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Would you like to keep your programs neat and orderly in your Windows 7 taskbar? Let’s look at an easy way to make your taskbar simpler and more aesthetic all at the same time.
The Windows 7 taskbar makes it easy to have quick access to your favorite programs. With pinned applications, jumplists, and more, it’s easier than ever to manage your applications from the taskbar without opening the Start menu. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to get your programs in a mess where it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you could sort your most-used programs into groups that made it easy to find the app you’re looking for? Here’s a quick trick that can help you regain control over your messy taskbar.
The Windows 7 taskbar lets you pin any application or shortcut to the taskbar, so we’re going to use that to make spacer shortcuts to dummy applications so we can separate our programs into groups. First you’ll need a folder to save your shortcuts and applications that you won’t delete. We created a new folder in our Downloads folder, but you can save it wherever you’ll easily remember not to delete it.
Now, in the folder, create a new text document or other file. You could create any new file here, other than a folder or shortcut.
Change the name of the file to something unique, and then change the file extension to .exe.
Windows will warn you not to change the file extension, but it’s fine for this use. Click Yes to apply the changes.
If you don’t see the file extension listed, you may have your extensions hidden by default. To make them visible, click Organize on the top of the Explorer window, and select Properties.
Select the View tab, and uncheck the box beside Hide extensions for known file types. Now click Ok to save the changes, and then change your file’s extension as before.
Now, we could just pin this fake application to the taskbar, but that wouldn’t do us much good since it’d have the default application icon and wouldn’t be much good for separating programs. Instead, we’re going to create a shortcut to this app with a transparent icon. So, right-click on your new application, and select Create Shortcut.
Now, we want to change the icon on the shortcut to a transparent icon so we’ll have clear gaps in our taskbar to separate programs. You’ll first need a transparent icon file; you can create your own, or download one we’ve created from the link below. Then, to change the shortcut’s icon, right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.
Select the Shortcut tab, and click Change Icon.
Browse to the folder where you saved the transparent icon, and select it as the new icon for this shortcut. Click Ok to save the changes.
Once you’re done, drag the new shortcut to your taskbar. You’ll notice a new transparent gap between your applications.
Now repeat the steps to make extra fake applications and transparent shortcuts. You can make as many as you need to group your programs.
Once you’ve got all your spacers made, drag them and your programs around to get them into neat groups. You could group your Office, Creative Suite, browsers, or other programs together so they’re easy to find.
Here’s our full taskbar, with several groups of our most-used applications. Now it’s always easy to grab the program you want with one click! Do note that you’ll be limited by the number of icons you can fit on your screen, so be creative and get your top icons down where you can easily grab them.
If you switch to small thumbnails in the Windows 7 taskbar, you’ll be able to fit even more applications.
Alternately, you could make your taskbar thicker to show more icons. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and un-check Lock Taskbar. Now drag the top of the taskbar up to make it taller. Now even users with dozens of favorite apps should find a place for them all.
You could even give your app groups names. Simply change the shortcut’s name before dragging it to the taskbar, and then place it with the appropriate program group. This might be helpful if you’re setting up a computer for someone that has trouble recognizing icons.
Do note of course that these shortcuts are actually links to a program that’s not a real program. If you accidently click on one, you’ll be informed that it’s not a valid program.
Windows will then ask if you want to remove the shortcut. Select No to leave it as before.
We’ve found this little trick to be a nice and convenient way to keep our applications in order. The Windows 7 taskbar already keeps up from using the start menu much, but with this level of organization it’s even easier to use. If you’d like to do a similar trick on OS X, check this article to see how to do it.
Recently, I realized that the
list under my Start Menu got too cluttered. I scanned the list and found that there were many programs that I never opened from that location. So, I simply removed such programs from the list. Then I thought that I should rearrange the programs in the list and bring those that I use regularly, towards the top. That would make it easier and quicker for me to find a required item.
However, when I tried doing that I discovered that Windows 7 did not support rearranging of items (refer to the image below). With little research I also learned that it is only a default setting and not something permanent. You need to disable the default alphabetical order arrangement of programs in order to rearrange them manually. We will see how to do that today.
But, before we begin let us also take a look at a section of the All Programs list contained in my Start Menu.
Steps to Disable All Programs Alphabetical Sorting
Once you disable the alphabetical ordering of All Programs list you would be able to arrange the items in it in any order. Here we go.
Step 1: Right-click on an empty space on the Windows Taskbar and go to Properties. That opens the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog.
Step 2: Ensure that you are on the Start Menu tab. Now, click on the Customize button that you see there.
Step 3: The Customize Start Menu dialog comes up. Scroll towards the end of the list to find the entry reading Sort All Programs menu by name. By default the entry should be checked. You need to unmark the same and click on Ok.
Step 4: Back on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, click on Apply and OK. That’s it, the menu is ready to be reorganized.
Now, click on the Start menu aka orb icon and open the All Programs list. Hold an item by the left mouse button, drag it to a desired position and leave it there. The item should stay where you leave it.
Note: Make sure you leave the item at the desired position only when you see a bold straight line appear. Refer to the image shown above.
If you want to keep the menu a little more organized you can create folders, sub folders and then group similar items together. To do that right-click on All Programs and select Open (for current user) and/or Open All Users (for all system users).
When the location is launched on Windows explorer you would see a Programs folder. Navigate one level deeper and start arranging items by deleting the ones you do not need, adding new shortcuts and moving items into a structure of folders and sub folders.
The Start Menu is a quick way to reach programs that you use frequently. So, it is important that you do not waste time in looking for the required ones. And, our guide helps you make actual sense out of it, right? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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The Start menu may be gone in Windows 8, but you don’t care—you’ve got a taskbar full of your most commonly used apps. Here are three tips to keeping your taskbar as organized and powerful as possible.
You probably already know most of the Taskbar’s best integrated features, as detailed in our power user’s guide to the Windows taskbar : keyboard shortcuts, jump lists , and maybe even a few registry tweaks that make it better . Here, we’ll run down three more advanced tricks and downloads that help you organize it for optimal usage.
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Add Separators to the Taskbar for Easier Scanning
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If you’ve ever wanted to group your apps into separate spaces on your taskbar, you actually can—with a little help from this workaround we’ve talked about before . All you need to do is create a shortcut to a fake EXE file, give it a transparent icon , and add it to your taskbar. You can separate your office apps from your games, or even your slow-loading apps from your fast-loading apps—that way, if you accidentally click on the wrong button, you don’t have to wait 60 seconds for the wrong app to load before you close it. Check out our original post for the full rundown on how this works.
Use Transparent Shortcuts to Separate and Organize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons
If you’d like to have empty space in between some of the icon sets on your Windows 7 taskbar to…
One reader, however, made this tip even better . If you put that transparent icon into an image editor—like the GIMP —you can add text to each separator to give them different categories. See the image to the right for an example.
I did mine like this, but with text separating the categories:
Use Bins to Create Stacks of Applications
If you find you have too many apps and need to save some space, the $5 Bins is the perfect tool to make that happen . With it, you can create a group of shortcuts that all reside on the same taskbar square and “expand” when you hover over it.
Bins Creates Stacks of Applications in Your Windows 7 Taskbar
Windows: From the creators of Fences comes Bins, which is basically the Windows 7 equivalent of the
Clicking on that square without hovering will open the first app in the bin. While the aforementioned separators are good for separating categories of apps, this feature makes Bins perfect for collecting the programs you only use occasionally, but want quick access to. For example, my “music” bin has MusicBee—my primary player—as the first item in the bin, so I can launch it just by clicking on the bin as a whole. But if I want to launch Spotify, Pianobar, or iTunes, I can open up the bin and click them from there, without having to dig through the Start menu or screen.
Bins can also create blank separators, if you want to separate your apps, but we’re still big fans of the text-based separators mentioned above.
Add Folders and Documents to the Taskbar
So you’ve got all your favorite apps beautifully organized in your taskbar, but what about the other stuff you need quick access to? You can add them to your taskbar through jump lists , but that isn’t ideal for everyone—they can easily feel buried under those menus. This trick will bring them out of those menus and into your main taskbar so they’re easier to access.
This is extremely easy to pull off : Just create a dummy file (like a text file) and rename it to something with a .EXE extension. Drag it to the taskbar to create a taskbar entry for it then hover over it, right-click on its name in the jump list to go to its Properties and change its path to whatever file or folder you want (and change its icon if you want). Now, when you click on that icon in the taskbar, it’ll bring up the file or folder you specified in its properties. Be sure to use this sparingly, or you’ll run out of space on your taskbar quickly! Note that Bins can do some of this too, so if you do buy it, check its settings for the option to pin files and folders to the taskbar.
Pin Individual Folders to the Windows 7 Taskbar
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These aren’t the only tricks you can use to organize your taskbar, but they’re some of our most tried and true. Of course, if you want some serious customization, you can always try a third-party dock app . We’d be remiss not to mention app launchers as a quicker way to access your apps and files , too, if you’re more of a keyboard maven. Don’t forget to customize the icons on your taskbar when you’re done to keep the whole thing looking snazzy.
Recently, I noticed that the All Programs list in my Start Menu was too cluttered. I scanned the list and found that there were many programs that I never opened from that location. So, I just removed such programs from the list. Then I thought I should rearrange the programs in the list and bring the ones I use regularly to the top. That would make it easier and faster for me to find a required item.
However, when I tried to do that, I discovered that Windows 7 didn’t support rearranging items (see image below). With little research I also learned that it is just a default setting and not something permanent. You must disable the default alphabetical ordering of programs to manually rearrange them. We will see how to do it today.
But before we begin, let’s take a look at a section of the All Programs list found in my Start menu.
Steps to disable all programs Alphabetical Sort
Once you disable alphabetical ordering in the All Programs list, you can arrange items in any order. Here we go.
Step 1:Right click on an empty space on the Windows taskbar and go to Properties. This opens the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
Step 2:Make sure you are on the Start Menu tab. Now, click on the Customize button you see there.
Step 3:The Customize Start Menu dialog box appears. Scroll to the bottom of the list to find the entry that says Sort all programs by name menu. By default, the input should be checked. You need to uncheck the same and click OK.
Stage 4:Back in the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, click Apply and OK. That’s it, the menu is ready to be rearranged.
Now, click on the orb icon from the Start menu and open the All Programs list. Hold an element with the left mouse button, drag it to the desired position and leave it there. The item should stay where you left it.
Note:Be sure to leave the element in the desired position only when you see a bold straight line appear. Please refer to the image shown above.
If you want to keep the menu a bit more organized, you can create folders, subfolders, and then group similar items together. To do this, right-click All Programs and select Open (for the current user) and/or Open All Users (for all system users).
When the location starts in Windows Explorer, you will see a Programs folder. Navigate one level deeper and start organizing items by removing the ones you don’t need, adding new shortcuts, and moving items into a structure of folders and subfolders.
The Start menu is a quick way to get to programs you use often. Therefore, it is important that you do not waste time searching for the required ones. And our guide helps you understand it, right? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
For quick and convenient access to your favorite programs or folders, pin them to the taskbar in Windows or the dock on Mac. Here’s how to set this up so you’re just one click away from what you use most.
Pinning a Program or Other Items in Windows
There are a couple of ways you can pin a program to the taskbar in Windows 7:
- Click on the program’s shortcut icon and hold down the mouse button as you drag it from the desktop or the Start menu to the taskbar, then release.
- Another option is to right-click on the program icon—again, on the desktop or from the Start menu—and select “Pin this program to taskbar” (if the program is already open) or “Pin to taskbar” otherwise.
Note: you can also drag a file to the taskbar. This will pin the file’s associated program (e.g., Microsoft Word or Firefox) to the taskbar if it isn’t already pinned there; you can then get to that file quickly by right-clicking on the program icon on the taskbar and finding the file under the pop-up menu (also known as the Jump List). Similarly, folders you drag to the taskbar will appear in the WIndows Explorer Jump List.
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You can drag the application icon to the Quick Launch bar on the taskbar:
- First enable the Quick Launch toolbar if it’s not already (by default it’s disabled). Right-click on the taskbar and go to Toolbars > Quick Launch. You’ll then see the Quick Launch toolbar with a double arrow to the right.
- If you’d like, you can create folders to organize your shortcuts in the Quick Launch toolbar by creating the folders in Windows Explorer under the C:\Documents and Settings\your name\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch folder (per OptimizingPC ).
- Drag your shortcuts to the Quick Launch bar to add them. You can rearrange their order by dragging the icons around.
Pinning a Program or Other Items on Mac OS X
Mac OS X also has a couple of ways to pin your most used items to the dock:
- Drag the program, file, or folder icon to the dock and wait for the icons in the dock to move to make room for the new icon. To remove it from the dock, just drag it off of the dock.
- Or you could pin an application that’s open by right-clicking its icon on the dock and selecting Options > Keep in Dock.
- If you find some folders, like the Applications folder, won’t stick to the dock, create an alias which you can add to the dock: right-click on the folder and selet Make Alias, then drag the alias to the dock.
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If the taskbar is becoming crowded and clunky, you can group similar taskbar icons or programs directly from the taskbar settings. Here’s how.
As I said many times, the taskbar is one of my favorite things in Windows 10. You can do a lot of things on the taskbar like pinning your most used applications, pin folders, pin the recycle bin to keep the desktop clean, etc. When you pin a lot of things and there are apps running actively, the taskbar becomes crowded very quickly. Put simple, the taskbar is hugely helpful in day to day life and it is far more an involved process to customize and manage taskbar icons. To makes things a bit tidier, you can group similar icons together on the taskbar. Once grouped, these icons will stack on one another to free up space.
In this quick guide, let me show the steps to quickly group icons on the taskbar in Windows 10.
Steps to Group Similar Icons on Taskbar
To group icons on the taskbar, you have to select the “Always, hide labels” option in the taskbar settings. Here are the exact steps you should follow to select that option.
- Press the “Windows Key + I” keyboard shortcut to open the Settings.
- Go to the “Personalize” page.
- Here, click on the “Taskbar” option on the left panel.
- Select “Always, hide labels” option from the “Combine taskbar buttons” dropdown menu.
- Settings are saved automatically.
- Close the Settings app.
As soon as you select the “Always, hide labels” option, Windows will group all the similar icons into stacks on the taskbar. For example, if you have two Chrome Windows opened, Windows will group those two icons into a stack. You can easily select the window you want from the taskbar thumbnail preview.
If you want to, you can also select the “When taskbar is full” option. This option will automatically group the icon when the taskbar is full and has no space for new icons.
That is all. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
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How to create your own toolbar for the Windows Taskbar
How to create your own toolbar for the Windows Taskbar
Learn how to devise a personalized taskbar toolbar with the folders, files, or apps of your choice.
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The Windows Taskbar offers several built-in toolbars. You can enable a toolbar to type a web address, a toolbar for website links, and a toolbar to display the shortcuts from your desktop. The advantage of such a toolbar is that you can quickly access specific files, pages, and other items right from your Windows Taskbar.
You can go beyond the built-in Windows Taskbar toolbars by creating your own toolbars. You can devise a new toolbar by adding an existing folder, such as Documents, Downloads, or Pictures. You can also create a new folder with select apps, files, shortcuts, and other items. Let’s go through the steps.
To see and activate one of the built-in toolbars, right-click the Windows Taskbar and move to the entry for Toolbars. The flyout menu displays the available toolbars you can enable. At a minimum, you should see toolbars for Address, Links, and Desktop. Depending on the brand of your computer, you may see additional toolbars added by the manufacturer (Figure A).
Select the toolbar for Address, and a field appears on the Toolbar in which you can type a web address or a File Explorer folder name to open that location. Select the toolbar for Links. Open your browser and drag a URL onto the Links button. You can also open File Explorer and drag a specific folder to the Links button. Now, click on the double arrow next to the Links button, and you can open any of the web pages or folders you dragged there. Select the toolbar for Desktop. Click on the double arrow next to the Desktop button to access any of the icons and shortcuts on your Desktop (Figure B).
The built-in toolbars are helpful and handy, but the real power comes from creating your own toolbar. To try this, right-click the Taskbar, move to Toolbars, and select New Toolbar (Figure C).
A File Manager window appears. You can browse to and select a specific folder that you want to add as a toolbar. You can choose one of the default folders, such as Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, or Videos. You can choose your own user profile folder. You can also choose a folder from the Quick Access section. Choose the folder you want and click the button to Select Folder (Figure D).
Click the double arrow next to the button for your folder to access the contents (Figure E).
You can create your own folder with files, apps, and other content of your choice. Open File Explorer and create a new folder–give it a name of your choosing. Then, drag or copy the items you want to place in this folder (remember to copy them as shortcuts). You may choose often-used Word documents and Excel spreadsheets, pictures and PDFs, and exe files to common applications (Figure F). After you’re done, you may want to rename the shortcuts with more user-friendly names.
Close File Explorer. Right-click the Taskbar, move to Toolbars, and select New Toolbar. Browse to the folder you just created. Click the Select Folder button. Click the double-arrow next to the button for your new toolbar. You should see all the files you added to the folder (Figure G).
Finally, to remove a toolbar you added, right-click the Taskbar, move to Toolbars, and uncheck the toolbar you want to remove (Figure H).
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To pin the program on Windows 7 task-bar or Windows 8, 8.1 please start the program what you want to pin (attach) on windows 7 (8, 8.1) Taskbar!
Here in example the file manager Q-Dir. When the program run in windows 7, click on the windows-7 Taskbar on the Taskbar program button (with right mouse click) and select the option “Pin this program to taskbar”. (. see Image-1 Arrow-1)
To unpin detach the program from Windows-7 taskbar use again the right click on the taskbar program button and select
“Unpin this program from taskbar”. (. see Image-2 Arrow-1) That is the pin solution for Windows-7!
Tip: You can also pin a program by dragging the program’s shortcut from the desktop or Start menu
See also: . activate Windows-7 Quick Launch!
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To pin a program to the taskbar
Do one of the following:
If the program is already running, right-click the program’s button on the taskbar (or drag the button toward the desktop) to open the program’s Jump List, and then click Pin this program to taskbar.
If the program isn’t running, click Start, find the program’s icon, right-click the icon, and then click Pin to Taskbar.
You can also pin a program by dragging the program’s shortcut from the desktop or Start menu to the taskbar. Additionally, if you drag the shortcut of a file, folder, or website to the taskbar, and the associated program isn’t already pinned there, then that program is pinned to the taskbar and the item is pinned to the program’s Jump List. Info notes:
To remove a pinned program from the taskbar, open the program’s Jump List, and then click Unpin this program from taskbar.
Folders and shortcuts to folders appear in the Windows Explorer Jump List when opened or pinned.
You can pin a program from the Start menu to the taskbar, but not from the taskbar to the Start menu.
While working on computers with our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care remote computer repair service recently, we’ve noticed on some computers, that open programs sometimes obscure the taskbar.
We would go through a complicated fix to keep program windows from covering the taskbar. But recently, we discovered a super-easy way of fixing this annoying problem. So, if you have this problem too, we’re going to show you how to fix it in less than 2 minutes.
First, we’ll show you what we mean by a program window that covers the taskbar…
As you can see, my taskbar is partially covered by an open Notepad window. If you ever encounter this on your PC, here’s the easy fix.
Right-click on the taskbar (the part you can see) and click “Taskbar settings”.
Scroll down until you see “Taskbar location on-screen”. Mine is set to “Bottom” because I like the taskbar at the bottom – I’m a Windows traditionalist. Click the down arrow at the right (see the screenshot below).
Choose a different taskbar location from its current location from the options on the left side.
Verify that that taskbar has change location and then change the setting back to your original setting. I switched mine to “Top” and once it moved to the top, I immediately switched it back to how I like it – at the “Bottom” of my screen.
After doing this, everything was back to normal and program windows no longer cover my taskbar.
See? The Notepad window no longer covers my taskbar, and all is well. Sometimes, the best fixes are the simplest fixes.
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I have two ways to get over this, 1… put your cursor on the top blue toolbar of the program and left click and move it until the program is not on the task bar then do your normal work with the program and go to file and exit to close it, and it will open in the last position it was closed. My second is to click on the middle (the square) icon on the top right hand side of the program and left click it to snap the program into full screen and when closing go to file and click on exit, it should open in full screen next time the program is opened.
Is the two-sided arrow for placing at one of the corners of the page no longer available in Version 1709? If the page were made smaller, it would lift itself up from the Taskbar and could then be re-positioned.
This is not what we’re talking about here. Window size should not affect anything. A full-sized Window should not cover the taskbar and doesn’t if things are working right. If your browser or notepad or any other program is full size, it still should not cover the taskbar. So resizing a program window does not fix the underlying problem. Yes you can use a less-than-full-size window and move it around the screen, but that was not what we were talking about here.
All I do is hit the windows key on the keyboard and and the task bar pops up just like a jack-in-the-box.
I have the same problem win work laptop and change taskbar location not work for me.
OS Version: 10.0.18363
My home laptop with same version is OK
I can confirm the simple solution works, however it would be interesting to know why the taskbar sometimes gets stuck in the first place.
Thank you so much, this was driving me nuts.
Now I want to know why this fix works.
switching back and forth did the fix for me THANK YOU
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- Create shaded areas to organize your desktop
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- Define rules to organize your desktop icons
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- Designed to match Windows 10 and Windows 11 themes
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Organize your PC by automatically placing your shortcuts and icons into resizable shaded areas on your desktop called fences that are designed to match Windows 10 and 11. Fences has many customization features that make it the world’s most popular desktop enhancement.
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In our previous article, we have presented the best free antivirus softwares for Windows 7 which was appreciated by our readers. Few days before, I got a mail from one of my regular reader who told me to write a article on best free softwares for windows 7 which are essential when you purchase your new Windows 7 copy.
So, in this article, I am gathering best free programs for Windows 7 that I have tested personally and would not hesitate in recommending them to the users.
These softwares are result of developers – they work hard to create such amazing free softwares that works well and do the job pretty efficiently. These all free Windows 7 softwares stands out in terms of quality and will fulfill pretty much of all your computing needs.
I believe these options are must have softwares for Windows 7 to complete all your day-to-day computing needs and you should download right away after installing your Windows 7. Alternatively, you can check our super-cool collection of Top 10 free softwares offered by Microsoft company itself.
And for now, have a look on SaveDelete’s compilation of 15 must have free software programs for your Windows 7.
1) GIMP : You already have spend bucks to purchase WIndows 7 and why again want to spend large amount of money on Photoshop. GIMP comes in rescue, it a versatile graphics manipulation package. It is a gem for professionals who can’t afford Photoshop Suite.
2) Microsoft Security Essentials : Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple. For more details and how to download MSE, you can check our article totally dedicated on MSE. Alternatively, you check our latest collection of best free antivirus softwares for Windows 7.
3) RocketDock : RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.
4) 7 – Zip : 7 – Zip archive utility is available as open source and is free to use. 7Z is fast, efficient and free.
5) VLC Media Player : The media player that fills all your needs. It can handle DVDs, (S)VCDs, Audio CDs, web streams, TV cards and much more. You don’t need to keep track of a dozen codec packs you need to have installed. VLC has all codecs built-in. It comes with support for nearly all codec there is.
6) Mozilla Firefox : Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. Latest Firefox features include tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, a download manager,private browsing, etc. And Firefox add-ons will add mostly any functionality you’ll need. Alternative – Google Chrome
7) CCleaner : CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
8 ) CDBurnerXP : CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. Though it includes XP in name but works like a charm in Windows 7. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.
9) Fences : Fences is originally “Desktop Icon Organizer”. It ss a program that helps you organize your desktop and can hide your icons when they are not in use.Clean and organize your desktop by creating shaded areas which become movable and sizable containers for your icons. Double click blank spaces on your desktop and all your fences will fade out, and back.
10) Digsby : Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client. e-mail notification tool, social networking tool that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. If you want a multi-client IM which is light on resources, you can try another great option which is absolutely free – Pidgin.
11) Mozilla Thunderbird : Thunderbird is e-mail client that is flexible to suit your personality, to give you the features you need, and to fit your work style. Change how Thunderbird looks or add as many features as you want.
12) NotePad ++ : Windows 7 makes no improvement to the default Notepad application. Notepad++ is a free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages.
13) OpenOffice : OpenOffice, a popular open-source suite, is a great alternative to expensive Microsoft Office suite.
14) Windows Live Essentials : Windows Live Essentials includes free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, e‑mail, blogging, family safety, and more. Get them all in one download and get more done with Windows.
15) Winamp : The free customizable Winamp media player that plays mp3 + other audio files, syncs your iPod, subscribes to Podcasts and more. Alternative – Foobar
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7+ Taskbar Tweaker
7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar.
Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
The tweaker is designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
7tt_setup.exe (1.77 MB, changelog)
Latest version: v5.13
Note: The installer can be used to extract a portable version. Refer to the FAQ below for details.
Windows 10 Version 2004 (Released May 27) Support Status
- Latest release version, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v5.8, October 21:
Latest supported version is Windows 10 version 1909.
Windows 10 version 2004 is not supported.
A new version compatible with Windows 10 version 2004 is being worked on.
- Latest beta version, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v18.104.22.168, June 24:
Windows 10 version 2004 is supported. It will soon be released as a new non-beta version if no new issues will be found.
An access code is needed to activate the experimental support. See this blog post for more details. Click here to get an access code.
Windows 11 Support Status
- 7+ Taskbar Tweaker doesn’t support the Windows 11 taskbar, and probably never will. See this blog post for more details.
- Some of the tweaks are available in Windows 11 as Windhawk mods. See here for the list of mods, and vote for missing mods that you’d like to see implemented. Read more about Windhawk here.
- 7+ Taskbar Tweaker works on Windows 11 with the old taskbar which can be restored with third party tools. See this blog post for more details.
Here is a video that demonstrates some of the tweaks:
Q: Which registry keys does 7+ Taskbar Tweaker modify? I don’t need extra processes in my system.
A: The only registry keys the tweaker modifies are its own settings. There are no registry keys for the options it provides. The tweaker does that by injecting a DLL to explorer, hooking/subclassing/some other methods of the dark side.
As for extra processes, the tweaker is a native program, and is very lightweight. It shouldn’t slow down your system, and uses an extremely small amount of memory. Also, you can hide the tray icon if you want.
In case you want to remove the tweaker’s settings from the registry, look for them here:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\7 Taskbar Tweaker
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (“7 Taskbar Tweaker” value)
P.S. if you’re a programmer, you might want to take a look at the 7+ Taskbar Tweaking Library.
Q: My antivirus complains about 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
A: It’s a false positive. I guarantee that the tweaker binaries (and any other files on this site, unless specifically noted) are 100% clean.
Also remember that the tweaker injects into explorer and modifies its memory, which is indeed suspicious.
Q: Can I Group/Combine/Label only some of the items on the taskbar?
A: Yes, use Taskbar Inspector.
Q: May I use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker in a commercial environment?
A: Yes, feel free to use it wherever you want.
Q: Where is the portable version?
A: When installing the tweaker, choose the Portable type of install, as shown on the image below.
The portable version will be extracted to the selected folder.
Note: If the tweaker is already installed on your computer, the option won’t be visible. You can launch the setup with the /portable command line switch to force a portable installation.
Q: I want to report a bug/suggest a feature! What is the best way to do it?
A: Post it on the UserEcho page.
Q: I want to translate 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to my language.
A: The archive below contains the files needed to be translated.
Please read readme.txt before proceeding.
If you are brave enough to translate the help file, contact me for the required software and files.
How can I see the hidden files in Windows 7?
Windows 7. Select the Start button, then select Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization. Select Folder Options, then select the View tab. Under Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then select OK.
How do I view a hidden folder?
View hidden files and folders in Windows 10
- Open File Explorer from the taskbar.
- Select View > Options > Change folder and search options.
- Select the View tab and, in Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and OK.
How do I unhide a folder?
How do I unhide files or folders?
- Go to Resources. …
- Method 1: Select the file(s) or folder(s), then click Show. …
- Click Show again to confirm.
- Items are now visible. …
- Method 2: Click Actions, then Edit Details. …
- Select Show this item, then click Update. …
- Item is now visible.
How do I find hidden programs on my computer?
#1: Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” and then choose “Task Manager”. Alternatively you can press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to directly open task manager. #2: To see a list of processes that are running on your computer, click “processes”. Scroll down to view the list of hidden and visible programs.
How do you make a hidden folder on Windows 7?
1. Hide Folders
- Open File Explorer (any folder) and go to Tools > Folder options…
- Within Folder Options switch to the View tab.
- Under Files and Folders find the option Hidden files and folders and select Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.
- Click OK and, with the next few steps, proceed to hiding a folder.
How do I open hidden files?
Open the File Manager. Next, tap Menu > Settings. Scroll to the Advanced section, and toggle the Show hidden files option to ON: You should now be able to easily access any files that you’d previously set as hidden on your device.
How do I show hidden files in Windows 7 Ultimate?
Show Hidden Files on Windows 7
Click the “Organize” button on Windows Explorer’s toolbar and select “Folder and search options” to open it. Click the “View” tab at the top of the Folder Options window. Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” under Hidden files and folders. Click “OK” to save the new setting.
How do I recover hidden files?
Method 1: Recover Hidden Files Android – Use Default File Manager:
- Open the File Manager app by tapping on its icon;
- Tap on the “Menu” option and locate the “Setting” button;
- Tap on “Settings.”
- Find the option “Show Hidden Files” and toggle the option;
- You will be able to view all of your hidden files again!
Why is AppData hidden?
Typically, you won’t have to worry about the data inside the AppData folder – that is why it is hidden by default. It is only used by application developers to store the necessary data required by the application.
Why are files hidden?
A hidden file is a file which has the hidden attribute turned on so that it is not visible to users when exploring or listing files. Hidden files are used for storage of user preferences or for preservation of the state of utilities. … Hidden files are helpful in preventing accidental deletion of important data.
How do I remove hidden files in Windows 10?
Select the View tab. Click the drop down for Options and select “Change folder and search options” Select the View tab. From the Advanced settings menu, mark the “Show hidden files, folders, or drives” and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”
How do I find hidden files on my flash drive?
Solution 1. Show Hidden Files on USB Using Windows File Option
- In Windows 10/8/7, press Windows + E to bring up the Windows Explorer.
- In the Folder Options or File Explorer Options window, click the View tab. Under Hidden files and folders, click the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.
- Click Apply, then OK.
How can I hide a folder on my laptop?
To hide a file or folder on Windows, open a Windows Explorer or File Explorer window and locate the file or folder you want to hide. Right-click it and select Properties. Enable the Hidden checkbox on the General pane of the Properties window. Click OK or Apply and your file or folder will be hidden.