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Disable Taskbar Grouping in XP and Vista

review from ClifNotes, Apr 2007, permalink Windows Tips


From Clif:

Gary at Internet Fixes continues to amaze me with hundreds and thousands of tips for your PC. Whatever your operating system, or how you use it, a visit to Gary's site will soon have you saying "So that's how you do this!".


In the tip below, Gary tells you how to control the taskbar grouping feature in Windows XP and Vista. Microsoft explains this behaviour: By default, when you enable the Group similar taskbar buttons option in Taskbar properties, items are grouped only when the taskbar buttons begin to get too small, and then the item that you opened first, is grouped first.


Most people either love this feature or hate it. If you hate it, be sure to read Gary's tip below.


Quote from the website

Have you ever "lost" a window because it was grouped with other windows in the taskbar at the bottom of your Windows XP or Vista PC? Taskbar grouping may be handy for some but for most it's just an annoyance. Stop Windows from doing this once and for all.