Windows 10: Google Chrome Taskbar Icon Opening Too Many New Instances Solved

  1.    25 Oct 2017 #1

    Google Chrome Taskbar Icon Opening Too Many New Instances


    I don't even know how to succinctly summarize this problem so I couldn't even google search it.

    Both my PCs run Windows 10 Pro. On one of them, when you click a the Google Chrome taskbar button...the button disappears and becomes a Chrome program instance which you can raise and lower. That one seems to be working normally as that's how it always works for me on windows 10 pro on my various computers.

    The other one however, remains static so when I click the Chrome icon....a new instance will open to the right where there were there are no icons, and the Chrome icon will remain in it's spot on the left. The problem is if I'm not careful I'll click the wrong one and I'll have 2 instances of chrome open. This happened several times until I realized why it was happening.

    I don't want to Uninstall chrome because I just setup this computer and it was a pain in the neck getting all my content onto chrome. For some reason even tho it's "syncing" to my Chrome account none of the information was there such as autofill and passwords. So I had to get all my content back on there it would be a huge pain uninstalling and losing all that info.

    How can I fix this?
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  2. Posts : 8,157
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       25 Oct 2017 #2

    Hi d2produce. Welcome to the TenForums @d2produce

    Right click in a clear area of the task bar, then click on "taskbar settings", scroll down on right hand side, there is a section "Combine Taskbar buttons. Is your set to "Always"?


    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    26 Oct 2017 #3

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    Hi d2produce. Welcome to the TenForums @d2produce

    Right click in a clear area of the task bar, then click on "taskbar settings", scroll down on right hand side, there is a section "Combine Taskbar buttons. Is your set to "Always"?


    Ken
    I actually figured it out. It wasn't a taskbar issue, it was a Google chrome issue. After I made this post, for the heck of it I copy and pasted my topic title in google and found a bunch of relevant results. It is a Chrome issue and what I had to do was go to Users/(my username)/Appdata/Local/Google/Chrome and delete the "User Data" folder. The trick is, which I had to figure out myself, is that in Windows 10, the Appdata folder is Hidden, so first I temporarily set Show Hidden Items and the AppData folder was still hidden. So then I did a Search on C drive for AppData and waited for all the results which there were a ton of and I scanned the Folder paths and there it was C:/Users/AppData. I found it very weird that I had to use this method to find it. But there it was, went to Local the Google, deleted User Data and it works fine now.
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  4. Posts : 8,157
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       29 Oct 2017 #4

    Thanks for posting your solution. When you get an opportunity if you could mark your thread solved others will find information helpful.

    Ken
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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