Change how buttons appear on the taskbar
You can customize the taskbar, including the appearance of buttons and how they group together when you have multiple windows open.
Watch this video to learn how to change how buttons appear on the taskbar (1:51)
Here are your choices for setting taskbar button appearance:
Always combine, hide labels
This is the default setting. Each program appears as a single, unlabeled button, even when multiple windows for a program are open.
Combine when taskbar is full
This setting shows each window as an individual, labeled button. When the taskbar becomes crowded, programs with multiple open windows collapse into a single program button. Clicking the button displays a list of the windows that are open. Both this setting and Never combine resemble the look and behavior of earlier versions of Windows.
This setting is similar to Combine when taskbar is full, except buttons never collapse into a single button, regardless of how many windows are open. As more programs and windows open, buttons decrease in size and eventually scroll within the taskbar.
To change how programs and buttons appear on the taskbar
Open Taskbar and Start Menu Properties by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Taskbar and Start Menu.
Under Taskbar appearance, select one of the options from the Taskbar buttons list:
To use small icons, select the Use small icons check box. To use large icons, clear the check box.
You might notice that multiple buttons representing the same program remain grouped together on the taskbar, whether you've chosen to display the expanded button labels or not. In previous versions of Windows, windows appeared on the taskbar in the order you opened them, but in Windows 7, related windows always appear next to each other.