Taskbar Grouping

Dear Computer Lady,

I have a new computer with Windows 7 on it and it is so different than XP or 98 or 95 that I have had previously.

Are you going to have lessons on Win7 like you do for Vista? I haven’t been able to find out where to go to learn about some of the things that it does.

I don’t like grouping of similar items on the task bar and you don’t know they are there.

Anyway, thanks so much for your help.
You are wonderful. Sandy

Dear Sandy,

Windows 7 is indeed different from all previous versions of Windows, and there are things that I like, as well as things that I don’t like about it as well. I am going to have lessons for Windows 7 just like I have for Vista. The reason that I am re-sending the Vista lessons is to give me time to study and prepare for the upcoming Windows 7 series of Lessons.

In the meantime, you can easily turn off the grouping of similar items on the taskbar by following these directions:

1. Right click on a blank spot on the Windows 7 taskbar, and click on “Properties” in the context menu that appears.
2. The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box will open. Make sure you are on the “Taskbar” page.
3. In the “Taskbar appearance” section of the window, find the section that starts with, “Taskbar buttons”, and click on the drop down list to the right .
4. Click to select either, “Combine when taskbar is full”, or “Never Combine”. The selection is up to you.
5. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box to close the window and save your changes.


PS: I had to chuckle when I read your email, because in the past few days I have read messages from people telling me that I should stop answering questions about older operating systems now and only talk about Windows 7, along with messages from people who were disappointed that I did not focus only on Windows XP. Anyone can find answers about their specific computer on my website at www.computerlady.org

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