Older Windows platforms had taskbar tabs for minimized windows.These tabs display the title of the minimized window next to the icon on the taskbar.Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft excluded the taskbar tab.Right now we only have icons on the taskbar without any extra labels.
Do you like those old taskbar tabs?If so, you can restore them differently in Windows 11 and 10.Next, we'll show you how to restore taskbar tabs on Microsoft's latest desktop platform.
How to Restore Taskbar Tabs in Windows 10
Windows 10's taskbar hides tabs by default.However, the platform does include a built-in taskbar setting that you can use to restore tabs.Therefore, you don't need any additional third-party software to bring tabs back to Windows 10.Just change the settings of the merged taskbar buttons as follows:
1. Click Start at the far left of the taskbar.
2. Select the Settings (gear) option on the Start menu.
3. Click the Personalization category.
4. Then select Settings on the left taskbar.
5. Click the drop-down menu for Merge Taskbar Button Settings and select Never.
6. Now several software windows are opened.You'll see that their taskbar windows also include labels next to the icons, just like before in the XP and Vista days.
How to restore taskbar tabs in Windows 11
Windows 11's Settings app doesn't include a combined taskbar button setting.However, you can still passStartAllBackCustom software restores taskbar tabs for Microsoft's latest desktop platforms.StartAllBackis a relatively new desktop app that includes Windows 11's various taskbar and start menu customization options.
StartAllBack is not freeware, it retails for $4.99.You can try the full version for a 30-day trial period, or even continue in a limited mode. StartAllBack's combined taskbar button setting for restoring tabs remains in effect after the trial period expires.Here's how to restore taskbar tabs in Windows 11 with StartAllBack:
1. Open the StartAllBack website.
2. Click Download v3.3.5 on the website.
3. Press Win + E to start the file manager.
4. Bring up the folder where you downloaded the StartAllBack installation file.
5. Then double-click the StartAllBack_3.3.5_setup.exe file.
6. Click the "Install for me" option.
7. The StartAllBack configuration window opens automatically after installation.Select the taskbar tab on the left side of the window.
8. Turn on the "Use the enhanced classic taskbar" option if it is not already enabled by default.
9. Select Never in the Combine Taskbar Button drop-down menu.
Then, you will find a tab for the StartAllBack window on the taskbar.All other minimized windows will also have tabs.Open some more software and see what the difference is.
Since tabbed windows take up more taskbar space, it's best to move Windows 11's centralized icons to the left.Then, you'll have more taskbar space to the right of those icons, and windows will minimize it.Unchecking the Center task icons check box on the StartAllBack taskbar tab will move the icons to the left.
You can also explore other options on StartAllBack's taskbar tab.For example, you can change the start menu icon to the Windows 7 or 10 start button.You can switch to this button by selecting one of the four alternate Start buttons displayed on this tab.
The on-screen taskbar position setting is another nice setting in StartAllBack.By changing this setting, the taskbar can be moved to a different location.To do this, click Taskbar Position on the drop-down menu on the screen and select Top, Right, or Left.
It's important to note that you can't manually open StartAllBack with Windows 11's search tool.When you need to bring up the program's configuration window, open the control panel first.Select the Small Icons option from View by Menu.You can then select StartAllBack in the Control Panel to open its window.
Restore old-style taskbar tabs
The great thing about taskbar tabs is that their window titles give you a clearer picture of what software you've minimized.However, these tabs also take up more taskbar space.Some Windows traditionalists may prefer to bring back these labels.Anyway, you can restore them in Windows 11 and 10 with the methods above and see what they look like.
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