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The default behavior for grouped Windows 7 taskbar icons is that when you click them, a list of thumbnails appears and you have to click again to pick one.

Another method is doing Ctrl-click which, when done repeatedly, selects one of the windows right away.

Is it possible to switch the default behavior for the Ctrl+ one? I want to click the icon and have one of the windows get to the front without clicking any thumbnails.

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It IS possible!

Check out 7 Taskbar Tweaker:


  • Show standard window menu on right click instead of jump list.
  • Close or focus a window on middle click instead of running a new instance.
  • Disable grouping of windows by file path or application id.
  • Cycle through windows of a grouped button on left click instead of showing a thumbnails preview.
  • Open with while dropping a file on a taskbar button instead of pinning.
  • Disable thumbnail previews.


It's awesome; I can't use Windows 7 without this any more, especially on my tablet pc.

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