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Customizing the taskbar

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    8/XP

    Customizing the taskbar


    How do I remove the thumbnail preview thing form the windows on the task bar? I'm finding them to be more annoying than helpful.

    How do I make new windows open at the end of the task bar, rather than beside similar windows?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello pancake, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The tutorial below can show you a few different methods that can be used to effectively disable taskbar thumbnail previews in Windows 8/8.1
    I'm afraid that icons of newly opened windows will always open at the end of the last icon on the taskbar.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    8/XP


    Thanks, I'll try that.

    Hm, they don't open at the end for me, that's what I want though. If I have a folder open and I open another one, it'll open beside the first one, rather than at the end of the line.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's normal for icons already opened on the taskbar. When you open multiple windows for the same program (ex: Windows Explorer) they group together on the same icon or button on the taskbar.

    There's not a way that I know of to prevent that.

    You might see if this may help, but it's only to show icons or buttons on the taskbar. Buttons will still open beside the original, but it will not be as tightly grouped like an icon.

    Taskbar Buttons - Combine or Never Combine in Group in Windows 8
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  5. #5


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    8/XP


    Hm, I see. ): I have it set to not combine, but like windows still stick together. Thanks though.

    And I did one of the things to remove the preview/thumbnails and it works. Thanks much there.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Glad I could help with one of them.
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