A thumbnail of taskbar labels in Windows 10 on a blue background

Remember the good ol’ days when you could see the names of open windows listed directly on the Windows taskbar? Thanks to a setting in Windows 10, we can easily get that feature back. Here’s how.

First, right-click the Taskbar and select “Taskbar settings.” (You can also find this same screen by heading to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.)

By default, Windows 10 hides open application windows under a single taskbar button that looks like the app’s icon. We’re going to change that.

In Taskbar settings, click the menu labeled “Combine taskbar buttons.”

In the pop-up list that appears, select “Never.”

Select "Never" from the list.

Instantly, you’ll notice that any open windows listed on your taskbar now show labels as well as the app icon.

An example of a Windows 10 taskbar with visible button labels.

If you’re happy with that, close Settings, and you’re all set. It’s like Windows 95 all over again! Well, almost.

If you change your mind, you can always undo it by selecting “Always hide labels” in the “Combine taskbar buttons” menu. Happy computing!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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