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Setting the option "Combine when taskbar is full"

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  • We are looking for a way to use Group Policy to set the Taskbar grouping option on our Windows 7 workstations to use the "combine when taskbar is full" setting, but I don't see that option either in GPO Preferences or Policies. Does it exist somewhere else?
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:35 AM

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  • The only policy that is available in Windows 7 sets the "Never combine" option. It is under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\, policy "Prevent grouping of taskbar items".

    The grouping options are stored in the registry. Open Regedit.exe, browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, open the value TaskbarGlomLevel, and set it to 1. You have to logoff and logon to see the changes.

    You can also make the same changes "per-machine" if you modify the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced as before.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:21 PM
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  • The only policy that is available in Windows 7 sets the "Never combine" option. It is under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\, policy "Prevent grouping of taskbar items".

    The grouping options are stored in the registry. Open Regedit.exe, browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, open the value TaskbarGlomLevel, and set it to 1. You have to logoff and logon to see the changes.

    You can also make the same changes "per-machine" if you modify the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced as before.


    Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010 2:21 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi, Daniel, I'm trying to contact you to try to get another threat solved... this is the link:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/es-ES/windows7es/thread/92666ca9-f7bc-48c1-9dbe-62db9dee19df

     

    Thanks a lot. Gracias!

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:42 AM