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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15 thoughts on “Group Similar Taskbar Windows all the Time in Windows”

  1. Smith says:

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  2. Smith says:

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  3. Smith says:

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  4. Smith says:

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  5. Smith says:

    Surprisingly useful tip!

  6. Ty says:

    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.

  7. Ty says:

    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.

    1. Rich says:

      Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

    2. Rich says:

      Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

    3. Rich says:

      Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

  8. Ty says:

    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.

  9. Ty says:

    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.

  10. Ty says:

    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.

    1. Rich says:

      Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

  11. Rich says:

    Yes, this works with Vista and XP.

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