Windows 11 offers a plethora of new features and a new design, although Microsoft has removed some important features found in previous versions of Windows. For example, the much talked about “Never Combine” taskbar icon feature is missing in Windows 11. To fix this, Windows developers have developed a tool to bring back the taskbar capability.
For those unaware, the “Never Combine” icon feature is essentially taskbar tab grouping. When enabled, the Taskbar Buttons drop-down menu shows individual taskbar buttons for each window and shows app labels on the taskbar buttons. If you do not want Windows to combine the taskbar buttons for a single app and hide the app label, you must select the ‘Never Combine’ option.
Last month, the taskbar capability was spotted on a Windows 11 Dev Channel Insider build, suggesting that Microsoft is working on it. However, you won’t have to wait that long for the ability to arrive, as a third-party tool called “Shell Frosting”, developed by Albacore, can help you with taskbar tab grouping. However, the app may crash more frequently due to the underlying code being “unstable”, according to the developer.
You keep asking for the updated Windows 11 taskbar with ungrouped items and labels. While the code is unstable, a little magic can bring it to life and fix critical crashes.
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The “Never Combine” option is one of the highly requested features in Windows 11. Many people haven’t upgraded to Windows 11 simply because of that one missing feature. The sooner Microsoft introduces it in Windows 11, the better. But there are some third-party tools like StartAllBack and Shell Frost that can help you with tab grouping in Windows 11 taskbar. However, StartAllBack is not completely free as you need to purchase a license after the 100 days free trial.
The Shell Frosting app is not available in the Microsoft Store. To you Get Shell Frosting from GitHubAnd it’s completely free for everyone running Windows 11.