When you have say more then one file or something open or window (not tabs), the windows 7 task bar combines or stacks them on top of each other. Well my chrome started to do that with tabs. It looks like I have more then one chrome window open, but its just tabs all in one window. So when I click on the stacked chrome on my task bar it shows a preview of each tab and then goes to that tab. I would much rather have it be one chrome icon rather then stacked and then I can select my tab. The preview for the many tabs I have open is annoying me. I know this has to be something I accidental turned on because it did not do this before nor does it do it on my other computers.

Thank you.

  • Did you change the process model that chrome uses? – mindless.panda Mar 26 '10 at 17:20
  • Can you elaborate on that? – mikelbring Mar 26 '10 at 17:24
  • Well, chrome has three process models it can use. The first one is where all tabs runs in the same process, the second is where each tab runs in a separate process, the third is where tabs opened from within another tab share a process. The process model came to mind given it might change how Windows is interpreting how many "windows" are open for the taskbar preview. It might not apply though, since it seems like this should be a setting. So the process model can change by use of command line argument to chrome. Any chance you recently switched between stable/beta/dev branches? – mindless.panda Mar 26 '10 at 17:27
  • Actually yes. I am on dev, but so are my other computers. – mikelbring Mar 26 '10 at 17:29
  • Did you recently switch to the dev branch by any chance? Any recent changes in that branch that would provoke this change? – mindless.panda Mar 26 '10 at 17:30

A quick web search pulls this, dated a week or so ago. It seems like the new beta and dev releases now have tabs showing up as separate thumbnails:

Apart from other minor patches and fixes users of both testing versions on Windows 7 now see per-tab taskbar thumbnail previews.

Further research indicates that while IE8 has the capability to turn this per-tab thumbnail off, Chrome will only disable it if Aero Peek is disabled.

There seems to be an awkward way to disable it, listed here, involving running Chrome in Compatibility Mode.

  • Running it in compatibility seemed to fixed the issue, I even get the 1 window preview as well like normal. Thanks – mikelbring Mar 26 '10 at 17:57
  • Nice, glad it works. – mindless.panda Mar 26 '10 at 18:05

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