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I am curious if anyone has found a way to set those "Group" and "Display name" setting for the taskbar for individual items? I would love to have some entries as a single icon, no matter how many windows are behind them, and some "ungrouped", so I can quickly access any window.

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Usually such a setting resides in the application's own settings dialog, I think. –  Vervious Sep 12 '10 at 17:39

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Not exactly what you're looking for, but I asked a similar question a while ago. In this way, everything is an icon and doesn't take much space, and grouped entries are still grouped, although not behind a single icon; but that simply means one click less to get to the grouped entries. Here's an example how active, inactive and grouped icons look:

example of "ungrouped" iconized Win7 taskbar entries

If that's not good enough for you, check the answer to my question anyway - it'll tell you where taskbar settings are in the registry, maybe you'll find it useful.

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Seems like a start, thanks! –  Marcus Riemer Sep 13 '10 at 11:32

Right click on the Windows orb, select properties>taskbar Tab> Taskbar buttons dropdown, set it to "always combine, hide labels" Hit OK.

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This setting is a global setting and I think the user wants to set it on a per-application basis. The only settings that are available out of the box are "Always combine, hide labels," "Combine when taskbar is full," and "Never combine." (Sounds like an opportunity for some enterprising software developer.) –  BillP3rd Sep 12 '10 at 22:31

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