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 (1.77 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.14
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 (1.76 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.12.3.5
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.

6,340 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Daniel says:

    Eagerly waiting for Windows 10 Anniversary Edition support.
    After upgrading Windows, I seriously miss this!

  2. Tsvetan says:

    Sadly, this handy program doesn’t work in Windows 10 Redstone 1. Please, if you can, release new version. I can send picture of the error.

  3. Quinn says:

    On Win 10 1607, there is an error at startup.
    Could not load library (107).

  4. Rez says:

    I have just updated to win10 anniversary and 7+taskbar now shows an error when I open the program (could not load library 107). I have tried reinstalling the software but it doesnt seem to work. Also, when I go to advanced settings, the keys are empty and even if I add one in, it makes no difference. Any ideas?

  5. Dwight Reed says:

    Just updated Win 10 to Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.10) (Anniversary Update).

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker worked fine under the previous version of Win 10 but will not work now. I get a message:

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

  6. Bugger says:

    When loading in Windows 10 anniversary update (14393) it says “Could not load library (107)”. Even in the beta version.

  7. Wacky says:

    @RaMMicHaeL this is such a wonderful plugin, have been using it since past several years, also donated. As you know, issue is with the recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update, same issue has come back: Could not load library (107) . I just installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and confirm this issue. Any fix patch? Thanks!

  8. Dorba says:


    There is a problem. It is not working in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.

    It says 107 Library not loaded.

    I hope it can be fixed.


  9. Roger Thornhill says:

    If you have multiple lines of ungrouped icons in the taskbar and you close a window, the taskbar focus goes to the first row of icons, not the row that had contained the icon of the window before it was closed. The latter behavior would be preferable, especially when needing to close multiple icons/windows.

  10. lorddonk says:

    Does not work after Windows 10 latest “anniversary” update 🙁 It says “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (107)” upon startup. When using the inspector it says “Oops: Not injected in to explorer”. And it does not function. Love this program please update!

  11. Frg says:


    I have just updated Windows 10 to its “Anniversary” release.
    And now, when starting 7TT, I have this error message:
    “Impossible to load the library (107)”

    And although I can display all options and panels, nothing actually works.

    I tried repairing it, but it did not change anything.

    I guess some recoding is necessary…

  12. lpx says:

    Windows 10 Anniversary update has broken 7+ tweaker, it can not load library 🙁

  13. Crisdavid says:

    I’m getting a “Could not load library (107) error code when running the latest stable or even beta version of this (after the Windows 10 Anniversary update) either by running, or from it automatically starting on boot.

  14. jerome says:

    thanks a lot for your programm and for the support!

    i install the alpha version for windows anniversary update.

    only one problem for me : i can’t have the second in the taskbar (for windows time)

    That’s all for me 🙂

    Thanks again!

    JJ from france

  15. Based_Chen says:

    Any update to this because the Windows 10 anniversary update broke it?

  16. Dmitry says:

    also waiting for update for w10 anniversary update

  17. Wim de Lange says:

    Installed the beta with the same problem, cannot load library (107)

  18. Peter says:

    I love your program and I want to continue using it after the Windows Anniversary Update.

    After all of these comments and messages, you guys are probably aware of the issues that appeared recently.

    Is there any way you can let us know of a timeline to fix the problem, and when a fix might be available?


  19. Ibnuh says:

    please update because 7+ library cant run with Windows 10 anniversary update

  20. Steve J. McWilliam says:

    Dear RaMMicHaeL,

    I have just upgraded to the Anniversary edition of Windows-10 and am afraid to say that this upgrade prevents many (or possibly even all) of the functions of 7TT Taskbar Tweaker from working. One of the main reasons I use 7TT is to obtain small icons with reduced spacing in the taskbar – sadly this no longer works and the spacing is back to the far too wide Windows standard.

    Can I please ask whether you could change 7TT to take account of the changes in Win-10 Anniversary as I find your program a superb lifesaver and would hope that I can use it again. Many thanks


  21. Steve J. McWilliam says:

    I too am getting the error message “Could not load library (107)” when running the latest version of 7TT (after the Windows 10 Anniversary update) either by running, or from it automatically starting on boot.

  22. Dakota says:

    Hello after the upgrade my tweaker does not work

    i get the error message Error: could not load library 107

  23. GuyWhose7TTBroke says:





  24. Azimuth says:

    Здравствуйте Михаил, скажите пожалуйста, могли бы Вы добавить функцию запоминания изменённого ID приложения? Объясню зачем, есть очень нужная программа Sandboxie, так вот, в ней есть проблема с закреплением ярлыка на панели задач программ, установленных в песочнице, которую разработчик не может решить. Закреплённый ярлык имеет ID полный путь до исполняемого файла, к примеру (C:\Sandbox\Azimuth\FireFox\drive\C\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe), а после запуска меняется на странный номер E7CF176E10C211B, таким образом, сама программа перескакивает в конец таскбара, но если через Ваш Инспектор задач, изменить ID на ID закреплённого элемента, то приложение перемещается на ярлык. Таким образом, если бы 7+ Taskbar Tweaker при запуске приложения автоматически изменял его ID, то порядком бы повысилось удобство использования панели задач.

  25. Yann says:


    I have a problem with my taskbar that is driving me crazy. My taskbar is on top of my screen and the icon are set to never combine.

    When moving from one desktop to the next, in Windows 10, the icon in my taskbar are always being reordered. Even when using 7tt.

    Does anyone else has this behaviour? Can it be fixed? Can 7tt help?


  26. Aiman says:

    LOL BRO. I cannot believe how DEPENDENT you have made me on this program!!
    I used to have Windows 8.1 a few days ago, then I purchased the latest Microsoft Windows 10, which as stated above, has an error code 107 with the newest Windows. When I right click on a program in the Taskbar… I wonder WHERE DID THE Restore, Minimize, Close, etc menu go??? BRO!
    ALSO LOL, you know how convenient it is to have Volume Up/Down buttons on the keyboard? that was so useful and I loved it, and still raaaaarely use it… because you know why??
    I SOO got used to moving the mouse down to the Taskbar and Scroll Up/Down for the volume! OMG I GOT SO dependent on that LOL.

    Life is SOOO inconvenient without those two important options!! Please work hard on your project, and have it done soon! =D

    Wow, I’ve never experienced this in the past 15 years of computer usage, for all I can remember. WOW, you deserve an award for your program for how useful it is. Microsoft gotta give you some Gold medal.. the Olympics can also pitch in with another Gold medal =)

    • Aiman says:

      HAH, AND De-combining like programs! ; Every instance shown in the Taskbar gotta be on its own! No thanks for moving all three Notepads together when I wanna relist the stuff in the Taskbar. I only want that One Notepad to be in the front of all these muthers down there

  27. aleskas says:

    Please, release as public beta for all 10 Anniversary users!

  28. Dagni says:

    I’m trying to make a donation, but Paypal is not available in our country and I don’t want to use Bitcoin. Is there any other way to do it?

  29. Terence says:

    Got “Could not load library (1002)” in Windows 7 recently, please help.

  30. j7n says:

    Is it possible to disable the “jump list” menu that appears when a taskbar button is dragged upwards on Windows Seven? I often drag a button unintentinally, as I try to click on it while the mouse is in motion, and then I have to dismiss the menu box, or I accidentally activate something in it (pin or close).

    • Aiman says:

      I use the first option in the top left corner named: Right click

      Try selecting the Standard window menu for a few days and see how you like it. I love that menu because it is so much more useful. You got the “Close” option but also a bunch of other useful ones, like Restore and Minimize. I use those a lot and never use the jump lists or need to look at the history of whatever.

      Try it out for a few days bro

    • Yes, you can use the drag_towards_desktop advanced option. Refer to the help file for more details.

      • j7n says:

        Thank you. It works. I didn’t notice the Advanced section before. Aiman, I already use the standard window menu on right click; it opens faster and the first option is always above and to the right of the mouse pointer rather than aligned with the button. This allows me to close windows quickly without reading the menu.

        • Aiman says:

          Cool! I love how simple and useful it is.

          The official Microsoft way of bringing up that menu without 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is Shift+Right Click on the item in the Taskbar.

  31. Crisdavid says:

    Within the advanced settings of the program; what are the differences between inputting a 1, and a 2 value for “disable_topmost? I know it prevents the default windows taskbar from being always on top. But upon click the “show desktop” button; it is then hidden. While inputting a 2 hides my Displayfusion Taskbar on my second monitor. Is there a way I can keep the windows desktop not always on top, and not have it disappear when I use the “Show Desktop” button?

  32. jj says:

    can you please add a functionality of removing the annoying line from taskbar active buttons (tabs) that Windows 10 has! there is a real need for this feature! there are so many posts demanding solution for this on the internet espl on tenforums ….


  33. aleskas says:

    Please, release as public beta for all 10 Anniversary users!!!

  34. Wally says:


    Nice… can make my Win10 taskbar icons a sensible size.

    But next problem… Looks like the Win 10 Notification Icons have been shrunk as well compared to Win 7.

    Any chance you can weave some magic to make the notification icons a sensible size too?

  35. dAKirby309 says:

    Every time I try to download the alpha, Windows Defender pops up saying it’s a virus and it is removing it. So I’m unable to install it unless I disable Defender… but that makes me skeptical. Was the file somehow hacked and poses a threat?

  36. WRFan says:

    I installed this programme primarily to disable the pathetic previews which appeared when you hover over a taskbar window, but there’s a bug in your programme where previews are still displayed. If you drag a window in the taskbar a little to the left or right onto another window, but then let the mouse go BEFORE the windows switch places, then hit a movement key (W-A-D or arrows up-left-right, then the damn idiotic previews still appear and drive me insane. Could you please please fix this issue? Those crap previews have been annoying me for over a year now

    • What happens is that you don’t activate a window, and because the task list was the last control which was active, it stays active. You can achieve the same by using Win+T. Now, using the arrow keys while the task list is active navigates between the items, and shows the thumbnail previews. The tweaker handles the hovering event, but doesn’t handle the keyboard navigation. I’d say that having the thumbnail previews appear due to keyboard navigation is rare enough to bother fixing it. In fact, you are the first one to report about this in the seven years of existence of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker!

      • WRFan says:

        Yes, I know I am the first one to report this problem, cause I had scouted the entire internet prior to finding your programme, but every idiot out there talks about the ExtendedUIHoverTime value in the registry. Some idiot posts it first, then 1 mio websites copy the original content and spread shit rumours all over the internet. I was like, don’t you get it, idiots? The hover time delay is ignored by windows 10 if you drag windows in the taskbar. You just need to drag a window over another window, don’t even need to actually switch places, then activate either the window you dragged or the window dragged upon, BAMM! damn preview appears! I searched the entire google database for keywords like “windows 10 drag taskbar previews”, different combos, nothing! Entire internet is like a damn parrot, “ExtendedUIHoverTime ExtendedUIHoverTime ExtendedUIHoverTime !!! Yeah!” Then I found your programme, and at least this problem now only appears in the cases I described above. Still, extremely annoying, cause it happens pretty often, at least to me. I hate this shit windows explorer 10. I liked the Wixp explorer. I tried to run it on a Win10 LTSB virtual machine. Can you imagine this? Yeah, I am THAT stupid. Of course, it quit with a damn error. Now I am stuck with the shit previews bugging me. I am going to try to run Vista explorer on Win10, maybe that one will work? I am not giving up.

  37. Jacker says:

    can you add the lock feature please??? please reply thank you

  38. vipiish says:

    I’m having a problem with the latest version (5.1 non-beta) on Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (x64). I can’t seem to combine without grouping on the taskbar. It seems I have to enable grouping for combining to still work. Is this a bug, or intentional? I found an older post on Super User which implies that it’s possible though… http://superuser.com/questions/168022/disable-windows-7-taskbar-grouping-not-combining

    I installed 7TT for the first time on this machine today, and the OS install is quite recent as well, but I also tried it on a totally untouched instance of the same OS via VirtualBox and it doesn’t work there either.

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “combine without grouping”. The term “Combining” can only be applied to a group of buttons. Please see the help file and the images in it for the terminology that the tweaker uses.

      The SuperUser link seems to be just about disabling grouping.

      • vipiish says:

        Yeah, you may be right. I guess I’ll have to live with that, since I now realize you probably only programmed combining to be compatible with grouped buttons.

        One other thing; could you possibly add a “list” option for left-clicking? Instead of thumbnail previews, I’d prefer lists only. I know selecting “list” on hovering affects left-clicking as well, but I prefer to not have anything show when I hover, so I selected “nothing” for that option.

        • you probably only programmed combining to be compatible with grouped buttons.

          How do you define combining without grouping? I mean, if there’s only a single button, there’s not much to combine.

          One other thing; …

          That’s possible with a registry tweak. Select “nothing” in the tweaker, and use the following tutorial: (use a zero threshold)

          • vipiish says:

            Well, I mean, just because the buttons are not merged/glued together, surely doesn’t mean that they can’t still be combined, right? I mean, that’s how it worked in XP, which I’m just coming from.

            To be absolutely clear on what I mean when I refer to combining, I mean the “stacking” of buttons on a single button. You know, how when there are too many taskbar buttons of the same process, Windows lumps them together into a single expandable button? That’s what I mean by combining. “Grouping”, on the other hand, from what I understand by observing the taskbar while making changes in your UI, is the “merging” of buttons. I.e., buttons of the same process which are right next to each other horizontally. You know? They normally have no space between them (on Windows 7’s aero theme anyway). So are we on the same page?

            Now, what I want is to have the taskbar “stack” buttons onto a single button (combine) when there are too many taskbar buttons of the same process. But when they are not combined/stacked, I do NOT want buttons of the same process to be merged/glued together (grouped). Just like things worked in Windows XP, essentially. But maybe there’s a limitation that prevents you from doing so in Windows 7?

            Anyway, thanks for referring me to the registry hack. I’ll see how that works out.

            • From the help file:

              just because the buttons are not merged/glued together, surely doesn’t mean that they can’t still be combined, right?

              If they are combined, then they are also grouped.

              So basically, as far as I understand, you want to have no grouping, unless there are too many items, in which case you want to have grouping+combining.
              7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t have a feature to change grouping based on the amount of items. You can only change it manually, e.g. when you discover that there are too many items on your taskbar.

  39. Jacker says:

    can you add new feature for disable progress bar on taskbar?

  40. wtf says:


    When will the 10 AE support be completed?

    Can we get an ETA thanks

  41. Peter Macfarlane says:

    Have needed your software since Windows 7. And 10 Anniversary is no different. I need to be able to re-arrange windows on my taskbar (left side) in order of MY priority not in bunches of things of the same type. The alpha version works on my one 10 Anniversary machine despite the generic warning from Norton. Your program helps make Windows useable. The donation made sense – after all 10 was ‘free’. Cheers mate.

  42. Dagni says:

    I’ve just downloaded the beta version. Most functions work very well, some are still missing. Thank you RaMMicHaeL. I missed this 😀

  43. Lojzo says:

    Ich habe gerade Beta runtergaladen. Leider Instalation startet nicht (unter W10 Anniversary). Was nun?

  44. Hello,

    I just wanted to confirm that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker Version Beta does not work on latest insider preview Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14915.

    I get error message that says “Could not load library (104)”

    Any chance of getting this fixed soon?


  45. Brendan says:

    Your program is a life saver!

  46. PlayerHurp says:

    I just want to say how much I’ve enjoyed this over the years.

  47. Lexan|YT says:

    The beta that works with the Win 10 anniversary update is completely broken

  48. Johnny says:

    In the beta, middle click to close taskbar item doesn’t appear to work on Modern Apps.

  49. Pablo Ybarra says:

    Upon trying to download the most recent beta for this Windows Defender throws up a red flag and deletes the installer, reporting it as a Trojan horse. Is there expected to be a chance of false positives or was something compromised?

    • This is probably a false positive detection. I’ve had problems with Defender in the past, especially with non-popular versions of my software, such as alpha and beta versions.
      What’s weird is that the detection appears only on some computers. For example, the beta version is not being detected on my computer, which has Defender installed.
      I suggest you to contact Microsoft and verify that it is indeed a false positive, and if it is, to ask them to remove the detection.

      • Pablo Ybarra says:

        For the purpose of installing the beta I disabled Defender in order to download the installer. I haven’t encountered anything suspicious so I’m assuming it’s a false positive. If I find anything odd though I’ll be sure to leave note of it here. Thank you for the re-assurance.

  50. jives says:

    Thank you, works perfect in W10 for me!

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