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Windows 7: Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable

13 Nov 2008   #29
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Button Grouping in Windows 7

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22 Apr 2010   #30
swiftouch

W7 Ultimate
 
 

Nice tutorial.

However, I have a complaint. MS seems to think it's great to introduce basic functionality and leave it up to the dev community to actually make the functionality useful. They didn't actually think people would NOT want to combine similar buttons...like multiple browser windows? Typical microsoft.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Apr 2010   #31
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swiftouch View Post
Nice tutorial.

However, I have a complaint. MS seems to think it's great to introduce basic functionality and leave it up to the dev community to actually make the functionality useful. They didn't actually think people would NOT want to combine similar buttons...like multiple browser windows? Typical microsoft.
Hello Siwftouch, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This may help with that instead.

How to Enable or Disable Internet Explorer 8 Individual Tabbed Browsing Taskbar Preview Windows

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Jun 2010   #32
Mad Ad

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Hi there was a registry hack for XP called TaskbarGroupSize to change up the number of taskbar slots before the OS decided it was 'full' and started grouping.

Is this something we can still use in win 7? I use a large screen so grouping early can be tedious. I had XP set on 20 something. Ive googled some and i cant seem to find anyone thats tried it (just lots of turn it on or off articles and minwidth doesnt really do the same thing.

Thanks a lot
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jun 2010   #33
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mad Ad, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In Windows 7, you only turn taskbar icon grouping on or off instead. However you can change the Taskbar thumbnail previews and list Mode Threshold limit if you like though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Jun 2010   #34
Mad Ad

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thank you for the reply. Unfortunately due to instability running multiple instances of a favourite 3d windowed app I can not run aero themes (no complaints there, im not big on unnecessary fancyness).

Lets see if i can break this down a little. I am in 'combine when full' mode in Windows 7 and in XP there was a registry key that could be added to increase the number of slots on the taskbar.

Its an additive key so theres nothing there to begin but in XP somewhere there must be the default value somewhere. By adding a TaskbarGroupSize key and value it overrides that default and the number of open windows would then change the limit of what was 'full' and forced it to start combining. I increased mine to get more along the bottom, others reduced theirs to 1, effectively mimicking the newer combine methods (single tile lists).

I'm an avocate of minimising clicks wherever possible, over zealous combining or things like list modes add more work to my day by doubling the amount of clicks I have to make to fish something out of my hectic desktop rather than have an instantly clickable tile. These interferences and attempts to 'clean up' is an intrusion for the most part, change for the sake of change it seems, some may like it but its not efficient workflow for me.

So-after more reading the only thing I hear is its now not supported in Windows 7, but does that mean supported, or exists? Or is there a new key to control whats 'full' with a different name? Right now I can get 14 browser windows open before it combines, that 14 must be in there somewhere as a default, or if not, what is the default?


Thanks a lot.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jun 2010   #35
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Mad Ad,

I'm not sure if it's possible, but I'll look into it and post back if I find anything on it for you.
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21 Jul 2010   #36
Mad Ad

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

no news is bad news huh?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jul 2010   #37
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mad Ad,

Yeah, I'm afraid that I still have not found anything for this yet in Windows 7.
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06 Aug 2010   #38
shaolin

windows xp
 
 

hi, i wondering if there the posibility to group some program and other dont, for example

but this was for "combine when the taskbar is full".
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Aug 2010   #39
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Shaolin,

Sorry, but it's either that taskbar button grouping is enable or disabled for all.
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