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I'm using an IDE with multiple windows that cluttered up my taskbar. All the icons and labels are exactly the same (totally unhelpful). I used 7 Taskbar Tweaker (http://rammichael.com/7-taskbar-tweaker-v1-6) to remove the labels from the buttons, but now I'm looking at multiple identical icons. Is there any way to change the icons of these windows, even though they are the same application?

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This picture shows 5 windows, all from the same program, and 3 windows from Google Chrome. They all look the same!

Solved, but please note:

These two programs (same author) both work for this, easily: Title Bar Changer Studio & WindowStudio . The problem is, I had my program pinned, which for some reason was causing the icons to not change. Make sure your program is not pinned for this to work!

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  • Are you running the same application multiple times, and so have multiple windows open with the same icon and title?
    – harrymc
    Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 12:31
  • Yes, It's an IDE so the workspace opens with however many windows i'm using in it. The title includes the filename of the file being edited in a given window, so they are not exactly the same titles. Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 23:25
  • So why turn off the titles? I would rather turn off the icons, and if necessary make the taskbar 2-lines tall.
    – harrymc
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 7:28
  • Because the titles are just as useless, as they display the filepath (which is way too long) of whatever you're editing, and of course change whenever you change files. Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 10:18
  • Which IDE is that? And isn't there an option to not include the path in the titles?
    – harrymc
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 11:16

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Below are several products advertised as window managers, which are maybe worth checking as their description includes changing a window icons. (I have no experience with any of them.)

Freeware

7Conifier
XNeat Windows Manager
RegToy

Commercial (alphabetical order, trials available)

Actual Window Manager
Title Bar Changer Studio
Transparent Window Manager TweakWindow
WindowStudio

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  • I've tried every single one of these now. A few of them came much closer to solving my problem. 7Conifier is just a replacement for what you can do manually, for shortcuts. XNeat, TweakWindow, and RegToy all seemed to be for XP and Vista, not 7, and RegToy didn't seem to have any effect on anything. Actual Win Manager was better but couldn't change the taskbar, instead using the system tray to show icons. Transparent Win Mngr didn't have any feature that seemed close. I was impressed by TBCS and WinStudio, as I could change the icon of a window but didn't work for the taskbar (it's for XP) Commented Jan 13, 2011 at 22:34
  • Sorry, that's wrong. I kept searching, using different keywords, and found this: stackoverflow.com/questions/969033/… and I thought "no way, could TBCS and WinStudio have not worked SIMPLY because the program was pinned?" I redownloaded and tried them both again, and sure enough, they worked when I unpinned the program. Now I can change the icons all I want!! Commented Jan 13, 2011 at 22:54
  • Thanks. Yes, there is a fundamental difference between pinned and unpinned icons. The first comes from the shortcut and the other from the program window.
    – harrymc
    Commented Jan 14, 2011 at 7:30
  • could you edit the answer and add more details on the specific solution you used? and delete the old comment that you contradicted in a more recent one?
    – user162573
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 12:13
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I don't know if this works but try This MS Winodws site. and see the video to try that idea.

EDIT: I have tried it and it works.

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  • This isn't what I want. I've edited my question also. Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 22:50
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You could set your taskbar settings to always combine and hide labels as shown and documented here. This would accomplish what your 'tweaker' did and what your asking for.

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  • No, it wouldn't. Note in bold in my question: "change the icons of these windows". I'm only asking about the icons. Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 3:46
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I had the same diffficult to distinguish the icons, You can set color tone for taskbar with Taskbow. Take a look: http://www.taskbow.com/screenshots.asp

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