1.    02 Dec 2016 #1
    Join Date : Dec 2016
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    Windows 10

    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.
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  2.    02 Dec 2016 #2
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    windows 10 pro X64 1607

    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 ....
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  3.    02 Dec 2016 #3
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    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.
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  4.    02 Dec 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    windows 10 pro X64 1607

    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
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  5.    02 Dec 2016 #5
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    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.
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  6.    02 Dec 2016 #6
    Join Date : Sep 2015
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    windows 10 pro X64 1607

    Dunno if you used this :

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

    if so , mark solved
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  7.    02 Dec 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykou 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.
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  8.    31 Dec 2016 #8
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    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
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  9.    24 Jul 2017 #9
    Join Date : Dec 2015
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    windows 10 64-bit

    Quote Originally Posted by llandyw View Post
    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
    For some unknown reason-as usual, when I opened windows 10, my taskbar was blank. I had no idea of the method I used in the first place, but I knew I wanted to arrive at my original taskbar arrangement. However, after some trial and error trying at a fix and Google searching, I came across Andy's post (which was new to me.) I was in luck as his method was the perfect answer as I already had my taskbar groupings in file explorer; so, it was a simple matter to just follow his placement instructions. After placing the group icons into the taskbar, I did have to move the groups around and also move the icons within the groups to mimic my original ordering.

    One of the benefits I noted was that the icons within the groups were "packed" closer together than if I had dragged shortcuts from file explorer and manually arranged them into groups. Due to the "packing," I now have 39 app and system icons in 6 groups and a nice sized space in the middle of the taskbar that shows minimized apps...all in one taskbar. Manually constructing the grouped taskbar would have required two taskbars! Great method, Andy, and thanks.
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