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Windows 7: How many of you combine taskbar buttons on Windows 7?

View Poll Results: How is your taskbar buttons set on Windows 7?
Always combine 19 50.00%
Never combine (or Combine when taskbar is full) 18 47.37%
I don't use Windows 7 1 2.63%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

29 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
How many of you combine taskbar buttons on Windows 7?

For some reasons, I feel it's much easier to see the names of the windows that are open on the taskbar rather than small icons that are tabbed. I think it's much faster and convenient. So why do most people always combine taskbar on Windows 7?
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29 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It really depends on how you use Windows 7 for which option may work best for you.

Like me, I usually have so many things opened at once, it's not even funny. For example, 10 tabs in IE9, a few virtual machines, and a few other programs. There just wouldn't be enough room on the taskbar for all of them without them being grouped. "Always combined" is just more convenient for me.
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29 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Agree with Brink, I only *un group on a netbook with Windows Classic
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30 Dec 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Always combine. Only way to get my taskbar separated like my theme is designed for.





A Guy
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30 Dec 2011   #5

7HP
 
 

I only combine when full.

Have also enabled QuickLaunch, gotten rid of the pinned icons and set the taskbar to use small icons as I like the lower-profile look of the older taskbars.

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30 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have been a combiner although since upgrading to multiple monitors and making my taskbar span multiple 24" monitors I find that I have way more real-estate than I am currently using, so not so much crowding any more.

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30 Dec 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It really depends on how you use Windows 7 for which option may work best for you.

Like me, I usually have so many things opened at once, it's not even funny. For example, 10 tabs in IE9, a few virtual machines, and a few other programs. There just wouldn't be enough room on the taskbar for all of them without them being grouped. "Always combined" is just more convenient for me.
I have a vertical taskbar on the left, set to combine only when taskbar is full with small icons.

It works for me, showing for instance only one IE regardless how many tabs I have open. To see and select a tab, I just need to hover the pointer on top of IE:

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I like it this way. It is very clear and easy to use.

Kari


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30 Dec 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I prefer a clean desktop so I use shortcuts pinned to the Start menu, but the programs I use the most are pinned to the Taskbar as well.
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30 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Always combine for me with icons central in the taskbar. IMO looks cleaner.

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Danny


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30 Dec 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

I hadn't even given it much thought, I don't have many open at once programs anyway so there isn't a lot on my taskbar. I have a few pinned, the ones I want to get at quick but apart from that I don't take much notice, I think they would probably combine if the taskbar got full though, I can't see that happening much though.
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