How to enable 'Never Combine taskbar buttons'. Windows 11 ?

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Hi @all
I did not find this function 'Never Combine taskbar buttons'. How can this function be found and enabled in windows 11?
I can't work with multi-tab on windows 11.

Thank you!

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I recommend you to drop a feedback on this to Microsoft, using Feedback hub app.

FYI, there is already a long discussion about this in following thread:

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-insider-program/how-to-let-windows-11-quot-never-comb...

Linea verde inferior @hoanglongson 

@hoanglongson for now you may try https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher/releases

 

You just put dxgi dll into windows folder, restart and you can tweak taskbar to be like in windows 10 with nevercombine options etc. Everything is described in the link.

 

I have talked to Microsoft support, they said there will be an official update to fix this problem, enable 'Combine taskbar buttons' Windows 11

I hope that update comes soon

Take a look at the chat picture: https://www.mediafire.com/view/5nokaqkxkrec5ut/Indira-Microsoft_support.png/file

@hoanglongson does Microsoft employee speak English at all? - that screenshot doesn't look legit. 2 sentences and 22 mistakes...

https://www.mediafire.com/view/1omhzjy6sgqk2zk/1029537995_Microsoft.png/file

I can't think of a reason to fake this information, see the photo.
Don't always think negatively.

I am so glad that I installed Windows 11 in a VM before upgrading any other computer. This is a setting that turn off on every PC or server I use as I find having the taskbar combined and the labels removed frustrating and unintuitive to use. I won't be upgrading anything until this oversight is resolved.

You'll have to use this method until they update it (I wrote this script based on the article.)

 

Open Powershell -> Start Menu -> Run -> taskmgr -> File -> Run new Task -> %SystemRoot%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -> Select "Create this task with administrative privileges." -> Click OK.

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope LocalMachine -Force
# Restore the Classic Taskbar in Windows 11
New-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages" -Name "UndockingDisabled" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000001";
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages" -Name "UndockingDisabled" -Value "00000001";
# Disable Taskbar / Cortana Search Box on Windows 11
New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" -Name "SearchboxTaskbarMode" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000000";
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" -Name "SearchboxTaskbarMode" -Value "00000000";
# Ungroup Taskbar Icons / Enable Text Labels in Windows 11
New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
-Name "NoTaskGrouping" -PropertyType DWord -Value "00000001";
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
-Name "NoTaskGrouping" -Value "00000001";
#Restart Explorer to see the changes
./taskkill /f /im explorer.exe;
./CMD /Q /C START /REALTIME explorer.exe;

Run this below if you want to reverse the above changes...

#Run this to reverse the changes
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell\Update\Packages" -Name "UndockingDisabled" -Value "00000000"
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search" -Name "SearchboxTaskbarMode" -Value "00000001";
Set-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer" -Name "NoTaskGrouping" -Value "00000000";
#Restart Explorer to see the changes
./taskkill /f /im explorer.exe;
./CMD /Q /C START /REALTIME explorer.exe;

https://winaero.com/how-to-restore-classic-start-menu-in-windows-11-and-get-back-live-tiles/

@Mousefluff Looking forward to a full fix. This is really important to me and many friends who use Windows. Having all my windows open grouped together slows down my productivity and makes my experience with windows incredibly frustrating. 

Even I am facing the same issue. Hope Microsoft resolve this issue soon till then switching to windows 10.

Dear Microsoft,
Please stop emphasizing form over function. Most of us who use Windows are trying to get work done as efficiently as possible. Did anybody think what would happen if you opened more than 1 spreadsheet?
Please Microsoft, bring the never combine taskbar icons back. Far too many people rely on it for their daily activities

Worked for me.

however my system tray clock is gone, also lost start menu

Thanks!!

I have serious trouble understanding what kind of a brainworm infestation could a person designing taskbar for Wins 11 have to not only go on with this useless and insulting feature of combining buttons but only make it the only option. 

@hershyyz 

Check this out 
https://github.com/valinet/ExplorerPatcher

Wokred perfeclty for me (you even get a GUI for settings)

@Elboyler FYI I used this DLL and it worked, but I was having weird random stuff happen like the start button would quit working and I'd have to kill/restart explorer.exe.  Removed it and never had that issue again so this isn't a real good solution.