How to Customize Windows 7 and Windows 8 Taskbar

Through the Control Panel in Windows, you can change the settings of various things in the operating system. But most of the users do not find many settings for the most used part of Windows – the Windows taskbar. Thanks to a freeware application called 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, now you can configure and customize the Windows 7 and Windows 8 taskbars as you please.

The 7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar. Most of the configuration options it provides cannot be tweaked using the taskbar properties or through the Windows registry. You can download it from the Rammichael’s website. The download is a setup installer which can also be used to extract a portable version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. The installation version sets it to run automatically at every Windows logon while the portable edition has to be run manually whenever you want to run it. But in both cases, it must be running in the background for the tweaks to work. The main interface of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is a big collection of settings and options for your Windows Taskbar.

Customize Windows 7 and Windows 8 Taskbar

The settings are divided in three categories – Taskbar items, Grouping & combining and other settings. In the Taskbar items, you can change the settings for what happens when you left-click, right-click or middle-click on an item in the taskbar. You can also change the options for what happens when you hover your mouse cursor over an item in the taskbar or drop something onto the taskbar. There are settings for thumbnails and pinned items too.

In the Grouping & combining section, you can set the options of how different items are grouped or disable the grouping altogether. You can set options for combining and decombining the taskbar icons. You can choose what happens when you left-click on a combined item.

It also comes with a utility called Taskbar Inspector. This utility can be used to reorder and rearrange the items in the Windows taskbar. This tool works by injecting its instructions in the Windows taskbar’s process memory. In my opinion, this tool should be used only by intermediate or advanced Windows users.

Customize Windows 7 and Windows 8 Taskbar

The 7+ Taskbar Tweaker can be used to tweak the Windows taskbar for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. It is a nifty tool that can be used by advanced users and beginners alike. The changes it makes are not stored permanently in the Windows registry or other places. The changes or tweaks stop working as soon as you close down the application. So if you want to remove all the tweaks, you can just stop using it.

You can download 7+ Taskbar Tweaker from