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    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows


    How to: Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows

    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 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.
    If you like, you can prevent the grouping of taskbar buttons in Windows.

    If disabled, taskbar buttons will be set to always never combine, and the Combine taskbar buttons and Combine button on other taskbars settings will be grayed out.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable grouping of taskbar buttons for specific or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    *Warning You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable taskbar grouping.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons for All Users using a REG file
    EXAMPLE: Grouping of Taskbar Buttons enabled and disabled

    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]


    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]


    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]

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    OPTION ONE [/i] Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Local Group Policy Editor

    *note In Windows 7, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 8, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    In Windows 10, the Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two.
    1. Open the all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

    2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]

    3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Prevent grouping of taskbar items policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    5. To Enable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons
    A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    *note Not Configured is the default setting.

    6. To Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons
    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)


    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]

    7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





    OPTION TWO [/i] Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons for All Users using a REG file

    *note The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry keys below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

    NoTaskGrouping DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable

    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Enable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons for All Users
    *note This is the default setting.
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_grouping_of_taskbar_buttons.reg

    Download

    3. To Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons for All Users
    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_grouping_of_taskbar_buttons.reg

    Download
    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can either restart the computer to apply.

    8. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    That's it,
    Shawn


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  4. dalchina Win User

    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows

    Windows 10: Multiple instances of an application & taskbar buttons

    Hi, simple way seems to be 7+ taskbar tweaker (free) (bottom right option)

    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]

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    E.g. I launched 2x Wordpad, not combining buttons. As you say they moved together.
    Use that option, I could move just one button.

    I expect there's a group policy setting, registry setting or mention of this in a tutorial here.

    Note Wordpad buttons separated:

    Enable or Disable Grouping of Taskbar Buttons in Windows [​IMG]


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    Hi all,

    Recently tried out Windows 7 and decided to run it on my other HDD insted of VMware.

    I'm trying to disable the taskbar live preview, and I've tried everything I can find:

    > Creating a DWORD reg file named "DisablePreviewWindow" value 1 - Didn't work.

    > Creating a DWORD reg file named "TaskbarNoPreview" value 1 - Didn't work.

    > Local group policy editer "Turn off taskbar thumbnails" and check enable - Didn't work and noticed that it says "Supported on: Windows Vista Only"...

    Can anyone tell me if they know how to turn this off it's really really annoying, and more annoying that everything I've tried dosn't work...

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