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Previously, I had pinned Google Chrome Dev to the taskbar. Being that it was unstable and crashed frequently, I decided to uninstall it. Before uninstalling, however, I did not un-pin its icon from the taskbar.

Afterward, I installed Google Chrome Stable and launched it from the old pinned icon. This resulted in a new icon appearing in the taskbar. I figured this happened because the icon was originally for the Dev build, so I unpinned the icon and re-pinned Google Chrome. I launch Google Chrome again, but I still get a new icon! Re-pinning the icon should have fixed it, no?

Why aren't my Google Chrome windows grouping together?

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I had the same problem as you and the other proposed fixes didn't work. This one seems to work though:

  1. Make sure you backup your profile to your Google account.
  2. Remove your pinned taskbar icons.
  3. Uninstall Google Chrome.
  4. Move (or delete) your profile folder from %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\
  5. Reinstall Chrome.
  6. Login to your Google account to get your settings back.
  7. Add the Chrome icons to the taskbar again.
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Follow these steps from another post.

Hopefully this will fix your problem :

  1. Start Google Chrome (this creates a new taskbar icon)
  2. Right click on the new icon and select "Pin this program to taskbar"
  3. Go to: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
  4. You will see the two pinned "Google Chrome.lnk" here. Delete the "Google Chrome.lnk"
  5. Make "Google Chrome (1).lnk" readonly: Right Click -> Properties -> General tab -> tick Read-only -> Click OK
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Can't you just pin the new icon and unpin the old? Does your pinned shortcut's Target look like this?

*C:\Users\***John**\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe*

Put this into your explorers directory:

C:\Users\***John**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar

*INPUT YOUR WINDOWS USER NAME

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    I think what he meant was that if you pin an application to the task bar and then click to open the application that you are given a new icon instead of the task bar displaying the open application at the pinned spot. Mar 9, 2012 at 6:12
  • Dez got my question.
    – Magic
    Mar 10, 2012 at 3:36
  • So you want to make your Pinned Apps display another icon (instead of grouping up) besides the already pinned icon? Why??? What purpose does this serve? I'd love to know.
    – Valoric
    Mar 10, 2012 at 5:17
  • @Zeta You have it reversed. Dez said "you are given a new icon instead of the task bar displaying the open application at the pinned spot". Magic's issue is that the icons are not grouping when they should be.
    – iglvzx
    Mar 10, 2012 at 6:05
  • Now your edit of the question is much more concise. Though I'm not sure how repinning the new icon doesn't fix this. It happened to me with Firefox a couple weeks ago & I repinned the new random icon to stop it.
    – Valoric
    Mar 10, 2012 at 7:45
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7TaskbarTweaker will do this.

The option is "Don't group pinned items."

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