Have you ever "lost" a window because it was grouped with other windows in the taskbar at the bottom of your Windows XP or Vista PC?

Taskbar grouping may be handy for some but for most it's just an annoyance. Stop Windows from doing this once and for all.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Disabling taskbar button grouping usually takes less than 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar, the bar that sits on the bottom of the screen, anchored by the Start button on the left and the clock on the right.

  2. Click on Properties in the menu that pops up.

  3. Locate the Taskbar appearance options at the top of the window and uncheck the Group similar taskbar buttons checkbox.

    Note: If you're not sure exactly how this option will affect your system, the small graphic at the top of this window will change to demonstrate the difference. (The screen shot on this page shows these options in Windows Vista, but the Windows XP options are very similar.)

  4. Click the OK or Apply button to confirm the changes.

    If prompted, follow any additional on screen directions.

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