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In normal windows XP sp2 you can group similar programs on the taskbar. Usually this grouping only occurs if the number of apps > x.

Does anyone know if x can be changed? I am trying to activate grouping if x > 1.

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Grant: Try – NotMe Aug 12 '09 at 1:32

Go download TweakUI from microsoft. There is an option to set the number of windows to group. It is easier to set than modifying registry, moreoever you can set tweak other windows settings.

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TweakUI is the way to go in XP. It gives you a lot of other tweaks you may find useful too. Plus, it is from MS, and light-weight. – eidylon Aug 23 '09 at 0:59

Grouping occurs when the taskbar becomes too crowded. This can be changed by editing the registry. Type regedit in the Run dialog box to open the registry editor.

Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.

If it is not already present, create a new DWORD value called TaskbarGroupSize

Enter a value of 2 or greater. A value of 2 will group similar buttons as soon as the second window of an application is created. A higher value would allow numerous windows of the same application before grouping occurs.


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Try wsTaskborg Taskbar Organizer. Using it, you can create your own groups as and when you want, and assign a title to each group.

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