How to Combine or Never Combine Taskbar Buttons in a Group in Windows 8 and 8.1

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A taskbar button represents an open window (ex: app) on the desktop.

This will show you how to set your taskbar buttons to be grouped together or not when there's more than one window open in Windows 8 and 8.1.

If you have more than on display (monitor), then you will be able to set this separately on both your main display and on any multiple displays.

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Options for Taskbar Button Grouping

  • Always combine, hide labels - This is the default setting. Each app appears as a single, unlabeled button, even when multiple windows for that app are open. The buttons appear as icons with this option.


  • Combine when taskbar is full - This setting shows each open window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, apps with multiple open windows collapse into a single app button. Clicking the button displays a list of the windows that are open.


  • Never combine - This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button, and never combines them, no matter how many windows are open. As more apps and windows open, buttons get smaller, and eventually the buttons will scroll.





EXAMPLE: Taskbar in Windows 8
NOTE: Taskbars on displays other than your main display will not have the notification area (system icons) on them.

Always combine, hide labels

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Combine when taskbar is full

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Never combine

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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open Taskbar Properties.

2. On your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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A) Go to step 4 below.

3. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Taskbar icon.

A) Go to step 4 below.

4.
Do step 5 and/or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Set Taskbar Button Grouping Only on the Main Display
NOTE: This step is for setting how you want the taskbar buttons combined or not combined as a group only on the main display no matter if you have one or more displays.

A) In the Taskbar tab to the right of Taskbar buttons, select how you want buttons to be combined or not. (see screenshots below)

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B) Go to step 7 below.


6. To Set Taskbar Button Grouping on Multiple Displays
NOTE: This step is for when you have more than one display. It allows you to set if you want the taskbar buttons combined or not combined as a group on all multiple displays except on your main display.

A) If you have not already, you will need to have Show taskbar on all displays checked. (see screenshot below)

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B) Under Multiple displays, select how you want buttons to be combined or not. (see screenshot below)

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C) Go to step 7 below.

7. When finished, click/tap on OK.


That's it,
Shawn