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This article describes how to change the behavior of taskbar grouping in Microsoft Windows XP.
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By default, when you enable the Group similar taskbar buttons option in Taskbar properties, items are grouped only when the taskbar buttons begin to get too small, and then the item that you opened first, is grouped first.
To change this behavior, create a "TaskbarGroupSize" DWORD entry in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AdvancedThe values for this key are:
0 - (Default) Group by age (oldest group first)Log off and then back on for this change to take effect.
1 - Group by size (largest group first)
2 - Group any group of size 2 or more
3 - Group any group of size 3 or more