Never Combine, Hide Labels

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by PFDogs, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. PFDogs

    PFDogs MDL Novice

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    #1 PFDogs, Aug 3, 2009
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2009
    Windows 7 does not have a "Never Combine, Hide Labels" option in the taskbar settings, but a lot of people would like to have this option. I have not seen instructions posted anywhere, so here is how to make Windows 7 never group taskbar icons but also hide the labels:

    1. Go to your taskbar properties and set Taskbar Buttons to "Never Combine".

    2. Launch REGEDIT and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ControlPanel\Desktop\WindowMetrics

    3. Create a new String Value and call it MinWidth.

    4. Modify the string properties and set the value to 56.

    5. Restart your computer, and now Windows 7 will never combine icons, but it will also hide the labels.


    If you are unhappy with the changes simply delete the MinWidth key and change back to "Always Combine, Hide Labels"

    I hope this helps some of you out. :)


    September 4th, 2009 Edit:

    The MinWidth value should be set to 56, NOT 54 as I originally posted. Setting the value to 54 results in disappearing icons on the taskbar when it becomes heavily populated with icons. Setting the value to 56 prevents icons from disappearing.
     
  2. cali310

    cali310 MDL Novice

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    Nice tip. Works as stated. Thanks.
     
  3. thereddog

    thereddog MDL Novice

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    Nice RegEdit.. but since my taskbar is vertical on the right, this will not work for me. Help?
     
  4. thereddog

    thereddog MDL Novice

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    Let me clarify.. It does work if the taskbar is vertical, but only if it is dragged to its lowest form. Is it possible to hide labels and never combine, regardless of vertical taskbar width?
     
  5. blackranger

    blackranger MDL Senior Member

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    Please notes that Windows 7 Retail (not RC or beta) have Never Combine option already.
     
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  6. blackranger

    blackranger MDL Senior Member

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    That's not important at all, are you a designer?
     
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  7. thereddog

    thereddog MDL Novice

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    Yes but then the labels are still displayed, which is what I don't want
     
  8. Misaki2010

    Misaki2010 MDL Addicted

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    it's a bit buggy bit it looks ok
     
  9. Pinkraynedrop

    Pinkraynedrop MDL Novice

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    I want to NOT thank you for this. I did EXACTLY as told. Not only did my PC decide to throw a tanty when I deleted the reg item after I found it was NOT what I expected (the icons only became just icons in large mode) but I spent the next 90mins having to restore my laptop back 5 days to my last backup. It stopped my laptop from showing I was connected to the net, by making sure it made look like my whole wifi was down.... then it would not boot any further than welcome, then after that it was a black screen with the mouse cursor. Safe mode was fine, but forget booting normally.

    The ONLY thing I had done was this reg hack..... so this WAS the reason for the problems. I would hope that NOBODY has this problem. :mad:
     
  10. x86

    x86 MDL Addicted

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    #10 x86, Aug 14, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
    Hi Pinkraynedrop and welcome to MDL

    Regarding the quoted part of your post above - there is no way it could have been caused just by the proposed 'hack'. I haven't tried the hack, but I can use common sense to base my argument that it cannot be the sole culprit behind the problem you encountered. Seriously, I am not saying that in order to irritate you further, but that's the truth...

    Just did some research on that and there seems to be a thin line as to whether its gonna work properly whilst setting the MinWidth value. Apparently it has to do with what icon size have you chosen at your system. Have you set this to Normal or Small?

    Regardless of that, is everything with your PC back to normal now or are you still having problems. Because if you delete the MinWidth entry and reboot the PC, it should revert back to what your original settings were :confused:
     
  11. Logan21

    Logan21 MDL Novice

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    Found this thread through a google search regarding the same issue for windows 8. I'd just like to confirm that the trick works just as described on my windows 8 64. Just been trying for 5 minutes, i'll edit this if i see problems with time.

    Thanks to the OP
     
  12. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    You might want to ask in the dedicated Windows 8 section of this forum.