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I run my taskbar buttons with the setting Combine when taskbar is full.

Q: Is there any way to force some of your pinned taskbar applications to only use the "icon" rather than the icon + label?

I am aware of the trick to force the size of the taskbar icons for all applications (detailed here and here), but there are some applications that I would like to only have the icon, and others where it is important to show icon and label together.

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The state of the taskbar, whether "Icons only", "Icons when full", or "Icon+label", is internally called the "glom" level, and is dictated by the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\TaskbarGlomLevel where the possible values are 0, 1, and 2 respectively. Unfortunately this is a taskbar-wide setting and there is no finer grain control to do what you want, which would be to make an icon-ified application wider to display title text, or an icon+text taskbar button smaller to hide the title text.

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I found a solution! This little application allows lables to be hidden per application ID. I think it is exactly what you and I have been looking for.


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Not exactly what you're looking for, but 7stacks from Alastria Software can put shortcuts for several applications in 1 taskbar icon, using "stacks" (à la Mac OS X).

7stacks is an easy to use, free app that lets Windows 7 (and Vista and XP) users have "stacks" of icons in their Taskbar (in 7) or QuickLaunch Toolbar (in Vista and XP). By using stacks, users can reduce icon clutter, and combine a group of related icons into a single icon. For instance, if you use application suites such as Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or Adobe CS4, you can have all the suite's icons combined into one icon!

I don't have access to my Windows 7 box now but you could try to specify an empty name for a new stack, use a custom icon and pin it to the taskbar.

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This would be an amazing feature - however I can't find a way to pull it off. Perhaps suggest it to a group like Stardock as part of one of their "enhancements" packages.

Even if single windows showed only as Icons, but multiple windows (or pages) showed as full text I'd be happy.

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I've been trying to work out how to amend the icons to include the number position on the task bar. If you or anyone could work out how to do that then you could change the icon to include the name of the window or application, substitute these for the original icon, then show icons only. Don't yet know if it's possible!

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