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I have Krita installed on Windows 10. I have its icon pinned in the Taskbar.

In my "Start-up" dir, I have a shortcut to Krita.exe with the flag --load-session "stuff", in order for Krita to start up when my computer starts for the day, opening my "session".

It works, but the problem is that Krita opens itself in a separate Taskbar icon to the far right, with the pinned Krita Taskbar icon just sitting there.

This is not the first time that something similar to this happened. I don't understand it and I hate it.

What causes "duplicate" Taskbar icons like this? I thought the whole point of this "new" Taskbar was to group icons and avoid clutter.

What to do to prevent this from happening, so that the same program only has one "Taskbar icon/group", which seems to be how it's intended to work?

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  • Maybe what’s running isn’t really krita.exe?
    – Daniel B
    Oct 21 '20 at 15:33
  • @DanielB What do you mean by that?
    – Costa
    Oct 21 '20 at 15:36
  • Close (not exit from) Krita. It should now exit from the left side Taskbar. Outlook does the very same thing. If you want Krita open, then either (a) live with both icons; (b) hide the system tray icon; (c) ask Krita support if there is a setting you can use.
    – John
    Oct 21 '20 at 16:56
  • @John I didn't understand any part of your comment. Close Krita? What? Did you read my question at all? And what system tray icon? It doesn't use the system tray at all.
    – Costa
    Oct 21 '20 at 17:03
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    OP is not talking about the system tray. It’s just that some applications don’t stay with their pinned taskbar entries.
    – Daniel B
    Oct 21 '20 at 18:15
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There's a setting (Settings > Personalization > Taskbar) that can prevent combining of app icons on the taskbar. Perhaps yours is set that way.

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  • I'm not trying to prevent it. I'm trying to cause it. To make it clear: I have no such setting set. Other icons are grouped, such as cmd.exe.
    – Costa
    Oct 21 '20 at 18:10
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I could reproduce the issue, with a new regular shortcut on the desktop. However, if I copy the shortcut the installer creates in the start menu and modify that, the issue does not occur.

The original shortcut contains some additional metadata that persists when changing it. Without this additional data, Explorer simply treats it as a different application.


This solution will not always work. I have some software (wsltty) that always results in a new taskbar entry.

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