How to Group Taskbar Icons in Windows 10 for Better Organization

If the taskbar is becoming crowded and clunky, you can group similar taskbar icons or programs directly from the taskbar settings. Here’s how.

As I said many times, the taskbar is one of my favorite things in Windows 10. You can do a lot of things on the taskbar like pinning your most used applications, pin folders, pin the recycle bin to keep the desktop clean, etc. When you pin a lot of things and there are apps running actively, the taskbar becomes crowded very quickly. Put simple, the taskbar is hugely helpful in day to day life and it is far more an involved process to customize and manage taskbar icons. To makes things a bit tidier, you can group similar icons together on the taskbar. Once grouped, these icons will stack on one another to free up space.

In this quick guide, let me show the steps to quickly group icons on the taskbar in Windows 10.

Steps to Group Similar Icons on Taskbar

To group icons on the taskbar, you have to select the “Always, hide labels” option in the taskbar settings. Here are the exact steps you should follow to select that option.

  1. Press the “Windows Key + I” keyboard shortcut to open the Settings.
  2. Go to the “Personalize” page.
  3. Here, click on the “Taskbar” option on the left panel.
  4. Select “Always, hide labels” option from the “Combine taskbar buttons” dropdown menu.
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  5. Settings are saved automatically.
  6. Close the Settings app.

As soon as you select the “Always, hide labels” option, Windows will group all the similar icons into stacks on the taskbar. For example, if you have two Chrome Windows opened, Windows will group those two icons into a stack. You can easily select the window you want from the taskbar thumbnail preview.

If you want to, you can also select the “When taskbar is full” option. This option will automatically group the icon when the taskbar is full and has no space for new icons.

That is all. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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