Open apps faster with 7 Taskbar Numberer and built-in Windows shortcuts [Windows]

Are you a fan of keyboard shortcuts? They’re a great tool for speeding up your workflow, but sometimes they can be a bit difficult to use. Windows 7 actually has some built-in shortcuts that open pinned apps, but since they’re not numbered, it can be difficult to remember what buttons to push. 7 Taskbar Numberer numbers them for you so you don’t have to resort to sticky notes.

7 Taskbar Numberer is simple enough to use. After downloading, you’ll need to extract it and select the proper version. They’re individually packaged for 32- and 64-bit computers. Just select and start the proper one. Now look down at your taskbar: they’re numbered! Your system tray is also numbered. To start a numbered program, just use the keyboard shortcut Win+[Number].

There are a couple of things to note when using 7 Taskbar Numberer. Firstly, it’s only for convenience’s sake. It’s simply numbering the apps, nothing more. Windows has the shortcuts built-in. Secondly, it does not yet work on Windows 8. Lastly, it’s designed for providing hints to voice command users, meaning it numbers above the ninth app and numbers the system tray. While the keyboard shortcuts max out at Win+9, voice command software lets you open the 10th app, the 11th app, and however many apps you want. Voice command software also lets you open the system tray icons by number, something there is no keyboard shortcut for.

Overall, 7 Taskbar Numberer is a useful tool for memorizing app positions. It’s really not necessary after you’ve memorized your app positions, and since it has some superfluous numberings, you really shouldn’t rely on it for too long. For learning the numbers, though, it’s handy, and since it doesn’t require installation, it can wipe right off when you’re done.

Price: Free!

Version discovered: v3.0

Supported OS: Windows 7

Download size: 55KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 7/42

Portability: No installation required!

7 Taskbar Numberer homepage

[via Windows.Appstorm]

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  • k1tt3h

    I have found in my searches for a keyboard shortcut to open my 11th pinned program on the taskbar, that Win + 0 does in fact work. It is only mentioned in this article as being Win +1-9.

    I am forced to grab the rat and click the 11th or make a completely different keyboard shortcut for it.

    Oh well, no one will ever need to have more than 10 programs pinned to their taskbar, right?

  • Ashraf

    @Locutus: Although 7/42 may scare some, my typical rule of thumb is unless there are half or so detecting malware, the detections are probably false positives. Unless we are dealing with a zero-day threat, of course.
    @Peter: Looks very useful — thanks!

  • Peter

    OT: Windows’ built in possibility to edit system variables like PATH, TEMP, CLASSPATH etc. is somewhere between annoyance and PITA. I found Rapid Environment Editor by chance.

  • Peter

    @Locutus: So I guess 64-bit malware using injection would have good times :( Repacking the subfolder named “64” into a zip archive and sending to Virustotal gives 1/33.

  • For anyone that’s wondering why it has such a high VirusTotal scan result, I have a guess as to why. The app injects data into Windows Explorer in order to display the numbers, and since data injection is generally reserved for system extensions and malware, some antivirus programs pick it up.

    As far as I know, 7 Taskbar Numberer is perfectly safe.