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Customize the Windows 7 Taskbar with 7 Taskbar Tweaker

The new Taskbar in Windows 7 has a lot of cool features, but might not be everything you want it to be. Today we take a look at a free utility that allows you to tweak the Windows 7 Taskbar and change its default behavior.

7 Taskbar Tweaker

This small lightweight utility doesn’t require installation and does exactly what its name says. After launching the app you can go through and apply the various tweaks it has to offer.

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Set Right-click to Standard window menu and instead of getting a Jumplist when right-clicking an icon, you’ll have the standard menu.

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Change Dropping to Open With …which allows you to drag a file to an application and open it instead of getting the default Pin to option.

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You can also Disable Thumbnail Preview when hovering over an application icon on the Taskbar.

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Click on Settings to change the behavior of 7 Taskbar Tweaker to run at startup, hide main window. or hid tray icon.

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Other Tweaks

  • Disable grouping by application id
  • Set middle-click of the mouse to close a window or focus instead of opening a new instance
  • Set left-click of the mouse to cycle through windows instead of opening a thumbnail preview

If you’re looking for a way to tweak the default Taskbar behavior in Windows 7, you might want to give this free utility a try. It’s available for 32 & 64 bit versions of Windows 7.

Download 7 Taskbar Tweaker

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  • Published 02/9/10

Comments (12)

  1. Ayush

    I dont understand why someone would want to do this. If you dont want exactly the same functionality you had with Win XP, why upgrade?

  2. JHubbard92

    Good find! Love stuff like this, so thankyou :-)

  3. Adam

    @Ayush: I for one would like to change “Pin to” to “Open with”… that wasn’t available in XP.

  4. calebstein

    @Adam: I agree with you fully.

    @Mysticgeek: will the tweaks only work if the program is running, or does it make registry changes when you apply the tweaks?

  5. Mysticgeek

    @calebstein:

    Only while it’s running. There are no permanent changes which is nice if you want to run it from a flash drive at home and work.

  6. JustInspired

    What would be really useful would be the option to have text labels for folders and none for programs.
    I love having no text labels on stuff that has an easily recognizable icon but when you have several folders open it starts being unproductive trying to find the one you want. Time to start assigning icons to all my folders?

  7. daddydave

    I have been using this ever since Lifehacker featured it not long ago.

    The option to “set left-click of the mouse to cycle through windows instead of opening a thumbnail preview” is extremely useful. This finally solves the problem of how to get to the most recent instance of a window that is in a grouping in a single click. The problem has been around ever since Windows started grouping windows (when was that, Windows 98?). 90% of the time, the most recent instance is the one I want, otherwise I just click it again until I get it. Faster than squinting over previews.

    I like the Right-Click > Standard window menu option too. You can still get to the jump list by pulling up.

  8. MissMollyO

    Are you no longer going to have tips for Windows Vista or XP? I do not have Windows 7 so have no need of the newsletter if that is all you are going to be doing tips for. Please let me know?

  9. tweaker

    Im looking for it because simply want to change the preview style from little windows to textbars. not completly disable the thumbnails. win7 does this automaticly after more than 8 instances are opend in one taskbar group.
    as far as i figured out this is only possible by switching off aero. but maybe theres an option menu for my problem which i overlooked.
    i think your right, completly disabling the preview is senseless.

  10. Vorthas

    This is such a good program to have. My only problem is that for some reason having Standard Window Menu on right click is not working for me. It works if I right-click on the top of the open window, but it doesn’t work on the tab in the task bar itself. I have tried reinstalling the program, but that doesn’t seem to help.

    Other than that, it’s great to have when you can’t get seem to get used to the Windows 7 task bar.

  11. Will

    McAfee detected a security risk in the site

  12. Hank8bank

    @Will
    same here, i’m guessing that it’s not too dangerous, though.

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