Groups Similar Taskbar Buttons not working

Posted on 2007-10-09
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I'm checking and unchecking the box but it does not affect the grouping of similar taskbar buttons. It does seem to sort the order in which the icons are arranged, but no grouping.
Question by:srqit
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    Expert Comment

    See if another user account works as it should...If so, then I would go to rename the local copy of the profile....

    My Computer>C: >Documents and Settings>YOUR USERID

    and rename it to

    My Computer>C: >Documents and Settings>YOUR USERID-old.

    Then login again and retry it....

    This will need to be done after a reboot, using another user account other than your current one. Just create a new temp user to do this with, and make sure it has admin rights.....

    Then just log back in and retest....
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    Assisted Solution

    Group Similar Taskbar Buttons (Windows XP)

    Also try the Registry method, and make sure the full path is intact....And permissions for the Advanced Subkey should be Full control , for your UserID (under the HKCU key..)
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    Expert Comment

    You need to open enough of the same program windows for it to actually group.  And that also depends on what other applications you have open (essentially how crowded the Taskbar is).  It seems rather random what it group when.  I've just had 4 different IE windows open, but it grouped my two Outlook items when I opened a new email.
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    Accepted Solution

    Try the TweakUI tool of PowerToys for Windows XP

    It offers fine-grained control over if, how and when grouping occurs in the task bar. I use "Group any application with at least XX windows" in the "Task bar and start menu/Grouping" dialog -- with this option, even un-grouping works fine.
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    Expert Comment

    download and run this reg file,

    Restore Taskbar Grouping

    restart and check the results

    Author Comment

    John6767 proposed solution caused some windows to group (such as browser pages) but not others (such as Yahoo Messeges of which . I usually have 10 to 12 open at a given time.)

    KirillMueller's solution gave me instant and complete grouping, along with options to control grouping behavior. I think any solution that fixes the problem, adds functionality, is easy to implement, and is produced by a reputable source, deserves the largest portion of the points.
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    Expert Comment

    No argument from me......

    Glad it is fixed!!

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