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 (1.4 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.5

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.41 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.5.0.4
More info about beta versions.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

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 (753.85 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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4,254 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Denton says:

    The new Win10 update has put a Sound Device switcher into the Volume Control panel – is it possible to make 7TT use the new Volume Control slider instead of the Classic one? Thanks for any info!

  2. Anixx says:

    It seems that the distance between the tray icons in Win10 can be reduced by setting the negative value:

    http://winclassic.boards.net/thread/280/classic-taskbar-superbar-startisback?page=1&scrollTo=1441

    Unfortunately, this makes the tray area incorrectly sized, which I suspect, is solely due to lack of support for such possibility by 7+TT. Is it possible to recognize possibility of reducing the distance between tray icons and, as such, correctly calculate size and position of the tray area?

  3. bob says:

    I am getting 7+ TaskBar Tweaker: Could not load library (1003) error with v5.5 on non april update (can’t update at the moment because of corporate policy).

    Any way to download 5.4 again?

  4. Yip says:

    Hello! I just created a shortcut of “7+ Taskbar Tweaker.exe”. Is it possible to launch it minimized (without showing the program interface)? Thanks.

  5. Gene says:

    Your help link isn’t assigned to any app to open it.
    Windows 10 64bit Insiders Preview

  6. Joseph Bell says:

    seems the option to have all tray icons to display on hover is now gone in the v5.5 build . Was this intentional ? That was a fav feature of mine !

  7. Andrew says:

    Having a small issue. I’ve set “no width limit” on advanced options to make the taskbar as thin as possible when it’s in a vertical orientation but upon startup, the taskbar always resets to the default Windows 10 width.

    I’ve installed the tweaker through Standard and also made sure it starts on startup so a bit confused here. I’m running Windows 10 1803 (April Creator’s Update), so maybe that’s the issue?

  8. Lizard says:

    is it already stable?? greetings …. and thx …

  9. Vladimir says:

    Hello.
    I use volume control by mouse scroll over taskbar.
    Can you make an option that disables volume slider popup, see picture.
    https://i.imgur.com/qR0iKQi.png
    Thank you.

  10. Lizard says:

    I discovered one bug, when u do a rightclick on an item in the taskbar, the explorer crashes …. maybe u can fix it?!

    greetings

  11. Georgi Chorbov says:

    FEATURE REQUEST

    The ability to show or hide badges on applications in the taskbar individually.

    Right now the Windows 10 has setting for that, but it is global, i.e. show or hide the badges for all apps in the taskbar.

    If you can add support in 7+TT for individually setting up the badges that will solve many problems, mainly with the user profiles icons on multi persons chrome instances – check the attached pic.

  12. donna says:

    with the 5.0 version or new version, can’t open the advanced options for this program. I have windows 10 please advise as I want to use the taskbar make bigger buttons feature which is only in this programs advanced options

  13. Michael says:

    What is the registry hack you use to hide the “Show Desktop” Button?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      There’s no such registry option. Please see the FAQ on this page.

      • Michael says:

        I see. Sorry for the oversight. My IT department made me remove your software since they said it had a trojan virus. I was just wondering what manually steps I could take to remove the button. Are you able to share that process with me?

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          You can’t really, unless you’re going to program a solution that does something similar to what the tweaker does. The detection is most likely to be a false positive detection, so it may be best to ask the IT department to check it out.

  14. Albert says:

    Hi,

    Loving the taskbar tweaker so far.

    I have a question. Is there a way for the app to remember my custom groupings (using taskbar inspector).

    Once I reboot, I have to set up everything again.

    Thanks!
    Albert

  15. Adam says:

    With newest updates to window the width of my taskbar has started being inconsistent. I use 7tt mostly to shrink the size of my taskbar on the right hand side of my screen.

    I have 1 monitor, but also sometimes connect my TV. Connecting TV is a sure way for the taskbar to mess up when it gets unplugged.

    Issues vary: Growing by a few pixels, reverting to windows default size, growing to max size.

    Fixing it: Unlock taskbar, resize, lock taskbar.

    Is there a way to add “remember width”? Or something similar?

    Thanks!

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Adam,

      The width is already saved. The algorithm of the tweaker is simple:
      When you resize the taskbar to have smaller width than possible by default, the width is saved. Next time the tweaker starts, if the taskbar width equals to the default minimum, and if a smaller value is saved, the smaller value is applied.

      I tried to reproduce changes of the taskbar size by (dis)connecting a secondary monitor, but for me it stayed narrow as expected:
      https://vimeo.com/281706007

  16. Xiang says:

    I’m getting an error: “Could not load library (5)”. I’m on Windows Insider Preview (Version 10.0.17713 Build 17713
    ). Could it be that my system version is just too new currently? The beta version also didn’t work.

  17. Tyrion says:

    Hi,
    after inst. I can not move Desktop-Icon with mouse anymore

    Win10 – 1803

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi Tyrion,
      I’m not familiar with this problem. Are you sure that it’s caused by the tweaker? The tweaker shouldn’t affect the desktop. If the issue is not solved after a restart, and you see that it appears only when the tweaker is running, try to find a way for me to reproduce the issue.

  18. Can you add an option to extend icon size to 48×48 ?

    You already have the option w10_large_icons that allow to get 32×32 icons on windows 10.

    Thank you 😀

  19. John Travolski says:

    Is it possible to download previous versions of this program? I would really like to download version 5.2.1 if possible (I’m on Windows 10 Build 14393), and currently the latest version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (5.5) does not allow me to use middle click to close all instances of a program on the taskbar in some cases (for example, if I have multiple file explorer windows open and use middle click to close it, nothing happens; however, if only one instance of file explorer is open, it does close).

    I’m not 100% confident that an older version would fix this problem, but I’d at least like to try. Hopefully you can point me in the right direciton.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      That was never possible by default (i.e. with the “Middle click” -> “Close” option), but it’s possible by using the Advanced Options. You can use the following configuration:
      https://i.imgur.com/IUlF1Sk.png

      Please refer to the help file for more details.

      • John Travolski says:

        Sorry for the misunderstanding; I should have explicitly stated that what I observed above is a bug; when I use the configuration that you mentioned, in the newer versions of 7+ Taskbar tweaker, a bug occurs in which the windows don’t always close; however, in the older version that I mentioned, this bug is not present (specifically in Windows 10 Build 14393).

        Since this bug is only for older builds of Windows 10 (not newer ones), it makes sense why you haven’t encountered it.

        That’s why I wanted to know if there was a way to download older versions of the program.

  20. Giang says:

    how to disable left click on an item to open it, pls?

  21. An says:

    no_width_limit is not working for me, what should I do?

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      What do you mean by “not working”? Enabling it does nothing at all? Do other versions of the tweaker work? It works for me, so I need a way to reproduce it.

      • An says:

        Yeah, enabling it does nothing. I don’t think other versions will work, because my build is build 17134. I first installed the non-beta version, no width limit didn’t work, then I installed (without unistall the previous) the beta version, updated, opened, tried again: didn’t work.

        • RaMMicHaeL says:

          Do other options of the tweaker work properly? Also, do you have any other system modification tools, such as a custom start menu? Do you have something unusual, such as a non-standard theme?

          • An says:

            Yes, they do. Like removing transparencity, or removing the Windows button. I do have “Classic Start Menu”. No, I don’t use themes or something like that.

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              By “Classic Start Menu” do you mean Classic Shell? That’s a candidate for an incompatibility. Can you try disabling it temporarily, restarting (or signing out and in again), and checking whether the option works without Classic Shell running?

            • RaMMicHaeL says:

              Also, just to make sure you understand what the option does: the option allows to resize a vertical taskbar to be narrow, beyond what Windows allows by default. So enabling it does nothing by itself – after enabling the option, you need to unlock the taskbar, and resize it to be as narrow as you wish. See this link for more details.

  22. Wes says:

    Question: When I change the Application ID of a taskbar button in Taskbar Inspector, is it possible to have it always remember (or save) what Application ID I set that taskbar button to, even after closing that window?

    For example, I want Photoshop and Illustrator to always be grouped in the taskbar. I can manually group them every time I open them but I’d rather they grouped together automatically.

    I’d like File Explorer and Control Panel to automatically group together as well. This actually brings up an issue with grouping anything with Control Panel or File Explorer; like if I wanted to group File Explorer and Word. If you go to a different page within either while they are grouped with another taskbar button, its taskbar button will leave the group (that is only if is grouped with other taskbar buttons, like Word). I’m pretty sure this is because, as you navigate folders/pages within File Explorer or Control Panel, its name changes on the taskbar, and so it’s seen as a new taskbar button. This doesn’t happen with any other programs where it’s taskbar name changes however (like chrome) so idk that this is the real culprit, it’s just what I’ve noticed.

    So unless that can be fixed, I imagine an alternative way to auto-group would be, instead of remembering to move taskbar buttons into specified groups, to remember to merge taskbar buttons under specified Application ID’s together. For the above example the two ID’s are “Microsoft.Windows.Explorer” and “Microsoft.Windows.ControlPanel”; so taskbar buttons under those Application ID’s would always be merged into a single group. It may cause problems with pinned taskbar buttons (like if Explorer is pinned and Control panel is not, and Control Panel had been opened first, making it so when File Explorer is opened they aren’t grouped at the pinned position), so I guess pinned buttons would need to take priority as to what the host “merged” group Application ID is.

    I will gladly let you correct me on how my “solutions” are not how it at all would/could work, since I really have no idea what is possible here 😛

    Thank you for this great program! I love how I can show/hide labels for specific programs, and automatically collapse groups when not in active! (or decombine when active, as the setting puts it)

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      is it possible to have it always remember (or save) what Application ID I set that taskbar button to, even after closing that window?

      Currently that’s not possible. What you can do is to bind a shortcut with a specific Application ID. Check out the win7appid command line tool:
      http://code.google.com/p/win7appid/
      Once you do that, two shortcuts with the same AppID will group.

      See also here.

      as you navigate folders/pages within File Explorer or Control Panel, its name changes on the taskbar, and so it’s seen as a new taskbar button

      That’s the behavior of explorer, and it’s not common – I didn’t see other programs changing their AppID so often. The tweaker has a partial solution for this – if the folder’s AppID is changed to a random id (random_group_xxxxxxxx), it won’t change anymore, even if you go to a different folder.

      Also, check out the Drag within/between groups using right mouse button option. It allows to manage groups much faster than doing that with Taskbar Inspector. For example, if you want to assign a random AppID to a folder, you just need to drag it out of the taskbar with the right mouse button.

  23. Mu says:

    Thank you so much for your hard work!!

    I’m having a problem in build 17713 RS5 (I’m using the Tweaker v5.5.0.4). When using the advanced option of drag_towards_desktop (option 9 – Close all group items) the explorer crashes instead of closing the group.

    Again, thank you so very much!! This is one of those programs that I can’t live without! You rock RaMMicHaeL!!!

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