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Tips & Tricks for Windows Operating Systems.

Disable or customize taskbar grouping (XP)
Disable taskbar grouping

Right-click the taskbar, and select Properties.
Uncheck Group similar taskbar buttons.

Customize taskbar grouping

The taskbar buttons are grouped when you have three or more windows of the same program open. You can change this value:[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\ Advanced "TaskbarGroupSize" =dword:00000003 "00000003" is the default value. Change it to what you want.

Restore the show desktop shortcut in the taskbar's quick launch toolbar

Go to C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch In this folder, create a text file named ShowDesktop.scf with the following content:

Grayed out toolbar

If everything is grayed out when you right click the taskbar and point to toolbars, you need to enable Internet Explorer on Tweak UI's IE4 tab. You may also need to enable the active desktop and allow changes to the active desktop, also on the IE4 tab.

Put the modem status in the system tray
Windows XP

Network Connections > {Right-click your connection}> Properties > General > Show icon in notification area when connected

Windows 98

Dial-Up Networking > {Right click your connection}> Properties > General > Configure > Options > Display modem status

Put Network Icon In System tray (XP)

To put an icon in your Windows XP system tray that shows when programs are using your network connection, choose Start, Control Panel, Network Connections, right-click the network connection you want to monitor, choose Properties, check Show icon in notification area when connected, and click OK.

Add a Folder to the Taskbar

Right click on the Tasksbar, and select Toolbars and click New Toolbar. Browse to the Folder you want and all the items in your chosen folder will be added to your taskbar. You can remove the toolbar from the Taskbar by right-clicking on the tasksbar and choosing the item to remove the check mar