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.

Download

exe 7tt_setup.exe (1.77 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.14.1
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 (1.77 MB, changelog)
Latest beta version: v5.14.1.1
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

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: 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.
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6,369 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker”

  1. Thomas says:

    Can you add an option to start 7+ Taskbar Tweaker with minimized (toTray) Options dialog window?

  2. Mader says:

    Can you add option to remove “unpin from taskbar” item in context menu?

  3. M Butts says:

    AVAST is blocking, V5.14. – says it contains IDP.generic. False Pos?

    On Windows Ver 10.0.19043

  4. Jed says:

    So, of the three approaches, you were tossing up here…
    https://ramensoftware.com/7-taskbar-tweaker-and-a-first-look-at-windows-11
    Have you essentially gone with #2, which is what Windhawk is?
    Or do you still plan to do a dedicated Win 11+ [Tskbr] Tweaker?

    Sorry, still green & getting up to speed with the modern ‘Win Twk’ community.
    I was more clued up many years ago, when I was much younger!

    Thank you,
    J HS L

    • Have you essentially gone with #2, which is what Windhawk is?

      Yes. Windhawk is not quite “11 Taskbar Tweaker”, it’s a more general Windows modding platform, but it can be a viable alternative to 7+ Taskbar Tweaker for Windows 11, and for some aspects it already is.

      Or do you still plan to do a dedicated Win 11+ [Tskbr] Tweaker?

      As I mentioned in a couple of places, that’s unlikely to happen.

      Sorry, still green & getting up to speed with the modern ‘Win Twk’ community.

      Sure thing. If you have more feedback and would like to be more involved, you’re welcome to join Windhawk’s Discord channel.

  5. J says:

    Are there are any plans to add an option to scale the taskbar? My QuadHD monitor makes the taskbar look absolutely microscopic.

  6. Alex says:

    Author, you are just a god

  7. aram-lin says:

    Dear developer, I use your software, so I would like to ask about the feature improvements.
    Will you add the ability to automatically switch Windows by placing the mouse on the working column?(Available on many browsers.The classic example is Centbrowers.)

    This function is a very labor-saving tool

    https://github.com/luetage/vivaldi_modding/blob/master/activate-tab-on-hover.js

  8. It don’t seem to work with Start All back classic taskbar.

    • There’s no official support for Start All Back and similar third party customization tools. If there’s a conflict that I know of that’s easy to fix on my side, I try to fix it, but from what I hear from users, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and Start All Back mostly work together, except for maybe a couple of conflicting options.

  9. Andrezza Andrade says:

    I installed the ExplorerPatcher and then installed the beta version of 7+.

    It is finally the same as my w10 taskbar (entirely to the left and with no limit width to make it reaaaally small to the left). Thanks so much <3

  10. David Jorgensen says:

    7+ broke on my windows 10 installation the other day. I installed 5.14 today and tabs are still grouped by type and I can’t reorder within a group (e.g. explorers). Did I miss something?

    • Are you getting any error message when the tweaker starts? Perhaps something went wrong during installation, try to re-install the latest version, preferably after logging out or restarting the computer. Let me know if you still have issues.

      • David Jorgensen says:

        I did get an error message. I think it pointed me to this page and weren’t any installation issues.

        I tracked the problem to the installation of the Windows 22H2 update. I rolled that update back and turned off automatic updates for 7 days and it works now.

  11. Jed says:

    Hey,
    I am on Win11 22H2 and I am using 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 5.15 with ExplorerPatcher 22621.

    Controlling the volume when the mouse is over the taskbar or the notification area is buggy.

    When I am scrolling over, I am experiencing a little lag and an annoying blipping noise can be heard.

    Is there a way it can be fixed?

    Thank you

    • Hi Jed,
      I’m not sure why you’re experiencing the issue, but you can try using the classic volume control. Go to advanced options (right click on the tray icon and choose “Advanced options”), then change sndvol_classic to 1. Refer to the help file for more info. You also might want to try the sndvol_tooltip advanced option.

      • Jed says:

        I checked this and the problem also occurs even if I change sndvol_classic to 1

        It happens on two of my devices.

        • Actually, I now remember that there was a similar bug report around July 2020 via email. I can post parts of the conversation if you’re interested. I thought I fixed it back then, not sure if what you’re seeing is related.

          In any case, I’m busy with other stuff and don’t have time to look into it in 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, sorry. I have some idea about a possible fix, and I can try it with the Taskbar Volume Control Windhawk mod which provides the same functionality. Let me know if you’re interested.

  12. JonathanP says:

    I have been 7+Taskbar for a few years and I love it. I am currently running Win10 with Brave, Chrome, or Firefox (it doesn’t matter for the purposes of this email). Once I have all my windows open, I order them in alphabetical order (that would be a nice feature).

    When I am ready to shut down the browser, I just “Exit” it. Upon return, I have it set to “restore all windows.” It does that, but it screws with the order of the Windows in the Taskbar. Is this a function of the browser or 7+Taskbar? If it IS the latter, would this be a bug? If it is not part of 7+Taskbar, could it be added as a feature? I often have something like 60 windows open, each with multiple tabs and it takes me about 10 minutes to alphabetize my windows.

    The primary reason I use 7+Taskbar is to see the name of each window in a button on the taskbar. When you get to have more than a few windows open, it is important to have some convention for ordering the buttons. I like to alphabetize them, but I hate restarting the browser because I have to go through the alphabetizing process each time.

    Keeping the windows in order and/or providing an alphabetizing function would save me tons of time. The Window name function is available by right-clicking on the window title and choosing “Name window…” An extension (FireTitle) must be used in Firefox.

    • Hi Jonathan,

      7+ Taskbar Tweaker has an option to sort the windows by name. There are two ways to use it:
      1. From Taskbar Inspector.
      2. With advanced options (right click on the tray icon and choose “Advanced options”). See this discussin and the help file for more details.

      Is this a function of the browser or 7+Taskbar? If it IS the latter, would this be a bug?

      It’s neither.

      The browser has no control over it since Windows doesn’t provide any way to query or control the order of Windows.

      7+ Taskbar Tweaker, on the other hand, doesn’t have enough information to uniquely identify the browser windows before and after the relaunch. It can try and use titles, but that’s not a 100% solution since the title can change after relaunch, and multiple windows can have the same title.

      For Firefox, there’s an extension that allows to restore the order of windows after relaunch:
      https://github.com/pragacz/window-arranger-webext#readme

  13. Name says:

    Hello! In windows explorer I use “List” view. If the filename doesn’t fit and I click on that file, the explorer automatically scrolls to the right side. Is there any way to stop it?

  14. Mike says:

    Hi guys – I mainly downloaded the Tweaker to stop all grouping of taskbar items so I can rearrange them like I could on XP, for example.

    There is a problem though in that in the alt+tab selector (and win+tab) the order does not change.

    Is there any way around this?

    • Alt+tab windows are ordered according to recent usage. So, for example, you can always click alt+tab repeatedly to switch between the two most recent windows. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t have an option to change that, and it’s also out of scope since it’s not related to the taskbar.

      • Mike says:

        Oh yeah you’re right! I didn’t spot that. I guess that’s fine then!

        Also I get what you mean about it being kind of unrelated to the taskbar.

        Thanks for the great app anyways! It’s nice to have more control of the taskbar on these more recent Windows releases as I do find them a bit more kind of clunky and limiting than the older ones.

  15. Clive says:

    For the last couple of days the start at start-up setting is not retained and Tweaker does not start at start-up, a short cut in the start-up folder gets deleted with every boot. Does anybody have any ideas how to fix this one?
    Thanks in advance.

  16. JackDamon37 says:

    Hi,

    Is there a way to obtain a bigger font in the taskbar inspector?

    That would make the tweaker so useful to me, that I would use it instead of the Windows 10 Task View to get an overview of what is open.

    Thank you very much

  17. Oleg K says:

    Thanks for the program. Allowed me to disable annoying taskbar hover tooltips on Windows 10

  18. Apis035 says:

    Hi,

    Is it possible to have a single app on the taskbar shows the label when mouse hovered/window focused? Currently the option 7tt provides is showing label on grouped app.

    Thank you.

  19. Roblox yt says:

    does this work on windows 10 21h2?

  20. Marty D says:

    Hi,

    Having trouble after installing kb5021233 22h2 feature update from 21h2. I’m getting a box that says: “could not load library (107)” and that library initialization failed. v5.14 was working good but this update appears to have hosed it. Is anybody else experiencing this?

  21. Gabriel says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t work on windows 10 21h2
    Why?
    I had 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 5.13 (October 2022) installed and it was working fine, but when I upgraded to Windows 10 22H2 yesterday, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 5.13 stopped working. So I came to this page and downloaded the latest version, 5.14. And it doesn’t work either. That is, it installs, but it doesn’t load the program’s option selection library, so it’s not functional.

  22. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker says:

    thank for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, it is very good software.
    can i run the installer with the following arguments for portable install? thank you very much!
    7tt_setup.exe /S /portable /D=C:\Program Files\7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    • thank for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, it is very good software

      You’re welcome 🙂

      can i run the installer with the following arguments for portable install?

      Yes, that should work. Note that you have to run the installer as administrator in order to install 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to the Program Files folder.

  23. Antonio says:

    When the taskbar is in vertical mode, I see quite a lot of “wasted space” above and below the tray clock (Windows 10). It would be great if 7TT could do something in that respect. Thanks a lot for your wonderful software!

  24. Romeo says:

    7+ Taskbar Tweaker crashes explorer when I try to enable either the beta or the standard version linked above on the latest Windows 11 insider Dev Build (Build 25267). I am using StartAllBack to bring back the legacy windows 10 taskbar in my case. The error is stating the following: Could not load library (5) Library Initialization failed, perhaps your Windows version is not supported. Is there any way to get it to work? I really want to use some of its functionality..

  25. Frank says:

    Can we have an option to center the icons in the taskbar, please?

  26. ChaCe says:

    Hi there. I think I might be missing the setting on Taskbar Tweaker. Is there a way to make the width of the taskbar button variable to exactly fit the label text – i.e., no empty space on the button to the right of the text. I’m trying to save space on my taskbar without necessarily needing to group and hide all labels. I don’t need all the taskbar buttons to be the same size. The advanced option no_width_limit isn’t exactly what I am looking for. Thanks so much in advance

  27. gautxori says:

    Please add an option for windows 10 virtual desktops, to open new application windows in current desktop. By default if another window for an application is already opened, new windows open on the same desktop the previous window was in (in most applications, such as MS office, Voidtools Everything, …).

  28. Przemysław says:

    Thank You for increasing my productivity and comfort over the years <3

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