The 'Never' 'Combine taskbar buttons' setting disappeared in #Windows11

  1. The taskbar icons are grouped. I find it very annoying and unproductive when have many maximized windows! The Never Combine taskbar buttons setting disappeared in Windows 11.

  2. Also, before Windows 11, when I dragged an icon from Explorer and hold a few seconds over a taskbar icon, the app was restored, brought to focus so I can drop the file on the app area. On Windows 11 this is not happening.

I tried to change the Registry Setting:


But it is not working.

I also tried this:


This makes the Task Bar work as expected, but the Start Menu does not open.

How to change this?

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    I highly encourage anyone who misses the "Never combine" option to vote on the issue in the Feedback Hub: aka.ms/AAd2l82 The Windows team is constantly implementing changes based on user feedback, so that's the best way to have this fixed.
    – idmadj
    Commented Mar 30, 2022 at 18:55
  • Try windhawk from the creator of 7+ taskbar tweaker
    – xypha
    Commented Mar 13, 2023 at 13:57

5 Answers 5


ExplorerPatcher should also be able to fix this:


From the readme:

Feature summary

  • Choose between Windows 11 or Windows 10 taskbar (with labels support, small icons and lots of customization).
  • Disable Windows 11 context menu and command bar in File Explorer and more.
  • Open Start to All apps by default, choose number of frequent apps to show, display on active monitor and more.
  • Choose between the Windows 11, Windows 10 and Windows NT Alt-Tab window switcher with customization.
  • Lots of quality of life improvements for the shell, like:
    • Skin tray menus to match Windows style, make them behave like flyouts and center them relative to the icon.
    • Choose action when left and/or right clicking the network icon.
    • Revert to the Windows 7 search box in File Explorer, or disable Windows Search altogether.
    • Disable immersive menus and use mitigations that help you run the real classic theme without glitches.
    • Learn more about all the functionality offered by this program starting with this article in the wiki, here.
  • works great, right click taskbar->properties to make changes
    – chantey
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 5:36
  • It's 2023, this is not working anymore Commented Apr 18, 2023 at 1:35

Finally, at Build 2023 this was announced.

On Windows 11 Settings:
    Personalization > Taskbar
        Combine Taskbar buttons and hide labels
            When Taskbar is full
            Never <-

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Source: New developer experiences in Windows https://build.microsoft.com/en-US/sessions/5017d756-1ed1-468c-bd43-1ac98079f71e


I searched for changing windows 11 features to what I had in windows 10 but I couldn't find a neat solution that doesn't crash my PC.

For (almost) full control over Taskbar, Start Menu, and Windows Explorer, The best solution I found was installing StartAllBack. It fixes both drag and combining problems (and many more).

It's just amazing, check out the free trial for yourself. Also, the price of the lifetime licence was kinda good.

enter image description here My desktop

enter image description here Taskbar settings


The November 14, 2023 KB5032190 update finally added the “never combined” mode for the task bar.

To find this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors. Set Combine taskbar buttons and hide labels to Never.

Also, there is a separate setting for turning this on for other taskbars when you use multiple monitors.


The version information of the Windows 11 I am using is as follows: Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22621.1848]. In this system, I was able to solve the problem without using any additional programs. This link was helpful. However, some of the code in the link wraps to the second line, causing an error in the execution of the code. I suggest combining the overflowing code into a single line. I have compiled the following code for you. After launching Windows PowerShell with admin privileges, if you run the code line by line, the desired option, "Never Combine," will be implemented.

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope LocalMachine -Force

Restore the Classic Taskbar in Windows 11

New-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages" -Name "UndockingDisabled" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000001";
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages" -Name "UndockingDisabled" -Value "00000001";

Disable Taskbar / Cortana Search Box on Windows 11

New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" -Name "SearchboxTaskbarMode" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000000";

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" -Name "SearchboxTaskbarMode" -Value "00000000";

Ungroup Taskbar Icons / Enable Text Labels in Windows 11

New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" -Name "NoTaskGrouping" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000001";

Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" -Name "NoTaskGrouping" -Value "00000001";

Restart Explorer to see the changes

./taskkill /f /im explorer.exe;
./CMD /Q /C START /REALTIME explorer.exe;
  • For me, setting UndockingDisabled to 1 via the registry disabled the Start Button. You can use 3rd party software e.g. Open-Shell to get it back but this comes with several other annoyances. So I reverted back to Explorer Patcher, especially since the feature will be rolled out with 23H2 (without having to revert to the classic task bar) it doesn't seem to be worth it any more.
    – Albin
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 9:01

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