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Reorganize Your Taskbar Buttons and Tray Icons in XP/Vista

Whether you are taking screenshots of a portion of your desktop or just prefer to have two apps you are using sitting next to each other on the taskbar, it can be really frustrating that you can’t move the taskbar buttons around. There’s a small utility called Taskbar Shuffle that gives us this power and more.

Once installed, you can simply drag and drop to reorganize the taskbar buttons.


You can also hold down the Ctrl key and reorganize the tray icons… notice that the Outlook icon is in the middle here…


And after moving it now it’s over on the right.


The settings dialog gives a really interesting option, the ability to group tasks but not collapse them into a button… so instead of this:


You get this… you’ll notice the three Windows Live Writer buttons are grouped, but not consolidated into a button.


To set this option, open up the Settings dialog and choose the option for “group tasks but never collapse into one button”.


You’ll also note that you can close windows with a middle click, which makes the taskbar work like Firefox’s tab bar.

Very useful utility, and you don’t necessarily have to keep it running all the time. Just start it up when you want to move the buttons around, and then close it.

Download Taskbar Shuffle

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  • Published 12/21/07

Comments (9)

  1. Barron

    Yep. TaskbarShuffle rules. It and allSnap are my two absolutely must-have desktop organization tools.

  2. Sparks

    I prefer using Taskix, its lighter and you just grab a button and move it.

    and I couldn’t live without Katmouse, its the first thing I put on a new system.
    Katmouse allows you to scroll using your mouse wheel in whatever window your mouse is over

  3. Alex Anderson

    Taskbar Shuffle is great! Thanks for introducing it to me.

  4. Rubén

    I used to have all my QuickLaunch Icons groupped in the upper part of my desktop. Vista doesn´t allow to separate the Quick launch Toolbar… does it?

  5. jd2066

    > I prefer using Taskix, its lighter and you just grab a button and move it.
    Actually Taskbar Shuffle works the same way, can also move tray icons and has settings to control task grouping.
    Though Taskix does have 64-bit support while Taskbar Shuffle does not.
    Not a problem for me though as I use Vista 32-bit on my 64-bit computer.

    > Katmouse allows you to scroll using your mouse wheel in whatever window your mouse is over
    Thanks for the link. Quite useful. I’ve been using that feature in Linux for a while. It was annoying that I couldn’t do that in Vista.

  6. Planet Lowyat

    How can I add SLEEP shortcut in my taskbar?

  7. jd2066

    @Rubén, Planet Lowyat: You should ask your questions in the forum. This page is only for comments on the article. Also more people will see your questions there.

  8. Retronade

    Hi. Are these two graph icons in your screenshots (first und third from left) some kind of network traffic monitors? I need those! Could you give me a name?

  9. Craig

    @Retronade. I believe they are icons for Process Explorer (part of the Sysinternals Suite), and show CPU / RAM utilisation (etc.).

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