanks for the suggestions.

      – please provide a portable zip with just the binary files, for those of us who can’t disable the antivirus to run the installer;

      The executables of the program itself can still be blocked by an antivirus, so I don’t think that it’s going to help.

      – add a “settings export/import” option so that settings can be shared between different machines and throughout windows reinstallations.

      Maybe one day. For now, settings can be exported manually from the registry. Alternatively, as you mentioned, a portable version can be used.

  31. td says:

    The executables of the program itself can still be blocked by an antivirus, so I don’t think that it’s going to help.

    They can be, but they aren’t 😁 in my specific case, Carbon Black blocks the installer with the message “XPACK is known malware and was blocked”, but has no problem with 7TT itself. As it’s completely controlled by my company, I can’t circumvent this and ended up copying the binaries from my personal machine, and it all worked. However, the auto-update feature doesn’t work because of this.

    Maybe one day. For now, settings can be exported manually from the registry. Alternatively, as you mentioned, a portable version can be used.

    Fair enough 🙂

    • td says:

      sorry, I apparently missed the Reply button 🙁

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      in my specific case, Carbon Black blocks the installer with the message “XPACK is known malware and was blocked”, but has no problem with 7TT itself

      Well, we don’t know whether it will be the case in the future, and I’m reluctant to create a new infrastructure just for this reason. Even if I release the zip, the tweaker doesn’t know how to use it for automatic updates, and that’s something I’m even more reluctant to add since the exe setup works nicely, and the problem is specific to a single misbehaving security software.

  32. bengala silva says:

    Hi

    its possible to change the middle mouse click to open a specified program path, for example, c:\windows\processlist.exe?

    thank you

  33. Helmut Fischer says:

    After applying newest updates 5.11.1 and 5.11.2 on W10 1909 (Build 18363.1621) because of the effect, rebuilding the taskbar on every action on the taskbar (this is solved), I got the problem, that I get the error message “Error occured while saving configuration” when I try to change any setting of TT. So changes took effect, but are not stored permanently, disapperaing after next reboot.
    Some versions ago, this also happend, but disapeared in subsequent versions.
    I don’t know if this may be caused by some restrictions on our company computers by our IT, so I need to know, if this might be the reason, to give an hint to them. I don’t want that TT might be kicked off from our available applications, only if this problem makes it unusable.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      I get the error message “Error occured while saving configuration” when I try to change any setting of TT

      Are you using the standard or the portable version? If it’s the former, you might want to try the portable version. See the FAQ on the top of this page for details.

      • Helmut Fischer says:

        Thanks.
        My IT administration collegue, who set up the MECM-Package for Installation, has changed the package, using the correct inject.dll for the installation.
        Now it works fine.

  34. Filippo Orru says:

    With the newest windows 10 update (news and weather in the taskbar) it kept crashing everytime I clicked any icon with my left mouse button. First I thought it was windows being shitty but when I disabled this program, it stopped crashing. So I think you need to update some parts to work with the new taskbar. Happy to help debugging, I’m a dev myself. Contact at ffactory@outlook.de

  35. Pablo says:

    Hello,
    Chrome is blocking the download of the last beta installer v5.11.2.1 and Windows Defender reports it contains malware Program:Win32/Uwamson.A!ml
    Can be fixed?
    Thanks!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Pablo,
      Thanks for letting me know. It’s a false positive detection. I reported about it to Microsoft, hopefully they’ll remove it in the next couple of days.

  36. Daniel says:

    Hello,

    do you know any workaround to get ungrouping buttons in the taskbar working in Windows 11?

    Thank you

  37. John Smith says:

    I uninstalled 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and re-installed it today. I don’t know if the portable version will work or not. But I have some complaints about the installation process. 1.) My first complaint is that the option to select the portable install is very unnoticeable. I knew I had to select it. And yet, I clicked the ‘Next’ button and it prompted me on a location. And I was scratching my head on why it didn’t ask me if I wanted to install the portable version or not. So I cancelled and tried again. After studying the window for some time, I saw that the “Standard” text at the top wasn’t just text. That it was a drop down menu where you could select “Portable”. I wish that it was more clear than that. It would be better to have checkboxes for Standard and Portable and selecting one deselected another. Or another screen where you only have two choices, Standard or Portable. Then once you confirm which, then it will ask you the other stuff like Start Menu Shortcuts, Desktop Shortcuts, and location. 2.) Even after I caught my mistake and selected “Portable”, it still installed the Standard version? Why? Well, I didn’t notice it till later, but if you check the checkbox for Desktop Shortcuts, it will change it from “Standard” To “Portable”. And once again, I didn’t notice it, because that section is very unnoticeable and just looks like filler text. I wanted to create a new shortcut without going to the program location and right clicking and selecting “Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. And once I checked the “Desktop Shortcuts” box, I clicked the “Next” button and installed the program without realizing that it switched from Standard to Portable. Your program should be better designed than this. It’s a garbage installation setup wizard.

    • John Smith says:

      Also, I won’t know if the Portable version will work with updates or not. I won’t find out till the next update. I’m just reinstalling it because my computer thinks that I have the desktop version.

    • John Smith says:

      Oh, and one more thing. It couldn’t hurt to add something to the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker window where it says “(Desktop Version)” or “(Portable Version)” so people can verify what version that have. And this isn’t related, but I always felt that it was stupid that your Settings in context menu took you to startup settings and your actually 7+TT settings were in 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Who the hell names their Settings section the name of the program? The Settings in the context menu should take you to your 7+ Taskbar Tweaker settings.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Thank you for the feedback. I agree with your notes, and I wanted to rethink the portable version selection UI, but haven’t found the time to do that.

  38. Adil says:

    will there be a function to center all icons in the taskbar?

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