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Windows 7: Taskbar icons are not combined

16 May 2012   #1
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 
Taskbar icons are not combined

I hope this is a dumb question; I have searched (and searched) and can't find my issue anywhere.

Playing with MacOS recently I like its LaunchPad, with the "LED" illumination showing that a Launchpad program is active. I've since noticed on my W7 PCs that Windows Taskbar shows two instances of a program icon, one in the icon's original position on the left side of the taskbar (un-highlighted), and another "glassy" (highlighted) one to the far right of the icon set showing the active instance of the program.

I have selected the "Always Combine" option in taskbar Properties, shouldn't there only ever be a single appearance of a program's icon in the taskbar?

EDIT: It seems that not every program does this, i.e. the two programs we use the most, Thunderbird and Firefox, create a new instance on the rightmost side of the taskbar, even if they ARE ALREADY on the rightmost side of the taskbar. Other progs e.g. Picasa behave as expected--launch the program somewhere in the middle of the taskbar icons, and that program icon is highlighted in-place.


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16 May 2012   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Try this, with the ones that are open on the right side right click on them and pin them to the taskbar. Then unpin them from the left side, then you should be able to move the ones from the right side to the left and it should work for you.
Jerry
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17 May 2012   #3
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Bongo Jerry you posted with such confidence that I just had to try it.



I'm not sure how you came-by this idea (I usually am able to fiddle-around with stuff to get it to work) but I'd not thought of it. It worked! I did notice on another W7 PC I have that Firefox was behaving as expected on that one, just not the primary one. But your idea worked right off and I hafta assume there was something about how I pinned these two that caused the problem.

In any case I thank you sir and will now add to your rep!!! Thanks!!!
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17 May 2012   #4
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

You are most welcome, at one time that was a pretty common thing with Firefox just the last update or two I haven't had to do that.
Jerry
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