Windows 10: Taskbar icons refuse to group

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  1.    27 Jul 2016 #1

    Taskbar icons refuse to group


    Win10 pro 10240
    Classic Start Menu

    Until recently the pinned icons and active programs would combine so that there was only one icon per program. Now the pinned icons and active ones are separate -- and filling up space. I checked the taskbar settings and it is set to "always combine, hide labels." Also checked the registry (per <https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/25732-taskbar-buttons-always-sometimes-never-combine-windows-10-a.html>) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced TaskbarGlomLevel is set to 0. Is there anything (short of System Restore) that can be done?
    tcebob
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  2. MilesAhead's Avatar
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       27 Jul 2016 #2

    Have you tried changing the setting "always hide" to another setting, then changing it back? I have noticed over the years especially settings changed through the desktop can be "sticky" or unreliable. I don't know how many times I set virtual memory to my management, then rebooted only to find it set at the default(let Windows manage it.)

    The other one like that is the default browser setting. Sometimes it just will not "take" with a browser unless you set it to a browner you do not want as default, then set it back to the one you want.

    Don't ask me why but that's been the way of some settings back to Win9x.
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  3. bro67's Avatar
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       27 Jul 2016 #3

    Sounds more like third party software may be the culprit. Any them changing type programs installed, or other types of utilities?
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  4.    27 Jul 2016 #4

    I tried changing to Never Combine, rebooted, changed back & rebooted again. No luck. Also turned off Classic Start Menu but no change. Someday MS will upgrade my system; maybe that will fix it. Meanwhile I 'll live with it.

    Thanks, guys.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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       28 Jul 2016 #5

    tcebob said: View Post
    I tried changing to Never Combine, rebooted, changed back & rebooted again. No luck. Also turned off Classic Start Menu but no change. Someday MS will upgrade my system; maybe that will fix it. Meanwhile I 'll live with it.

    Thanks, guys.
    tcebob
    No one else has an issue with this. It is not a bug of Windows 10 that Microsoft does not need to fix. Are you running any kind of third party software that Themes or changes the Start Menu like Classic Shell?
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  6. MilesAhead's Avatar
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       28 Jul 2016 #6

    bro67 said: View Post
    No one else has an issue with this. It is not a bug of Windows 10 that Microsoft does not need to fix. Are you running any kind of third party software that Themes or changes the Start Menu like Classic Shell?
    His first post shows Classic Shell. He should probably try a few different shells. I have had some weird stuff happen with Classic Shell on Windows 8. Still other people on W8 say it is fine. Whatever works.

    I now use Start Menu 10 Pro on W8 and it seems to behave a bit better.
    There is a free version he may try.
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  7.    28 Jul 2016 #7

    Looking up Start Menu Pro . . .

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       28 Jul 2016 #8

    MilesAhead said: View Post
    His first post shows Classic Shell. He should probably try a few different shells. I have had some weird stuff happen with Classic Shell on Windows 8. Still other people on W8 say it is fine. Whatever works.

    I now use Start Menu 10 Pro on W8 and it seems to behave a bit better.
    There is a free version he may try.
    Same here. I use Start10 on both laptops and have not had any issues. Classic Shell has a deep learning curve for those who do not carefully set it up.
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  9.    29 Jul 2016 #9

    Thanks, everyone, for your help. I had occasion to upgrade Chrome as a download and then pinned the icon to the taskbar. It combined! So I tried with a couple of other programs and had mostly good luck. Opera still won't combine, but I'll live. Programs that I have shortcutted to Task Scheduler (to bypass UAC) won't combine because they are not direct shortcuts.

    I did look at Start Menu Pro and a few others but I like Classic Shell/Classic start menu.
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  10.    29 Jul 2016 #10

    bro67 said: View Post
    No one else has an issue with this.
    That's would be a rarher bold statement.

    I have already reported some rather curious behavior from Chrome

    Chrome shortcut pinned to taskbar: open or to the side? - Windows 10 Forums

    that somehow prevented it from combining with its own pinned icon. This is not as drastic as what the OP reported, but still a step in a similar direction.
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