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, and Windows 10.


exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.78 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.14.3
Note: The installer can be used to extract a portable version. Refer to the FAQ below for details.

Beta version
exe 7tt_setup_beta.exe (1.78 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.14.2.1
More info about beta versions.

Windows 11 Support Status

  • 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t support the Windows 11 taskbar, and probably never will. See this blog post for more details.
  • Some of the tweaks are available in Windows 11 as Windhawk mods. See here for the list of mods, and vote for missing mods that you’d like to see implemented. Read more about Windhawk here.
  • 7+ Taskbar Tweaker works on Windows 11 with the old taskbar which can be restored with third party tools. See this blog post for more details.

Demo video

Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:

Source code



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: May 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 (758.63 kB)

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

Posted in Releases, Software by Michael (Ramen Software) on September 30th, 2009.

6,493 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Asgoog says:

    How to hide Taskbar Icons that are located in windows taskbar?

  2. duk6046 says:

    Doesn’t work on Win11 23H2 new beta build 22631.2129 with StartAllBack v3.6.11

  3. alidan says:

    for a question, On windows 7 I was able to group programs that were not the same, like task manager and resource monitor, but on 10 these wont group, is there any setting or way to get programs like that to group? I have several that I like to keep together but they just wont on 10.

    • Windows 7 and 10 are similar in this regard. How were you doing this on Windows 7? You should be able to use Taskbar Inspector, or the “Drag within/between groups using right mouse button” option.

      Check out this post:

      • alidan says:

        I had to move off 7, and since then the drive it was installed on died, so I can’t go back and look, however on 7 I was able to right click task manager, drag it to resource monitor, and it would be its own group, however I can’t get the same to happen on 10, it seems a bit random as to what can and can’t be grouped

        for instance, I can combine notepad++ with chrome, with everything, with discord, task manager and resource monitor, but when I try to combine resource monitor with the new task manager/notepad++ group it won’t do it.

        I don’t remember having any restrictions on what grouped together on windows 7 beyond there being so many things they no longer make group thumbnails.

        I can’t drag taskmanager to notepad++ but I can drag notepad++ to taskmanager

        any idea what is causing this restriction and if there is an option to deal with it?

        I just remembered that I do have another thing that messes with the task bar installed, openshell, any idea if something there conflicts?

        • That’s because task manager and resource monitor are running as administrator, so 7+ Taskbar Tweaker can’t affect their grouping. It behaves in the same way in Windows 7, too. One difference is that in Windows 7, task manager doesn’t run as administrator by default, but in Windows 10 it does.

  4. jeff says:

    how to keep open tasks to the right without dragging them. for instance I have pinned google chrome in the middle of other taskbar icons, but want to open to the far right whenever I open google chrome.

  5. Dr.InSide says:

    Useful tool. However, I miss a function to remove the “extra gap” between the SysTray icons. Especially in low resolutions the gap is quite big.

  6. John Gill says:


    Great program, very user friendly interface and easy to use.

    I would like to know if it’s possible to export the “disable_items_drag”
    registry and make it work without running the program, and I’ll eleborate why.
    I’m working as an IT technician at a school and I want to prevent students from rearranging the programs I’ve pinned on the taskbar, and the reason why I can’t run the program Is due to the custom antivirus that the municipality implemented on the computers.
    I’ve tried showing and explaining to the head of the IT department that the program is safe and doesn’t have any virus but unfortunately no success.

    Also I’ve tried all the local group policies to prevent changing settings in the taskbar but nothing works, the option to rearrange the pinned programs still works.

    • Hi John,

      Unfortunately, that’s not possible, as it’s not a registry configuration. From the FAQ above:

      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.

  7. duk6046 says:

    v5.14.1.4 is doesn’t work on Win11 Beta Channel but v5.14.1.3 is still work

  8. chip33 says:

    Can confirm this and couldn’t find a place to re-download

  9. skripskrap says:

    Hey man, I was wondering if there’s a toggle that hides the taskbar only on desktop?

  10. Reach says:

    Hey, bro! In the latest version of Windows 11 (22631.2265), it seems to have become ineffective.

  11. Darren Semotiuk says:

    NEW ERROR: “Taskbar wasn’t found (903)” – this FAIL popup happens even with NEW version 5.14.2 … anyone else having this happen?

    I am using Portable version if that matters. (Windows 10 Version 22H2 OS Build 19045.3086)

    PS: years ago that “$PLUGINSDIR” folder was required to work — it had some DLL files), but it is no longer included in recent versions — could something like that possibly help? Some patch with missing DLLs that Windows Update maybe overwrote?

    Thanks for this amazing product!

    • That error means that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker couldn’t identify your taskbar. Are you using any other customization tools that might be interfering with it?

      Regarding the “$PLUGINSDIR” folder, I’m not sure what you mean. See the FAQ for properly extracting the portable version of the tweaker.

      • Darren Semotiuk says:

        No customizations; turns out my Windows 10 was being flaky, so I essentially “rebooted” — killed all instances of EXPLORER.EXE from Task Manager and then told it it Run a new one — and voila it now could “see” the Taskbar.


        Thanks for the speedy reply, I really appreciate your enduring support of this important product! And I hope over the years many others have donated to show gratitude. Peace. 🙏

  12. Tomek says:

    I have a problem with taskbar windows. I never group windows into a taskbar. I usually have several browser windows open (I use Brave and Firefox) and I am used to having something in the first window (several tabs in one topic), in the second window I have another topic (again several tabs), etc. Unfortunately, after closing the browsers and opening them again when you open the windows, they are arranged in a random order – the first one jumps to the 3rd place, etc. (windows from one application are still next to each other on the taskbar, but mixed). I have to rearrange the order every time. Unfortunately, this also happens when I switch to the second desktop (Win+Tab) – after returning to the first desktop, the windows are already mixed.
    Is there any way to do this? Is it possible to somehow permanently assign the order of windows within one application?

    • after closing the browsers and opening them again when you open the windows, they are arranged in a random order

      Unfortunately there’s no general solution for that. For Firefox, you can try this extension.

      Unfortunately, this also happens when I switch to the second desktop (Win+Tab) – after returning to the first desktop, the windows are already mixed.

      You can use the virtual_desktop_order_fix advanced options. Refer to the help file for details.

  13. Dmitry Barabash says:

    Unfortunately, it’s incompatible with build 22621.2283 (today’s cumulative Windows update).

  14. Yevhen says:

    Where I can download the previous version? After updating 7++ task bar tweaker to version 5.14.3 it stopped working with the error: “Could not load library (102)”. The previous version worked.
    I am using Windows 11 (10.0.22621 Build 22621) with old task bar.

  15. Alex says:

    Great program and it does what i need to do but i’m not sure if i’m missing a button somewhere , but it doesn’t seem to remember that certain apps are part of a group. If i close the apps and re-open them they do not get re-assigned to the group and i need to re-assign them manually each time. Is there a way to save the “Group Template” ? So if i close the apps down they go back in their group when i open them again ?

  16. Michael says:

    Hello there,

    first of all, thanks a bunch for your work.
    After updating to v5.14.3 (I’m using W7) I get a notification once or twice a day on my PC. It says that the explorer.exe has to be restarted. As a consequence, the task bar disappears for a moment, and reappears again with items in a different order.
    It’s not a super big deal, but a bit annoying.
    Any chance to look into it, or any way to (for now) downloads v5.14.2?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Hi Michael,

      Seems like a crash. Can you please provide the details of the crash report? You can find the crash report in the Event Viewer. Look here for instructions: How do I find event logs when a program crashes?

      Also, do you have other customization programs that may conflict with the tweaker?

      • Michael says:

        Hi Michael,

        here are the logs. The fist log is from the message that appears, the second one is from the crash report (event view error log). Sorry, it’ll be in German.

        Explorer.exe stopped working:
        Problemereignisname: APPCRASH
        Anwendungsname: Explorer.EXE
        Anwendungsversion: 6.1.7601.23537
        Anwendungszeitstempel: 57c44efe
        Fehlermodulname: KERNELBASE.dll
        Fehlermodulversion: 6.1.7601.24545
        Fehlermodulzeitstempel: 5e0eb6bd
        Ausnahmecode: e06d7363
        Ausnahmeoffset: 000000000000b87d
        Betriebsystemversion: 6.1.7601.
        Gebietsschema-ID: 1031
        Zusatzinformation 1: 8719
        Zusatzinformation 2: 871917f7984f281de5dab5dd6604cbc9
        Zusatzinformation 3: d59d
        Zusatzinformation 4: d59dbb2eee77ea8ae8486e5ba12b2cbe

        Event Viewer Error/Crash Report:

        Name der fehlerhaften Anwendung: Explorer.EXE, Version: 6.1.7601.23537, Zeitstempel: 0x57c44efe
        Name des fehlerhaften Moduls: KERNELBASE.dll, Version: 6.1.7601.24545, Zeitstempel: 0x5e0eb6bd
        Ausnahmecode: 0xe06d7363
        Fehleroffset: 0x000000000000b87d
        ID des fehlerhaften Prozesses: 0xd44
        Startzeit der fehlerhaften Anwendung: 0x01d9ed1ec1eb37c0
        Pfad der fehlerhaften Anwendung: C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
        Pfad des fehlerhaften Moduls: C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
        Berichtskennung: 2a5ce0f4-5945-11ee-8512-7085c247c210

        Hope that helps. Best,

        • Unfortunately the report doesn’t have enough information to diagnose the issue. All I can deduce is that the crash happens because RaiseException is called, which means that some code bails off explicitly. The tweaker’s code doesn’t do that, but it might cause this if it corrupts some state.

          To gather more info, can you create a crash dump and send it to me?

          You can use ProcDump. Run procdump64.exe -mp -e explorer.exe and trigger the crash. The dump will be written to a file, the details will be printed in the ProcDump console window.

          Also, have you tried using your computer without the tweaker? Could it be that the crashes are unrelated?

          • Michael says:


            I installed procdump and tried, but in the cmd it says it doesn’t recognize the command procdump.


            • What steps did you take? Try the following:

              • Download procdump here.
              • Extract the files to some folder, for example C:\procdump.
              • Open cmd: Win+R, type “cmd”, press enter.
              • Type cd /d "C:\procdump" (or whatever folder you used).
              • Type procdump64.exe -mp -e explorer.exe.
      • Michael says:

        Wow, it’s messed up in the message.

        I uploaded the entire report as an image: https://imgur.com/a/N4pMjsI


    • Regarding v5.14.2, you can get old versions of the tweaker here, but I’d rather fix the problem.

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