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Is there any way to hide taskbar labels and not combine taskbar buttons?

Is it possible to force some buttons never combine and others always combine?

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marked as duplicate by ChrisF, Randolph West, soandos, Shinrai, Canadian Luke Oct 25 '12 at 22:36

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Here is the closest that people have come from my attempts when I used 7 a lot.

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It's something of a hack job, but this might do the trick! It requires doing a bit of registry editing to shrink the taskbar icons so that the labels auto-hide.

Set taskbar options

Open Taskbar properties.

In the "Taskbar Appearance" group, change the "Taskbar Button" option to "Never combine" if you don't want stacking.

Adding/editing the registry entry

Press Windows Key + R to open the run command

Type int "regedit" (without quotes) and press OK

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> WindowMetrics

Find the "MinWidth" entry.

If it is not there, right click on an empty space and select New -> String Value. Name this entry "MinWidth" (without quotes)

Double click on the MinWidth entry. If you want just the buttons to show, set this to 38

if you're using small buttons, 52 if you're using large buttons. Otherwise any value above 38 will work. If you set a value below 38, the buttons will behave oddly.

Log off and log back in or restart to see the changes.

Deleting/Uninstalling

Press Windows Key + R to open the run command

Type int "regedit" (without quotes) and press OK

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop -> WindowMetrics

Find the "MinWidth" entry and delete it.

Log off and log back in or restart to see the changes.

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Since you've quoted another SU question, I've flagged this as a duplicate and voted to close. –  user3463 Oct 25 '12 at 21:12
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