Windows 10: Grouping Pinned Taskbar Icons Solved

  1.    02 Dec 2016 #1

    Grouping Pinned Taskbar Icons


    Hello:

    When I first upgraded to Windows 10, I started playing around with the taskbar. I found a way to manually "group" the icons I had previously pinned. For example, I could group various Office ions. (E.g., Word; Excel). I recall also having a group for antivirus/malware apps. And so on. As I recall, all I had to do was drag and drop icons on top of each other.

    I don't know what happened, but somewhere along the way I lost my groups, and cannot recreate them. I've searched for a solution, but the closest I've found is info on some sort of auto-grouping. It's as if I dreamed the whole thing.

    Does anyone know what I am describing, and how to regain this ability?

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 114
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       02 Dec 2016 #2

    If you don't refer to custom toolbars ( pointing to folders where you add shortcuts ) you add to main taskbar I don't see what you mean ....
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    02 Dec 2016 #3

    Thanks for the reply. I'll try to explain more. I have various apps/programs pinned to the taskbar. I used to be able to drag an icon for a program (e.g., Excel), and drop it on top of another icon (e.g., Word). Then those two would be inside a single "group" icon. When I would hover over that group icon, the individual icons within it would appear just above the group icon, and I could click on one of them to open that program. For me it was a nice way to organize the taskbar, particularly since I had/have lots of icons on it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 114
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       02 Dec 2016 #4

    well I had never seen that , particularly under windows 10 vanilla

    Are you sure you hadn't any third party app to do that ?
    Otherwise hope someone knows what you are talking about
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    02 Dec 2016 #5

    You may be right about the third party app. That occurred to me too. I do remember having to do SOMETHING to enable it; maybe it was installing a 3rd P app. If so, what is was escapes me, unfortunately.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 114
    windows 10 pro X64 1607
       02 Dec 2016 #6

    Dunno if you used this :

    7 Taskbar Tweaker v2.0, with dragging within groups - RaMMicHaeLs Blog

    if so , mark solved
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    02 Dec 2016 #7

    mykou said: View Post
    I haven't tried that. Looks good. I did however figure what 3rd P app I was using. It's called Bins. I found it again and started it, and now all is back to normal.

    Thanks again for your help.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    31 Dec 2016 #8

    Here's how I do my grouping. I have a place where I have folders that I use for groups. I place the icons I want in the group into the folder.
    Then I add it to the task bar by right clicking on the taskbar, go to Toolbars and Add New. I select a folder.
    Then I right click on the new toolbar and tell it not to show a title or text. This just leaves the icons.
    I adjust the position and size (taskbar must not be set to locked to do this), and once all are where I want them, I lock the taskbar to hide the adjustment handles.

    To add another icon, you can right click a portion where there's no icon, select Open Folder, then add another shortcut there. You'd have to readjust the size if you want all the icons to show.

    I currently have 10 groups. My taskbar is 2 lines high, and set to auto hide.

    Andy
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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