7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 10 Anniversary Update: early alpha version

Microsoft has announced that the second update of Windows 10, the Anniversary Update, is going to be available on August 2. While the update is not available yet, there are rumors that the update will be based on Windows 10 build 14393, which is available for the participants of the Windows Insider program.

Meanwhile, I have updated 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to be compatible with Windows 10 build 14390. There’s an alpha version available, which is functional, but not complete: some of the options still don’t work properly with the new build. Also, the alpha version might work for Windows 10 build 14393, but it wasn’t tested. Those of you who have donated can get the alpha version here (the link was removed).

Alpha version changelog

  • v5.1.9.2 (August 6): Implemented the Display seconds on the tray clock option, fixed the Hide the Start button option for 64-bit.
  • v5.1.9.3 (August 13): Fixed the Combine grouped buttons option, fixed labels showing up for grouped buttons with the Don't combine grouped buttons option.
  • v5.1.9.4 (August 19): Improved the combining options, implemented the tray_icons_padding advanced option for Windows 10, other fixes.

Update (September 1): The first public beta version is available! Get it here.
Update (September 9): Windows 10 Anniversary Update is fully supported by 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.

Posted in Software, Updates by Michael (Ramen Software) on July 25th, 2016.

201 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 10 Anniversary Update: early alpha version”

  1. Phoebe says:

    Thank you for offering this alpha version! After the latest Windows update, I was having issues with the taskbar not wanting to hide behind certain things and after hunting for a solution, I came across your program. It worked like a charm, definitely worth a donation!

  2. sludge7051 says:

    In Win 10, I am running 7+ Taskbar Tweaker in compatibility mode with Win 8. It appears to be working.

  3. Andy says:

    Warning! 🙁

    AegisLab: Troj.Dropper.W32.Injector!c
    Bkav: HW32.Packed.2387
    3.Kaspersky: Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Injector.piul
    McAfee-GW-Edition: BehavesLike.Win32.Dropper.tc
    Panda: Generic Suspicious
    nProtect: Trojan-Dropper/W32.Injector.1265205

    See more: https://virustotal.com/en/file/c6158b52545996ad7e4dc1898cc4d18bc6f2241e294fc1bf7a7f0e3454e481c9/analysis/1471026665/

    • These are false positives. I’ve sent a letter to the companies, hopefully the detection will be removed soon.

      • Bill Molony says:

        Michael I have been using your Taskbar Tweaker (TT) for many years and have always found it to be extremely useful! THANK YOU!

        I have even sent you 2-3 donations over the years in hopes that you will continue to keep TT going. But one thing has always bothered me about your website.

        I generally review all my installed software every 3 months to be sure I have the most recent updates. But when I visit the TT page, it is extremely difficult to determine if I have the latest update. Other than the download link, there is nothing to clearly indicate what version is the newest.

        On the TT page, at the very top of the page, could you please add a simple note that says the most recent version number and beside that, add a download link for the newest version.

        That way I don’t need to search further or read “stuff” that I don’t have time to read.

        And thanks again for a great app! Keep up the wonderful work you do!


        • Hi Bill,

          Thank you for the feedback and for your support.
          There are two ways to quickly determine the latest version number without downloading the tweaker:

          1. Hover over the download link: https://i.imgur.com/LDJcNub.png
          2. Click on the changelog near the download link. The latest version number is on the top of the changelog.
          • Bill Molony says:


            THANKS for the response!

            I was already aware of the “changelog” and always go to that (though sometimes even that is hard to find). And I appreciate the “hover over…”. But had you not mentioned it, I would never have thought of that. Call me lazy??? Neither really satisfies me as the “ultimate solution”.

            Finding and going to the changelog is “more work” than I really want to do. 🙂 And it seems to me that if you can have a “hover” option at that link, it would not be all that difficult to add the latest version number right beside the link rather than “hidden” in a “hover over”. That way, lazy people like me wouldn’t even have to hover! 🙂

            If you really want to get fancy, I have seen a number of sites that have a link on their app’s “About…” dialog. If you click the link, the app sends the user’s current installed version number to the web page and a message pops up saying “You have the most recent update” or “You do not have the most recent update” and opens the download page for the most recent version.

            Now for a lazy person like me, that is an absolute miracle! But then, like me, you may find that to be more work than you want to do! 🙂

            Regardless, keep up the great work you do. It really is much appreciated!

            Be well,

            • it would not be all that difficult to add the latest version number right beside the link

              OK, I’ve added a version number.

              I have seen a number of sites that have a link on their app’s “About…” dialog.

              The tweaker doesn’t have that, but it has an update checking functionality: it checks for updates every 24 hours, and shows a notification when a new version is available.

    • Programmer says:

      ATTENTION. 2/3 from all Internetsecurity has found in 7+ Taskbar Tweaker a heavy bad Trojan-Dropper. I’m a programmer and that is true. Stop this bad tool.

  4. chabinot says:

    My version of Windows 10 is :
    Version : 1607
    Build : 14393.67
    I just have made a donation of $10.
    Could you send me a link so i could dowload the right version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, because the one i have downloaded does’nt work, missing library 107.

  5. Sackey says:

    I need it free. Pliiiiz. Microsoft’s just a piece of shit. :crying: :'(

  6. BG-0 says:

    Hey, is there a minimum donation for getting into this Alpha? I simply can’t stand the default taskbar and am quite poor at the moment…

  7. Alex says:

    your dropbox account generates too much traffic and has been disabled 🙁

  8. You know, I really, really love this program, but I’m uncomfortable with the seemingly inevitable risk of Microsoft just making it non-functional whenever it feels like. I just updated and now my previous version of Taskbar Tweaker no longer works, and I’m very glad that you’re working on the fix.

    Anyway, I guess my main concern is that, at some point, when you no longer have the time or the resources to update this program, I’m not sure what I’ll do when Microsoft releases an update that ruins it.

  9. LaPobre says:

    Pleaseeeeeeee make it free, please please T_T I don’t have legal age for have a credit card o something like that 🙁 I’m just a poor girl u.u

  10. MG says:

    How it is possible to install/try your extension on Windows 10 with anniversary update? If you have planned a working release, when it will be available? Thx for your support!

  11. RevNight says:

    Is there an estimate on when this will be completed for us poor scrubs?

  12. Benjamin Penney says:

    Hello, mostly happy donor here. Can you please incorporate this into the next version for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition?


    (Action center repositioning.)

    I hope what I’m asking isn’t too off-the-wall. I mean, it seems to fit well with the current feature set of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, and I’ve done the legwork and found a working implementation for you :).

    • Patrick says:

      WOW! Wonderful and nice option (I was looking for that!); if you could also allow to decide the pixels width of the clock area it would be amazing! Thanks again, and a big ciao from Italy!

  13. Paige says:

    So my computer updated last night…
    I’m happy to donate because this program has saved me from some serious frustration over the past year, but my PayPal account isn’t being recognized when I try to access it from your donation site (it’s saying I don’t have funds, which isn’t true). Can I initiate the payment from my PayPal dashboard by sending it to you using your email? If so, what email would I use? Thanks in advance!

  14. zack says:

    donated to see what this program can do,
    12 hours passed,
    no link to my email and no reply

  15. Tuan Anh says:

    Rammichael pls add Language Viet Nam

  16. Xiaobai says:

    I want to donate u,but i dont have Paypal,because my card dont support dollar…..crying…

  17. Crs says:

    Alpha version it’s working good on windows 10 anniversary.
    Donation made 😉
    Keep developing

  18. bolu says:

    Can we expect final stable version this month? I ask because alpha works good for me 🙂 Thank you.

  19. JAck says:

    You should develop the software for the latest build? Join the insider program and develop the software for the latest build in that and then won’t you always be ahead of the production versions and support them. Or does each build require a new compile of the code?

    • Every new build (or almost every build) requires fixups. Having the tweaker updated for a new build is very time consuming, as I need to do a thorough testing for all of the feature, identify the features that became broken, and investigate how to fix them. Therefore, I prefer to do this process only for stable builds.

  20. Xiaobai says:

    I like and want this tool,but my bankcard not support the paypal,most bankcard not support the paypal in China.:(

  21. Shedevri says:

    Do it for free please, I do not have a credit card , because our country is difficult to make a donation , I really like this program but I can not use it .

  22. kwuala says:

    @RaMMicHaeL in our coutry we are not allowed to make money transactions can you please mail me the early alpha, i find your tool very useful that i can’t find comfort in windows without it.

  23. londy says:

    I cant a donation。because im in China!

  24. Panther says:

    Hi RaMMicHaeL,

    I like your tool very much, and have been using it since Windows 7, as it has a feature that I need desperately. This feature is the “don’t group taskbar items”.
    Would it be possible to publish a very simple version of your tool that only has the “grouping features”? It’d take a lot less testing to release the simplified version after major Windows 10 updates, which would reduce the wait time for users.

    As I’m a software developer myself, I’d be happy to contribute, but of course it might take some time while I ramp up on Windows internals and your codebase. 🙂 Let me know if you need some help!


    • Benjamin Penney says:

      I would expect a software developer to understand why this wouldn’t improve the speed of releases.

      • Panther says:

        I would expect a software developer to understand why this wouldn’t improve the speed of releases.

        Um, maybe I’m missing something here, but I’d say that less functionality means fewer things need to be figured out how they changed between major Windows 10 releases, fewer things need to be tested, and someone to help means less of RaMMicHaeL’s free time is needed for all of these.
        Could you please elaborate why you think this isn’t true?

        • Marcus says:

          A simple “grouping features only” version would mean then maintaining two versions of the product. He would not only have to test the full product but also test (and maintain) the simple version.

          • Panther says:

            Two versions of the product: true. However, those two versions may be able to use the exact same code, in which case once the simple version works, those features will automatically be good in the full version too. Of course it could get more complicated if the different features are intertwined, not orthogonal, but I have no idea how the code is organized, or how much the different features have to “coordinate” what changes they make to the internal Windows structures to make everything work this nicely. If it’s too complicated, it might not be feasible to create a simple version of course.

    • Hi Panther,

      I have just published a public beta version, try it out.

  25. Me says:

    Awesome, working perfectly well on build 14393.105 !
    Thank you very much !!!

  26. NurEinTier says:

    Thank you very much for the program,

    Sadly I’m getting error code 107, can’t load library.

    Tried re-installing with admin rights.
    Made no difference.
    Is there anything else I could try?

  27. Kevin says:

    [Bug] Running the public beta here – after starting up the program the on-screen keyboard button located in the notification area grows in size and becomes cut off. To see this go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Turn system icons on or off > Touch keyboard

    • That’s a known bug, which is a side effect of the w10_large_icons advanced option.
      The issue happens in all Windows 10 versions, it’s not something that was introduced in the Anniversary Update.
      I might look at fixing it, but it’s not a priority.

  28. Kevin says:

    [Feature Request] Would it be possible to include an advanced option to move the Action Center icon to the left of the clock? This would include correcting the padding so it doesn’t look strange. See this working project which does this, but doesn’t correct the padding: https://github.com/opusman/ClockPositionRighteousifier

  29. Manu says:


    I use your program only for ‘disable_topmost’ with option 2. that way, when I press the ‘win’ key, the taskbar appears. However, whith the new update (had it come in late), on the beta version, it doesn’t work properly. The start menu covers the program icons that I have on the taskbar, so I can click the icons on the taskbar only if I press ‘win’ twice, one to make the taskbar appear, and once to make the start menu dissappear.

    That’s all. I wanted to report it, in case someone else didn’t do it already, and in case you weren’t aware of this little bug. Thank you for patiently working on this taskbar extension.

    Be blessed!

    • Hi Manu,

      This looks like it would not be trivial to fix, and I don’t plan to investigate this in the near future. I can suggest another solution: set up another keyboard shortcut in the system, which will just bring the taskbar forward, without showing the start menu.
      You can use NirCmd and the following command:
      nircmd.exe win activate class "Shell_TrayWnd"
      Creating a keyboard shortcut for the command: create a shotcut of NirCmd with the command line above and use the following tutorial:

      • Manu says:

        Thank you very much for your reply!

        Setting a keyboard shortcut doesn’t really cut it for me. Instead of that, I can just press win key twice… What I thought of is that maybe it’s possible to arrange the items on the taskbar from the right to the left instead of from the left to the right. That way, since I have enough space on my taskbar, it won’t cover the items.

        How about that? Is it doable?
        Thanks for taking your time to suggest that though!

        Have a nice day!

  30. Konstantinos S. Tsiligiannis says:

    Thank you for the alpha release.
    Please make it possible for the clock to go back to the far right where it belongs!

    • Patrick says:

      I,too, would like the clock in the old position (ClockPositionRighteousifier does not work properly in my case).
      Furthermore, if possibile, eliminate all the padding aroud the notification icon (what a waste of space, and a horrible thing to see!).

  31. Pavel says:

    If option “hovering = [Nothing]” and

    option “Left click on combined item = [default]” – then nothing happens when i click on combined items.
    option “Left click on combined item = [Open last window if inactive…]” – then last window opens, but thumbnails preview don’t show.

    Version 5.2. Windows 10.
    In prev versions all works.

    Settings: http://i.imgur.com/kf3gmZt.png

  32. Florin says:

    I use this only for the ability to change volume using the mouse scrollwheel on the taskbar and I would like to thank you for a fantastic app.

  33. Sergio says:

    version 5.2.1 of Kaspersky anti-virus Trojan detected.The program is not updated.

  34. Adaz says:


    “Cycle trough windows” does not work anymore as it did before Win10.
    It displays thumbnail previews when I click on a taskbar icon for the first time, but it must NOT show them at all (especially if I disabled them with Hovering: Nothing).
    When I keep clicking, it cycles through windows, but it should do it immediately when I click on the icon.
    Thank you very much.

    • I could not reproduce the problem. Are you sure that you’re not using the option “Open last window if inactive, otherwise open thumbnail preview”?

      Also, note that the “Cycle trough windows” is actually available natively by holding the Shift button. The tweaker merely makes explorer think that the button is pressed. Try to turn off the tweaker, hold the Shift button, and see whether it works as expected.

      • Adaz says:


        As I know it works when you press the CTRL button, not SHIFT.
        It doesn’t matter, I’ve found the cause. Since I could not use 7TT for almost a year (because of the lack of support for Win10 preview builds), I found and applied another solution, a registy setting: reg:\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Lastactiveclick = 1. (I did not know that it was already present in Win7, so this was the most important reason why I chose 7TT earlier.)
        With this setting enabled, 7TT did not work as expected. As I deleted this key, everythis is OK, thanks!

  35. TLand says:

    Is there an option to increase the size of the windows start button?

  36. Mikus says:

    Hello and thanks for a great product.

    Is there a plan to implement, or does the app currently somehow allow us to re-arrange the jump list on docked taskbar applications?

    We used to be able to do this in Win 7, but somehow that functionality disappeared in Win 10. It is a very helpful feature that we got so accustomed to using.

    Thanks very much.

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