In another article, you have seen how to make Windows 10 taskbar work like XP. Now let’s go through 7+ Taskbar Tweaker advanced options.
You can access 7+ Taskbar Tweaker advanced options by right clicking its notification area (status area or system tray) icon. If the icon is hidden, click the tiny upwards pointing arrow on the taskbar and then right click its icon and choose Advanced Options.
These options are all documented in detail in the help file that comes with the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Here is the full list.
Just like the Registry, in most cases, a value of 1 means enabled and 0 means disabled. Some settings have multiple values. The value mentioned below is my recommended value, not the default value.
Most important advanced options of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker
fix_hang_reposition – 1 – Fixes a Windows bug related to unresponsive windows and their taskbar button disappearing and re-appearing at the end of the taskbar. This bug dates back to many releases of Windows.
multipage_wheel_scroll – 1 – When scroll buttons appear on the taskbar due to too many apps being open, this lets you scroll the taskbar “pages” with the mouse scroll wheel. This option is so great that it should be built in into the Windows Taskbar.
pinned_ungrouped_animate_launch – 1 – Enables the launch animation for a taskbar pinned item (the effect that makes the button look pressed down and released). On Windows 10, you may need to fix the Windows Taskbar appearance with StartIsBack++ before the launch animation is visible because the Windows 10 taskbar theme does not support it. I highly recommend this option for visual feedback about the app launching.
show_desktop_button_size – 1 – Controls the Show desktop button’s size. Definitely something you can reduce to size 1 because the corner will always respond to your hover or click. The actual Show Desktop button may not be visible as in the image below, once you resize it to 1, but the corner will still work. It will save you space on the taskbar.
sndvol_tooltip – 1 – Uses a tooltip to indicate volume level. I highly recommend this option. It’s a superb feature to change volume by scrolling over the taskbar.
tray_icons_padding – 1 – Changes the padding (spacing) between notification area (status area/system tray icons)! This is must-have for power users like me whose taskbar is crowded due to lots of apps running in the notification area (status area/system tray). The only acceptable value for me is 1 or 2. By increasing the default padding (spacing) for tray icons in Windows 7 and later, Microsoft has reduced the comfort and ease of use of having many apps open on the taskbar. It gets cluttered far too easily unless the spacing is reduced.
w10_large_icons – 1 – Changes the small 24 x 24 icon size used on the Windows 10 taskbar back to the larger 32 x 32 size used in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. This is a must-do tweak to enjoy the beauty and details of larger icons. By reducing the size of icons, Microsoft has made the icons difficult to parse.
More advanced options of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker worth changing
always_show_thumb_labels – 1 – This shows labels for thumbnail previews even if taskbar button labels are on. The thumbnail by itself is not very useful, so labels are very important.
always_show_tooltip – 1 – This forces the tooltip even when the text fits the taskbar button
no_width_limit – 1 – Removes the Windows restriction on vertical taskbar minimum width
nocheck_minimize, nocheck_maximize and nocheck_close – Removes the restrictions on certain windows not being minimizable and maximizable. I recommend you set only nocheck_minimize and nocheck_close to 1. You will even be able to minimize dialogs such as the Run dialog (Win+R), by scrolling the wheel on their taskbar button once you set this, even if they don’t have a Minimize button.
scroll_maximize_restore – 1 – Also allows Maximize state when Minimize/restore when mouse is over option is enabled in the main options. This will allow you to Maximize and Restore down windows by scrolling the wheel over the app’s taskbar button.
scroll_no_wrap – 1 – Disables the wrapping around behavior when you use the mouse wheel to cycle through windows using the main options. Cycling will stop at the first and last taskbar button.
show_desktop_on_hover – 1 – Dragging a file over the empty space will show the desktop. Note that even without this setting, if you drag a file to the corner Show Desktop button, it will also show the desktop.
sndvol_classic – 1 – Reverts to the classic volume control indicator to change volume with the mouse scroll wheel
virtual_desktop_order_fix – 1 – Preserves the custom order of taskbar buttons when switching Virtual Desktops
Other 7+ Taskbar Tweaker advanced options
cycle_same_virtual_desktop – 0 – Fixes a Windows 10 bug related to Virtual Desktops before Anniversary Update (Version 1607)
disable_items_drag – 0 – Disables dragging of taskbar buttons
disable_taskbar_transparency – 1 – Disables transparent taskbar
disable_topmost – 0 – Disables always-on-top behavior of the taskbar. The taskbar is indispensable so I recommend you keep it always on top
disable_tray_icons_drag – 0 – Disables dragging of notification area icons
drag_towards_desktop – 0 – Determines what dragging a taskbar button towards the center of the screen does. By default, it shows the jump list. Available options are 1:Disabled, 2:Switch to, 3:Minimize, 4:Close, 5:New instance, 6:Show thumbnail preview, 7:Terminate process, 8:Minimize all group items, 9:Close all group items, 10:Maximize all group items, 11:Restore all group items, 12:Maximize, 13:Restore, 14:Alphabetically sort group items.
list_reverse_order – 0 – Reverses the list order when the list is enabled in place of thumbnail previews
multirow_equal_width – 1 – Forces taskbar buttons on multiple rows to have the same width
no_start_btn_spacing – 0 – When the Start button is hidden, controls spacing in pixels between the first taskbar button and the corner where the Start button was
right_drag_toggle_labels – 0 – When Drag within/between groups using right mouse button is checked, scrolling the mouse wheel while holding down the right click will toggle that button’s label
scroll_reverse_cycle – 0 – Reverses the scroll direction for the Cycle between taskbar buttons option
scroll_reverse_minimize – 0 – Reverses the scroll direction for the Minimize/restore when mouse is over option. This is useful when taskbar is at the top of the screen.
show_labels – 0 – Overrides the Windows setting to show or hide labels. You can set it to 1 for example to hide labels even when button combining is turned off
sndvol_step – 0 – Controls by how many steps the volume changes by scrolling the mouse wheel when the modern Windows volume control is used
tray_clock_fix_width – 0 – Fixes a bug in Windows 10 before Anniversary Update related to the tray clock width
w7_show_desktop_classic_corner – Fixes a Windows 7 classic theme bug related to the Show Desktop button. Does not affect Windows 8 or Windows 10
w7_tasklist_htclient – 1 – Fixes a limitation in Windows 7 taskbar related to left click notifications and customization. Does not affect Windows 8 or Windows 10
Mouse Button Control
This feature of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to execute various actions when you click various parts of the taskbar with the mouse buttons – either directly or in combination with a keyboard modifier key such as Ctrl or Shift.
The 4 targetable areas of the taskbar are app buttons, empty space, volume icon and the Show desktop button. The events can be assigned for single or double click for any of the buttons in a 5-button mouse.
I will explain how to set up Mouse Button Control with a few examples. For instance, here’s how I set it to terminate (force quit, not close) a process with Ctrl + right click.
First open 7+ Taskbar Tweaker’s Advanced Options. Then on the Mouse Button Control tab, right click in an empty area and choose New. In the value name, enter:
Note: There is a pipe character ( | ) between the two. Next, in the Data column, enter 8.
That’s it! You can try this on an Explorer window. Try Ctrl + right click and it will restart Explorer.exe!
Now, for the other targetable areas of the taskbar, such as emptyspace here’s how I set it up:
This makes Task Manager open with Shift + Left click on empty space.
For the full list of available mouse button values, targetable areas and possible actions, refer to the help file of 7+ TT.
Similar to Mouse Click events, you can set up your own keyboard shortcuts for the taskbar. To remap any key on the keyboard, you first need to refer to Microsoft’s list of virtual key codes.
The ones I set up are for switching between taskbar buttons directly using the keyboard but in a sequential order. Just like you set up Mouse Button Control values, you must go to Keyboard Shortcuts tab in Advanced Options and add the key codes and the modifier key names separated by a pipe character. For example,
0x25 and 0x27 are the scan codes for left and right arrow keys and the values 101 and 102 switch to the window button on the taskbar which is located on the left and right of the active window. So, Ctrl+Alt+Left will switch to the window on the left of the active window, Ctrl+Alt+Right will switch to the right.
Another example is opening Taskbar Inspector with the keyboard. For that I use Ctrl+Alt+Space key combination (Key code for Space bar is 0x20).
Refer to the documentation of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to see the full list of modifier keys, and value data for possible actions, then combine the modifier keys with the virtual key codes to set it up.
Exporting all the settings to a REG file
To save your time so you don’t have to set up 7+ Taskbar Tweaker all over again on any PC, you can open Registry Editor and export this Registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker
It stores all the basic and advanced options for the app.
That’s it for 7+ Taskbar Tweaker’s Advanced options. You already saw its basic options in another article. This is an extremely powerful program that boosts your productivity by enhancing the Windows user interface in ways never possible before. Despite Microsoft reducing the ease of use of the Taskbar in recent Windows releases, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker restores this usability.