Are you struggling to find the right app on your Windows 11 taskbar because all the icons are grouped together? It can be frustrating when you have to dig through layers of menus just to access a frequently used application. Fortunately, there’s a solution: ungrouping taskbar icons! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to do just that and make your workflow more efficient. So let’s dive in and discover how to ungroup icons on the taskbar in Windows 11!
Does Windows 11 have a ‘Never combine taskbar buttons’ feature?
The good news is that Windows 11 does have a similar feature to ‘Never combine taskbar buttons’ called ‘Taskbar Settings’. However, the process of disabling this grouping feature has been slightly modified from previous versions of Windows.
To access the Taskbar Settings in Windows 11, right-click on any empty space on your taskbar and select ‘Taskbar settings.’ Scroll down until you see the heading “Combine taskbar buttons.” By default, it is set to “Always,” which means all icons will be grouped together.
If you prefer not to group your icons and want them always visible on your taskbar, change this setting to “Never.” Now each icon will have its own space on your taskbar. Alternatively, if you only want groups when there are too many windows open for one app or program, choose “When full” instead.
It’s worth noting that with the new design of Windows 11’s taskbar, users may find it more aesthetically pleasing and less cluttered even with combined icons. But ultimately it comes down to personal preference and workflow efficiency!
How to ungroup icons in Windows 11
If you’re someone who likes to keep a clean and organized taskbar on your Windows 11 desktop, you may find yourself frustrated with the default grouping of icons. Fortunately, there is a way to ungroup them and give each icon its own place on the taskbar.
To start, right-click an empty space on your taskbar and select “Taskbar settings” from the dropdown menu. This will open up a new window where you can customize various aspects of your taskbar.
Scroll down until you see the section labeled “Combine taskbar buttons.” By default, it is set to “Always,” which means that Windows 11 will automatically group similar icons together. To disable this feature and ungroup all icons, simply change the setting to “Never.”
If you prefer some level of organization but still want individual icons for certain programs or applications, select “When taskbar is full” instead. This option allows for more flexibility in how your icons are displayed based on available space.
Once you’ve made your selection, don’t forget to hit the “Apply” button at the bottom of the screen before closing out of Taskbar Settings. With these quick steps under your belt, customizing your Windows 11 desktop has never been easier!
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