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#1 Old 11-14-2008, 11:32 AM
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Previously, on Windows, if you had several internet windows open at once, they would be along your screen in a nice horizontal line, like this (imagine each ___ is an internet window):



___ ___ ___ ___



But now, most computers seem to be set to automatically force the internet windows to go into a pile, hidden in a window that you have to click first (usually says the number of windows, then 'Internet Explorer').



You have to click the first window, then the pile displays its self, like this:



___

___

___



and THEN you can click a window from the pile. The thing that causes this to happen is by leaving the 'Group similar taskbar buttons' option ticked (checked) in the properties menu.



To change this, you usually right-click, choose properties, then simply untick (uncheck) the 'Group similar buttons' option.



But on this computer, I can't right-click on the taskbar area. Anywhere else, fine, just not the taskbar. But I like my windows laid out in front of me, like a load of physical documents, not piled-up like a stack of paper meaning I have to click the pile and find the window I need before I can click it.



So how on earth do I get to the properties menu and change the group similar buttons option? The 'properties' menu under 'File' is not the same one.
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#2 Old 11-14-2008, 11:38 AM
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Open your start menu, and right click inside there to get your properties.



Then choose the taskbar tab in the window that comes up.
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#3 Old 11-14-2008, 11:42 AM
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Open your start menu, and right click inside there to get your properties.



Then choose the taskbar tab in the window that comes up.



Thanks but it's still not letting me right click
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#4 Old 11-14-2008, 12:04 PM
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Right-click your taskbar (the bare part, not any program) and select properties and uncheck "Group Similar Taskbar Buttons".
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Thanks but it's still not letting me right click



can you right-click directly on the Start button? You should still get a properties option there.



Froggy's right btw, you have to make sure that you right click on a bare part of the taskbar. I was assuming that that's what you were doing.
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can you not do something via the control panel (appearance and themes)?
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If none of that works, still...go to:



start-->control panel-->switch to classic view(if you're in category view)-->double click on taskbar and start menu-->taskbar
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can you not do something via the control panel (appearance and themes)?



Yes, that's if you're in Category View. (which I'm not used to, which is why I put "switch to classic view" in my instructions. )
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