I am a new Mint Linux user and I found that all applications are groped. I don't like this kind of grouping. I would like to remove all grouping. Please check the screenshot. There are 5 terminal and 4 IntelliJ application running. I want to see all in the taskbar no grouped together.

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Pls let me know how to do it?

  • If you search the programs menu for settings or panel or window or cinnamon, does anything relevant come up? Or right-clicking on the taskbar? I'm not using Cinnamon right now, but on XFCE right-clicking or searching for settings or panel eventually leads to panel preferences, then the Window buttons settings and "Window Grouping: Never or Always" – Xen2050 Feb 15 at 8:49

Right click on the panel, go to "+ Add applets to the panel". The applet, "Grouped window list" should be removed, it is the one that adds the grouping that annoys both of us. You then need to add the applet, "Window list" to get the old way back.

FWIW when I did this it worked the old way but the spacing was very broken. Between the menu and the window list there was a big gap, I reduced it by adding the "spacer" applet, but only somewhat. The quicklaunch icons are to the left of the window list now too, can't figure out how to fix this one....yet. In any case it is annoying but still far better than the Windows X inspired annoyance.

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    You can left-align the quick launch icons and window list by using the dconf-editor (install with sudo apt-get install dconf-tools). Open donf-editor and navigate to org > cinnamon > enable-applets. Look for the string panel1:center:11:window-list@cinnamon.org and change it to panel1:left:11:window-list@cinnamon.org. Originally from: forums.linuxmint.com/… – Will Keeling Apr 30 at 7:49

As of Mint 19.1, this can be done from the Welcome screen (search 'welcome screen' in the search bar of your menu)

On the left, select First Steps, then under the Desktop Layout section in the main window select Traditional. You'll probably have to re-create any shortcuts you had.

Remove application grouping in Linux Mint

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