Windows 7 Taskbar Tweaker – Modify Taskbar Behavior

Here’s a cool application that allows you to custom tailor the Windows 7 Taskbar to fit your needs …

7 Taskbar Tweaker was one of the first applications that came out to tweak Windows 7′s new taskbar. I reviewed the application back in November 2009. The developer has continuously improved the software since that first release which becomes immediately clear if you compare the screenshot of the first release with the new version that has just been released.

The portable applications offers several options to modify the behavior of the Windows 7 taskbar. It works both on 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Microsoft operating system and displays the following configuration screen on startup.

7 taskbar tweaker

Four options are available to change or add mouse-click behavior. It is for instance possible to modify right-click and middle-click functionality or add middle and double-click actions on empty space on the taskbar. The latter offer the options to show the desktop, emulate Ctrl-Alt-Tab, open the task manager or the taskbar inspector.

Taskbar Inspector? The tool is part of 7 Taskbar Tweaker. It offers several taskbar related options, for instance to reorder items within a tab group, group or ungroup items or run close or minimize commands on multiple windows at once.

taskbar inspector

Back to the main app. 7 Taskbar Tweaker has five additional configuration options:

  • Grouping: Change from group by application ID to don’t group or don’t group pinned items.
  • Combining: Option to force combining grouped items and to decombine on mouse hover.
  • Mouse hover: Option to disable taskbar thumbnail previews
  • Dropping: change from pin to taskbar to open with.
  • Misc: Make pinned items smaller.

The option to change drag and drop from pinning items to the taskbar to opening them with pinned items is interesting.

7 Taskbar Tweaker is available as a 32-bit and 64-bit download at the developer website. It is only compatible with Windows 7 (and probably Windows Server 2008 R2 as well).


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