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So I've tried the Windows 7 SuperBar in Production for 2 months, and I car surely say that I don't like it, it slows me down a LOT.

So I've tweaked it by enabling small icons and never combine them, but it is still a step back from vista:

  • New items don't open at the end of the tasks if they belong to an open program. Open an Explorer Window, open another program, then open another explorer window - it will be put in the middle, before the other program
  • The icons are not equally sized. Due to the grouping, the whole layout is asymmetric (My Taskbar is 2 rows high) which not only looks annoying, but can make finding a window harder
  • All related icons light up. If you have 8 open explorer windows and hover over one, the whole taskbar lights up like a Christmas tree.

Is there any way to get the Vista behavior back, which means removing the "Related Windows belong together" nonsense?

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here are some tips for you to Make the Windows 7 Taskbar Work More Like Windows XP or Vista.

  • Right-click on a blank area of the taskbar and, remove the checkmark from the item "Lock the taskbar; if there is"

  • Right-click on a blank area of the taskbar and select "Properties" from the context menu

  • Put the checkmark next to "use small icons"

  • Select "Never combine" from the drop-down menu located near the "Taskbar buttons" and click OK

  • Right-click on each icon on the taskbar and select "Unpin this program from taskbar" from the context menu

  • Right-click an empty space on the taskbar and select "Toolbars -> New Toolbar from the contextual menu

  • Go to the %SystemDrive%\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Mic rosoft\Internet Explorer\

  • Highlight the "Quick Launch" and click the button "Select Folder"

  • Right-click on the Quick Launch bar and remove the check mark from the items "Show Title" and "Show Text"

  • Drag the Quick Launch bar on the left of the taskbar, next to the button start

  • Right-click an empty space on the taskbar and if you wish, put the checkmark in the "Lock the taskbar".

If you want the old Quick Launch back: How to Enable or Disable Quick Launch in Windows 7

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Thanks, that doesn't resolve the main issue sadly, which is "Keeping related windows together" :( –  Michael Stum Jan 14 '10 at 2:01
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yep, i know ... unfortunately some useful features of older Windows versions fell victim to what the nice folks at Microsoft consider 'progress' :( you can 'fine tune' the taskbar with 7 Taskbar Tweaker: rammichael.com/?proj=29 –  Molly7244 Jan 14 '10 at 2:05
    
That seems awesome, the "Grouping" section seems to be exactly what I need. I'll check it out this evening. –  Michael Stum Jan 14 '10 at 2:11
    
That Tweaker did the trick, disabling the grouping is it. –  Michael Stum Jan 17 '10 at 10:15
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