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Group Similar Taskbar Windows all the Time in Windows

This is a quick trick that will allow you to force grouping of similar items on your task bar. This can be very useful, for example: if you have a few browser windows open — but not enough to switch on the auto grouping — and you want to see them collectively.

To get this to work, do the following:

  1. Press WINKEY+R. (Or click Start > Run)
  2. Type Regedit and press enter.
  3. Go to HKEY_CURRRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced
  4. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named TaskbarGroupSize in this location.
  5. Set the value to 2 or higher to set the minimum number of values to initiate item grouping.

This should take effect immediately; although, you may need to restart if it doesn’t work straight away.



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  • Smith

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  • Smith

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  • Smith

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  • Smith

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  • Smith

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  • Ty

    will this work for vista too or no? if not, how do i do it on vista, because i have to have like 10 open on vista before it will group them and its ridiculous.

  • Ty

    will this work for vista too or no? if not, how do i do it on vista, because i have to have like 10 open on vista before it will group them and its ridiculous.

    • Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

    • Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

    • Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

  • Ty

    will this work for vista too or no? if not, how do i do it on vista, because i have to have like 10 open on vista before it will group them and its ridiculous.

  • Ty

    will this work for vista too or no? if not, how do i do it on vista, because i have to have like 10 open on vista before it will group them and its ridiculous.

  • Ty

    will this work for vista too or no? if not, how do i do it on vista, because i have to have like 10 open on vista before it will group them and its ridiculous.

    • Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

  • Rich

    Yes, this works with Vista and XP.


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