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Is there a way to arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7?

Right now we can freely adjust each application's position in the taskbar, but within the app itself the windows can't be reordered, for example multiple windows of firefox or chrome.

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Can we expand this question to Windows 8 (including 8.1), since the problem still exists there? And Windows 10, if it exists there too? – Mathieu K. Nov 10 '15 at 14:36

You can do this with 7 Taskbar Tweaker.

Just check the box Drag to reorder:


The previously mentioned Taskbar Shuffle doesn't support Windows 7 yet, to my knowledge.

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You can reorder the thumbnails by checking the box "Drag to reorder" under the "Thumbnails" section in 7 Taskbar Tweaker. It works now like it should. If you don't want to use that approach, then inside of Taskbar Tweaker you can click the "Taskbar Inspector" and drag around instances of your app inside of the app group and they will move in realtime. – MikeTeeVee Jun 13 '12 at 19:21
and you can sort alphabetically from 7 taskbar tweaker..taskbar inspector – barlop Jan 5 '13 at 2:54
@barlop though barlop, if I recall, you might have to keep telling it each time, to sort alphabetically, it's not automatic. – barlop Apr 24 '15 at 20:58
Are there any utilities that 'remember' the taskbar program order? – Daniel Sokolowski Aug 27 '15 at 17:44
@BobStein-VisiBone: I just tried it on Windows 8.1. What you're saying (that the taskbar buttons themselves can't be dragged around) is technically correct, but it behooves me to point out that when you reorder the thumbnails, the taskbar buttons follow accordingly. – Mathieu K. Nov 10 '15 at 13:17

This is possible, but quite hacky.

Lets consider, you have three windows of the same application: A, B and C. You want them to be shown on task bar as [A][B][C], while they are shown in some other order. To achieve this do the following:

  1. Activate the windows one by one in the order, which is reversal of the desired order, i.e. activate window C, then B, then A
  2. Now window A is on top, window B is under A and window C is under B
  3. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Windows Task Manager
  4. Find explorer.exe process in Processes tab, select it and press End Process
  5. Choose File->New Task (Run...), enter explorer and click OK.
  6. When started, explorer arranges taskbar buttons according to the z-order of windows, so buttons will be arranged as [A][B][C]

This method will probably kill all Windows Explorer windows. If you need to preserve them, do the following:

  1. Press Win+E to open Windows Explorer
  2. Go to Organize->Folder and search options->View->Advanced settings:
  3. Check Launch folder windows in separate process checkbox and click OK

Now, if you have at least one Windows Explorer window, then at step 4 of the original instruction you will see two explorer.exe processes: one responsible for taskbar and another responsible for Windows Explorer windows.

To distinguish which one is which, turn on Command Line column in Task Manager (View->Select Columns...>Command Line). The explorer.exe process responsible for taskbar (i.e. the one you need to kill) will not have any arguments in command line, so its command line will look like C:\Windows\explorer.exe. The other explorer.exe process will have much longer command line looking like this: C:\Windows\explorer.exe /factory,{ceff45ee....

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Unlike a display driver crash, this option doesn't preserve File Explorer windows. Still, it's nice to have a built-in option. – Mathieu K. Nov 10 '15 at 13:10
(I'm talking about substituting a display driver crash for steps 4 and 5, btw—which sometimes happens idiopathically on my system, and which I cannot reproduce at will.) In short, this answer explains why the order changes upon a display driver crash. – Mathieu K. Nov 14 '15 at 19:23
In step 2, Ctrl+Shift+Esc starts Task Manager. In step 5, Ctrl+R then typing explorer Enter starts Explorer. – Gnubie Mar 23 at 19:11
You're a beautiful man. This has plagued me for longer than I'd care to admit. One note of "caution", make sure that you repeat steps 1-2 for all multi-window processes to ensure that you don't accidentally de-order a different program – goodguy5 Apr 8 at 13:54

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

Note that even if you disable Combine (Right-Click Taskbar -> Properties -> Taskbar panel -> Taskbar Buttons dropdown), an application with several instances opened will still move as one group.

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If you just want to re-order firefox or chrome, hitting F11 to put a browser into full screen mode will put that browser window to the far right of the list. It can be a little tedious, but if you want one specific window to be on the far left, just F11 all of the browser windows except the one you want on the left.

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Which OS? On my Windows 8.1, Chrome (Version 46.0.2490.80 m) has this behaviour, but Firefox 42.0 does not, even in its safe mode. On an old VM of Windows 7 32-bit, I install Chrome and FF (same versions as on 8.1), but neither shows this behaviour. – Mathieu K. Nov 10 '15 at 14:33

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