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    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10


    How to: Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10

    How to Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10


    Windows includes a special application desktop toolbar called the taskbar that shows on the bottom of a display screen by default. The taskbar allows you to find, see, open, and switch between your apps. You can also see the change location on screen, and specify how taskbar buttons group together when you have more than one window open.

    If you have multiple displays, then you will be able to set button grouping separately for the main taskbar and other taskbars.

    Taskbar Button Grouping Options:
    • Always combine, hide labels - This is the default setting. Each app appears as a single, unlabeled button (icon), even when multiple windows for an app are open.
    • Combine when taskbar is full - This setting shows each open window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, apps with multiple open windows collapse into a single app button. Clicking the button displays a list of the windows that are open.
    • Never combine - This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button, and never combines them, no matter how many windows are open. As more apps and windows open, buttons get smaller, and eventually the buttons will scroll.
    This tutorial will show you how to set taskbar buttons to always combine, combine when full, or never combine for your account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Change Buttons on Main Taskbar in Settings
    • Option Two: Change Buttons on Other Taskbars in Settings
    • Option Three: Change Buttons on Main Taskbar using a BAT file
    • Option Four: Change Buttons on Other Taskbars using a BAT file

    EXAMPLE: Taskbar Buttons set to always and never combine

    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 [​IMG]







    OPTION ONE [/i] Change Buttons on Main Taskbar in Settings
    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and select the Combine taskbar buttons setting you want under the Taskbar section on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.


    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION TWO [/i] Change Buttons on Other Taskbars in Settings
    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Personalization icon.

    2. Click/tap on Taskbar on the left side, and turn on Show taskbar on all displays under the Multiple displays section if not already. (see screenshot below)

    3. Select the Combine buttons on other taskbars setting you want. (see screenshot below)

    4. You can now close Settings if you like.


    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 [​IMG]






    OPTION THREE [/i] Change Buttons on Main Taskbar using a BAT file

    *note The .bat files below will change the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    TaskbarGlomLevel DWORD

    0 = Always combine, hide labels
    1 = Combine when taskbar is full
    2 = Never combine

    1. Do step 2 (always), step 3 (full), or step 4 (never) below for what you would like to do.


    2. Set Buttons on Main Taskbar to Always Combine, Hide Labels
    *note This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Main_Taskbar_Always_combine_hide_labels.bat

    Download

    3. Set Buttons on Main Taskbar to Combine when Taskbar is Full
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Main_Taskbar_Combine_when_taskbar_is_full.bat

    Download

    4. Set Buttons on Main Taskbar to Never Combine
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Main_Taskbar_Never_combine.bat

    Download

    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the .bat file.

    7. Run the .bat file.

    8. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.





    OPTION FOUR [/i] Change Buttons on Other Taskbars using a BAT file

    *note The .bat files below are for the registry key and values below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    MMTaskbarEnabled DWORD

    1 = Show taskbar on multiple displays

    MMTaskbarGlomLevel DWORD

    0 = Always combine, hide labels
    1 = Combine when taskbar is full
    2 = Never combine

    1. Do step 2 (always), step 3 (full), or step 4 (never) below for what you would like to do.


    2. Set Buttons on Other Taskbars to Always Combine, Hide Labels
    *note This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Other_Taskbars_Always_combine_hide_labels.bat

    Download

    3. Set Buttons on Other Taskbars to Combine when Taskbar is Full
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Other_Taskbars_Combine_when_taskbar_is_full.bat

    Download

    4. Set Buttons on Other Taskbars to Never Combine
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Other_Taskbars_Never_combine.bat

    Download

    5. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    6. Unblock the .bat file.

    7. Run the .bat file.

    8. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

    9. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Brink, Dec 8, 2016
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  2. Paolo Mag Win User

    Problem with a combine taskbar icons.

    Hello,

    In Windows 10, you can personalize the settings of your taskbar. If there are multiple applications opened, same applications will be combined under one taskbar button. If you want to change this setting, we suggest that you follow the steps listed below:

    • Press the Start button.
    • Click on the Settings app.
    • Select Personalization.
    • At the left side of your window, click on Taskbar.
    • Under Combine taskbar buttons, choose Never.

    Kindly update us with the results and if you have further queries, feel free to post back.
     
    Paolo Mag, Oct 26, 2019
    #2
  3. Problem with a combine taskbar icons.

    Thanks for answering.

    What you suggested is not the problem I asked for a solution.

    For more understandable I've attached a figures below.

    I'd like to have it in the right figure(showing the window of program not just a title)

    Im sorry for my bad English, thanks in advance Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 :) Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 :)


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    Dark Illusionist, Oct 26, 2019
    #3
  4. Hero1318 Win User

    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10

    Taskbar buttons combining

    Win 10 Pro, v1903.

    Related issues have been discussed before but I didn't find a solution to my specific issue:

    Combine taskbar buttons is set to never on the Personalization screen.

    • Each time I open a new app, a new button appears on the taskbar - Fine!
    • Each time I open a new folder, a new button appears on the taskbar - Fine!
    • Each time I open a new file (with any app) in that open folder, a new button appears on the taskbar - Fine!
    • BUT, if I open a sub-folder in an open folder, the sub-folder button
      REPLACES the button for the parent folder on taskbar- BAD!

    How do I make a new button appear for each sub-folder opened without
    replacing the parent's button?

    Thanks for the help...
     
    Hero1318, Oct 26, 2019
    #4
  5. Stop Taskbar Buttons from Combining!

    I noticed that on my Windows 10 laptop, my taskbar buttons combine even though I have the setting for "never combine."

    I changed the settings to "always combine" and then back to "never combine" and it still didn't work. I also did the same for "combine when taskbar is full" and it didn't work.

    Does anyone know about this quirk and ho to fix it????

    Thank you!
     
    A Semi Luddite, Oct 26, 2019
    #5
  6. coukou Win User
    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10


    Hi,
    Is it possible to Hide taskbar labels and Never Combine Taskbar Buttons all together (as the bellow image)?
    Regards


    Always, Sometimes, or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10 [​IMG]
     
    coukou, Oct 26, 2019
    #6
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