Windhawk mods for the Windows 11 taskbar
A few weeks ago, Windhawk, the customization marketplace for Windows programs, was released. You can read the announcement blog post for more details and for the motivation behind creating it. One of the sections of the blog post was dedicated to 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
Regarding the future of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker: It will keep existing as a separate program which supports Windows 7 to Windows 10. As mentioned in a recent blog post, most parts of the taskbar were reimplemented in Windows 11, and 7+ Taskbar Tweaker can’t be made to work with the new taskbar without a huge amount of work. My plan, at least in the short term, is to implement the most demanded customizations for Windows 11 as Windhawk mods.
Below is a table with features that are available in Windows 10 but are missing in Windows 11. Some of the features are part of Windows 10 (marked with the icon) and some are part of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (marked with the icon). Please vote for the features that you’d like to have back in Windows 11. I’ll prioritize implementing the most requested features as Windhawk mods. For each implemented feature, the page will be updated to reflect the current status.
Voting can be done in two ways, simple voting and a donation. I added the donation option to be able to give extra priority to votes of users who wish to support the project with a donation. To vote with a donation, add the feature hashtag to the donation comment like this. Donations are a great motivating factor (thanks!), and I think that letting supporters decide where to focus first is a nice perk.
|Right click: Standard window menu|
|Middle click: Switch to / Minimize / Close||✔️ Partial|
|Dropping: Open with|
|Hovering: List / Tooltip / Nothing|
|Thumbnails: Drag to reorder||✅ Done|
|Thumbnails: Left click on the active thumbnail minimizes the window|
|Pinned items: Remove extra gap between items|
|Pinned items: Open with double click||✅ Done|
|Grouping: Don’t group||✅ Done|
|Grouping: When not grouping, place new items next to the existing ones||✅ Done|
|Grouping: Don’t group pinned items||✅ Done|
|Grouping: Drag within/between groups using right mouse button|
|Left click on combined item: Cycle through windows|
|Mouse wheel: Cycle between taskbar buttons||✅ Done|
|Minimize/restore when mouse is over: Taskbar buttons / Thumbnails||✅ Done|
|Control volume when mouse is over: The taskbar / The notification area||✅ Done|
|Customize double/middle click on empty space|
|Hide the Start button|
|Hide the “Show desktop” button|
|Display seconds on the tray clock||✅ Done|
|Reserve empty space on taskbar|
|Change the size of taskbar icons||✅ Done|
|Change padding between tray icons|
|Decombine taskbar buttons|
|Show labels in taskbar buttons||✅ Done|
|Taskbar on the top of the screen|
|Taskbar on the side of the screen|
|Open Taskbar Manager via right click||⭐|
|Taskbar with multiple rows|
If a feature that you’d like to see in Windows 11 is not in the table, please let me know in the comments below.
Tags: 7+ taskbar tweaker, windhawk
please make a mod for remove the gap between items, when i reduce the icon size, it looks hideous. thank you.
Right now, there are the following solutions you can try:
Install the Taskbar Labels for Windows 11 mod, and set a narrow width in settings. It’s not 100% supported and tested, there might be issues, for example, when there are too many items on the taskbar. But generally I believe that it should work. Let me know if you encounter any issues with it.
Try this updated version of the mod. Let me know if you need help installing it.
Thank you man, you are a saviour.
I still use to classic context menu in the Taskbar because “x Close” is directly where I need it.
Could you add a mod to move the modern context menu closer to the mouse like the classic context menu?
Not sure about moving the modern context menu, but a mod to restore the classic context menu (basically making Shift+right click the default) is on my list.
Appreciate this might be a bit out of scope for Windhawk, but it would be ace if you had a mod that does something similar to Mouse Jiggler
That seems to be less of a fit for a Windhawk mod, as it doesn’t customize another program, it’s a standalone program which does something on its own.
I need the option “Drag To Reorder” for the Thumbnails. Actually is not working con windows 11. Is it possible that you can fix it to work on win 11?
Ty in advanced
Have you tried the Taskbar Thumbnail Reorder Windhawk mod?
Well, I have to say WOW !! I did not try the windhawk mod until now. I’ve just installed it and it works !! Thank you very much Michael !!!
You’re welcome, enjoy and spread the word 🙂
Can you confirm that “Hovering: List / Tooltip / Nothing” would show a text list of opened windows of the app icon hovered over, like 7+TT in Windows 10?
Especially important for Firefox (show windows list, not tabs list). I’d gladly donate for that!
Yes, the item is about showing a list instead of the thumbnails, or show nothing.
Previously when Shift-Rightclicking on a group (e.g. File Explorers) and choosing minimize, it would minimize all windows of the group.
Currently only one window (I think the last active one) will be minimized.
Grouping: Minimize in group context menu minimizes all its windows.
You might want to try this new mod:
Taskbar minimize/restore on scroll.
That does exactly what I need, just way more convenient via scroll-wheel and a few more functions!
Could you add a feature to support a multi-line taskbar like in prior versions of Windows, so that when there are many programs open their buttons can spread across multiple lines? I’d like to make a donation and vote for that one while I’m at it.
Regardless, thank you for the work you’ve done on both 7TT and Windhawk. I’ve been using 7TT for a long time.
I tested using 7TT with Start11, but the 7TT options didn’t work until I also installed ExplorerPatcher. Is that what you’d expect? I was confused as Start11 and ExplorerPatcher seem very similar so I thought either one would suffice for 7TT to work.
Thanks for the suggestion, added it to the list so it’s now possible to vote for it. It’s not a simple feature to implement, but I’ll consider looking at it if there’s enough interest.
I’m not familiar enough with Start11. I only know that by default ExplorerPatcher restores the old Windows 10 taskbar and 7+ Taskbar Tweaker can work with it.
Would it be possible to add tray_icons_padding to the wishlist? I used that advanced setting on Win10 to reduce the space between tray icons. The taskbar label mod lets you set padding around the taskbar items, but not tray items.
Added to the list under “Change padding between tray icons”.
Can you add the ability to bring back the Windows 10 “People” icon in the taskbar? You forgot to add this to the table.
I never used this icon, and haven’t got this request from other users. I’ll keep it in mind and will consider adding it if I see there’s demand from more users.
plz add option to add taskbar on the side and to be NOT on top of other windows
that means that a window can be dragged OVER ON TOP of taskbar
also when a window lets say a game is double clicked and switch to full screen window it will take the whole screen and not just the screen minus taskbaer
i believe these options exist in the right click advanced settings of 7tt with a bunch of optioons as numbers
default is 0 and u can try 1 for on top and 2 for on top and allow full screen
You are right, the ‘always on top’ behavior of win11 taskbar is very annoyng.
It will be a great thing if could be disabled with WindHawk, without installling any other programs or be forced to change the bar appearence. I wish you good work with that, Micheal.
And great thanks for your old 7tt tool 😉
Please make taskbar like in macOS. No taskabr on left and right from Start menu and pinned programs. Just wallpaper.
I reinstall Windows 11 today and downloaded 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, but to my surprise, it is not working now, all the settings are greyed, I can not select them. Although until yesterday, it was working fine on Windows 11 for me.
Do I need to install some earlier version of 7+ taskbar tweaker? If yes, please share the link.
I read the above articles and according to my understanding, I need to install Windhawk now, and for each setting I need to install extra mods.
In some replies it was mentioned to use Explorer patcher also.
Please clarify what to use now and share the proper download links of them. I still don’t understand why suddenly 7+ (great work) is not working today inspite you are doing regular updates for it.
The only option to use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on Windows 11 is by downgrading to the old taskbar. You’ll have to use another tool for the job, for example Explorer Patcher, as I wrote here: 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on Windows 11 with Windows 10’s taskbar.
An alternative solution is to use Windhawk and install the mods you need.
after last update of “Disable Grouping”-Mod, not only the bug is solved, it finally behaves in most important details same as with 7taskbartweaker on indows 10 and I simply want to say THANKS!