Prevent grouping of taskbar items

This setting affects the taskbar buttons used to switch between running programs. Taskbar grouping consolidates similar applications when there is no room on the taskbar. It kicks in when the user’s taskbar is full. If you enable this setting it prevents the taskbar from grouping items that share the same program name. By default this setting is always enabled. If you disable or do not configure it items on the taskbar that share the same program are grouped together. The users have the option to disable grouping if they choose.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # NoTaskGrouping

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Start Menu and Taskbar


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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