A. XP lets you group multiple instances of the same executable on the taskbar in one of two ways:
- Clustering--XP places multiple instances of the same executable next to each other on the taskbar.
- Grouping--XP displays multiple instances of the same executable as one taskbar program instance.
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By default, XP groups multiple instances of the same executable when insufficient space exists on the taskbar to display the appropriate text for each button. To disable grouping, perform the following steps:
- Right-click the taskbar, and select Properties.
- Select the Taskbar tab.
- Clear the "Group similar taskbar buttons" check box in the Taskbar appearance section.
- Click OK.
You can also adjust this setting in the registry by performing the following steps:
- Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
- Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
- Double-click TaskbarGlomming (or create this DWORD value if it doesn't already exist).
- Set this value to 1 to enable or 0 to disable, and click OK.
- Close the registry editor.
- Log off and log back on for the change to take effect, or if you feel brave, kill the Windows Explorer process and use Task Manager to recreate this process.