I am trying to find registry entries to set the following conditions:

  • Auto-hide task bar
  • Use small icons on task bar
  • Disable icon grouping (never combine)

Google seems unforthcoming maybe someone here knows how to accomplish this?



Use Small Icons

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



For small icons,set the dWord value to 1.

Disable Icon Grouping

Navigate to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "TaskbarGlomming"

is what you're looking for.


For our deployments, we Setup a machine the way we wanted, then exported the binary key: HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband. Its all binary, and kind of nasty, but we use Group Policy Preferences to force it to copy down once, which sets our "default" behavior for all Windows 7 Machines on our domain.

  • Did you do this in audit mode or simply in a normal installation? – Lukasz Dec 6 '10 at 21:13
  • This is dangerous - permissions will be wrong on that HIVE, and it will cause problems over time (not right away, but eventually). – Joel Coehoorn Dec 7 '10 at 17:46

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