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Windows 7: Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable



Taskbar Button Grouping - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Button Grouping in Windows 7
Published by Brink
13 Nov 2008
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How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Button Grouping in Windows 7

information   Information
A taskbar button represents an open window on the desktop. These buttons appear on the taskbar as a horizontal bar or icon button.

This tutorial will show you how to have similar open window buttons to group to one button or separate buttons in Windows 7.

Note   Note
When you have more than one similar window open, say Notepad windows, you could set the taskbar to group the same Notepad taskbar buttons to just one button instead of multiple buttons. This can help organize the taskbar and save space when you have multiple windows open.

Tip   Tip
Microsoft has made available a hotfix that will resolve a problem where the taskbar customizations are lost and reset to defaults when automatic logon is enabled in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

More details are available at FIX: The Taskbar is reset to the default settings when you use the "Automatically Log On" feature in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2.


EXAMPLE: Taskbar Buttons Grouped



EXAMPLE: Taskbar Buttons Not Grouped




OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable Taskbar Button Grouping in Taskbar and Start Menu Properties
1. Right click on an empty area of the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties. (See screenshot below)

2. Click on the drop down arrow menu to the right of Taskbar buttons, and do step 3, 4, or 5 below for what you would like to do. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If this option is grayed out, then see this tutorial to "Allow" it: Taskbar Button Grouping - Allow or Prevent
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3. To Always Group Taskbar Buttons
NOTE: Taskbar buttons for the same opened program or window will always be grouped to one icon button.
A) Click/tap on Always combine, hide labels to select it, and go to step 6 below. (See screenshot below step 3)
4. To Only Group Taskbar Buttons when the Taskbar is Full
NOTE: Taskbar bar buttons for the same opened program or window will be grouped to one icon button when the taskbar runs out space for the buttons.
A) Click/tap on Combine when taskbar is full to select it, and go to step 6 below. (See screenshot below step 3)
5. To Never Group Taskbar Buttons
NOTE: Open windows will remain as separate bar buttons on the taskbar and not be grouped together.
A) Click/tap on Never combine to select it, and go to step 6 below. (See screenshot below step 3)
7. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below step 3)



OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable Taskbar Button Grouping using a BAT File
1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like your taskbar buttons set to do.

2. To Always Group Taskbar Buttons
NOTE: Taskbar buttons for the same opened program or window will always be grouped to one icon button.
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Always_combine_hide_labels.bat

download
3. To Only Group Taskbar Buttons when the Taskbar is Full
NOTE: Taskbar bar buttons for the same opened program or window will be grouped to one icon button when the taskbar runs out space for the buttons.
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Combine_when_taskbar_is_full.bat
download
4. To Never Group Taskbar Buttons
NOTE: Open windows will remain as separate bar buttons on the taskbar and not be grouped together.
A) Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
Never_combine.bat

download
5. Save the .bat file to your Desktop.

6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .bat file to run it.

7. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

8. You will now notice your screen quckly flash as explorer is restarted.

That's it,
Shawn






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18 Nov 2008   #1
skunksmash

SEVEN x64
 
 

just what i was looking for, thanks again Shawn........Great work!!

SK

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18 Nov 2008   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Nice. Thanks Shawn.

Gary
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18 Nov 2008   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Mitch and Gary.
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11 Jan 2009   #4
igorstaro

Windows 7
 
 

Nice one thanks
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11 Jan 2009   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Igorstaro.
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11 Jun 2009   #6
fquist

Windows XP
 
 

How do I keep Windows 7 from positioning all the Firefox buttons together? When I open a new Firefox window, I would like to button to appear at the right end of the taskbar. However, Windows 7 positions it with the other Firefox buttons and will not let me move an individual button; they all move as a group. Under Vista and XP I used a utility called Taskbar Shuffle that let me put each button where I wanted it. Windows 7 is almost there, but not quite. (Note: this doesn't just apply to Firefox, it will occur with all applications that allow multiple instances).
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11 Jun 2009   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Fquist, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I'm afraid that the individual buttons will move together when not grouped, or as one when group by default and cannot be changed.

Sorry,
Shawn
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08 Jul 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks for the tip Brink!!
Now if you could just tell me how to change the taksbar to that nice dark grey I'd be set!!
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08 Jul 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Tews,

These are the color settings that I used for the taskbar.

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