Registry Hack to Keep Similar Taskbar Buttons always Grouped

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Apr 12, 2008

The Windows built-in feature of Grouping Similar Taskbar Buttons is nice, it helps you to remove clutter from your Taskbar. This feature groups your Similar Taskbar buttons in one when your Taskbar starts to get full it will start grouping applications together to conserve space.


For Instance, If you have opened 10 or more Internet Explorer windows at a time, it will show you only one window in the Taskbar, if you have the grouping feature enabled.

The only thing is that it only works when the Taskbar has filled up with the Windows. The CyberNet blog offers a customizable registry tweak that sets this feature to Group Similar Taskbar buttons with two or more windows open.

Not Everyone use this feature, but for those people who use it this hack can be a real helper. You can download a registry fix file from CyberNet Blog, or if you are an Advanced user and know your way around the Registry you can make the change at the following key.

You’ll need to navigate to this location:

HKEY_CURRRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

Then you’ll need to create a new DWORD (32-bit) value called TaskbarGroupSize there. A value of “0″ will disable the feature, while a larger numerical setting (2 or higher) will initiate the grouping when that number of similar windows is open.

CyberNet via Lifehacker

Related: Taskbar Shuffle - re-arrange Taskbar Buttons by Dragging


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