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In Windows 7 even though I've changed the taskbar settings to "never combine" the taskbar buttons keep getting grouped together. If I open multiple Windows Explorer, multiple notepads or multiple Firefox windows (of the same profile) they all get forced in to groups.

I want to keep the icon on left with text label on the right but be able to drag/arrange them without the whole group moving as one.

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Just use 7+ Taskbar Tweaker to forcibly break up groups.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker will forcibly decombine taskbar items

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The meaning of "combine, hide labels" is basically "remove the labels then stack taskbar buttons for multiple instances of the same application on top of each other". Not "group separate taskbar buttons belonging to the same application together (side-by-side)".

So, in other words, none of the options relate to un-grouping multiple instances of the same application- and what you're seeing is expected behaviour.

It's a shame MS decided not to give users the choice- but at least 3rd party software can fill the gap if it annoys you that much.

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Arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7

"No. Unfortunately, it is not possible yet. Opened instances of the same application are combined and their live thumbnails cannot be reordered."

Here is one possible 3rd party solution.

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All you needed to reply with was the last line, thanks. – John Mar 2 '13 at 19:15
@john Show a little appreciation dude, we're not here to just provide links for you. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Mar 2 '13 at 21:54
@John: except this isn't simply a technical problem needing a technical answer. Half the problem is MS's choice of words: "Combine" is ambiguous. You are a developer and it even caught you out. My answer is aimed at the typical PC user who will likely make that same mistake. Personally, I think "stack" would have been a better description than "group" because they overlap. – Austin ''Danger'' Powers Mar 2 '13 at 23:37
Some people were editing some of my questions drastically changing the context and wasting other people's time so I was in a less than thrilled mode. I appreciate your answer and I was simply letting you know that your last line was all I really needed so you would be aware so you don't waste your own time going overkill, an intended courtesy to you. Thanks again! – John Mar 4 '13 at 1:26
Thanks! :) I answer questions in a way I feel will help every person asking the same thing, not just the OP (you, in this case). 34 people have read this since yesterday, so there is bound to be a cross-section of computer literacy here. Better to write an answer pretty much anyone can understand. I think answers everyone can follow rack up more points in the long run as well. If we were on Server Fault then I would assume more prior knowledge and just post the URL! – Austin ''Danger'' Powers Mar 4 '13 at 1:39

Workaround: Open separate instance of the application and then open your additional file in the new instance. You'll then have two thumbnails on your taskbar.

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