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Windows 7: Group Programs Into One(1) Group!

03 Oct 2010   #1
syk1k

win7 ultimate x64
 
 
Group Programs Into One(1) Group!

I have searched Google and here and every time this is answered its the original poster figuring it out himself and never posting how they actually did it.

Anyway i have a program that i run and now i suddenly need to run it more than once.
The software does NOT allow more than one instance so i am forced to copy/paste the folder and run another copy of the software. Now i have this program running 3 times. I would like to group the 3 copy's running from different locations into one icon on the task bar. i have simply copy / pasted the main folder directly into program files twice so its now in there 3 times in 3 diff folders [EG: folder-1, folder-2, folder-3 ]

Please DO NOT reply with stuff like "change taskbar buttons to always combine and hide labels" these comments will not help.

Thanks

*edit* taskbar looks like this, i have given the app a seperate icon so i know what one is doing what, but i want the end 3 icons into 1.




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03 Oct 2010   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi syk1k and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

What is the program?
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03 Oct 2010   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I doubt this is possible but at the moment you have 3 icons all linking to different instances of the same program, so if you merged the 3 icons into one how would that one icon know which instance of the program to open. It can't be set to open all three so I don't see the point of trying to do it!
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03 Oct 2010   #4
syk1k

win7 ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Hi syk1k and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

What is the program?
The program is metatrader4 from axistradercomau [unsure about posting direct links] i think it depends on the broker the software comes from, but some will allow me to run multi instances and some wont, the brokers that do let multi instances expire after 30 days and require a new demo, the ones that don't let multi instances last 3+ months before expiring so you can see why i prefer the ones that don't


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
I doubt this is possible but at the moment you have 3 icons all linking to different instances of the same program, so if you merged the 3 icons into one how would that one icon know which instance of the program to open. It can't be set to open all three so I don't see the point of trying to do it!
i see your point, would something like winstack 7 be possible do you think?

all i want to do is wrap the icons into one larger icon, i don't care what the larger icon is i just want 1 rather than 3, to you there may be no point, to me there is a big point not having my task bar filled with crap i need to run, but not look at every time i glance down

once i load all 5, then maybe you can start to see why i want the 3 combined
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03 Oct 2010   #5
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

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03 Oct 2010   #6
syk1k

win7 ultimate x64
 
 

the problem i found with win stack was, it wants a directory such as c:/links which you put shortcuts in then it adds those links or shortcuts to the app grouping those, i did not find a way to make it group applications that are already open, adding the exe to win7stack simply opens the exe from within winstack, then i end up with the icon of the application as well as win stack icon making the process redundant as i am trying to decrease icons not gain.

that is why i said something like win stack 7, thanks for the suggestion anyway

*EDIT* my bad i just double checked and i was using http://sourceforge.net/projects/winstack/ not http://sourceforge.net/projects/win7stack/

links are so close i assumed it was the same application i already tried, thanks for the tip i will try that instead
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03 Oct 2010   #7
syk1k

win7 ultimate x64
 
 

same problem, wants a folder with shortcuts, then it groups all those shortcuts into one icon on the task bar. when you open those shortcuts you then end up with a icon for the app you opened, and one for the win stack making the program a bit useless for me. Thanks for the input anyway

apparently this guy here has done it

How do I group non-grouped applications in the taskbar?
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03 Oct 2010   #8
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Your link just takes us to the main forums directory.
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03 Oct 2010   #9
syk1k

win7 ultimate x64
 
 

yea i don't know why, copy paste it into the address bar and it work fine
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03 Oct 2010   #10
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Link corrected.
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