Group Similar Taskbar Buttons on Windows XP



14 years ago
13 years ago


(Reporter: cristo morlan, Unassigned)


Windows XP

Firefox Tracking Flags

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040113

On Windows XP with "Group Similar Taskbar Buttons" selected, the Browswer and
Mail/Newsgroup buttons do not group together into the same buttons as expected.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Right Click on Taskbar.
2. Select "Group Similar Taskbar Buttons"
3. Open Mozilla Browser and Mail/News.

Actual Results:  
Both "programs" occupy seperate taskbar buttons even though they spawn from the
same program, using up double the taskbar space.

Expected Results:  
If Mozilla is built for Windows XP then it should follow this protocal and group
it's taskbar buttons.  This problem will still exist when Thunderbird and
Firebird are incorporated into the Mozilla Suite.

Comment 1

14 years ago
I should add that this is an intermittant problem...

Comment 2

14 years ago
wfm in 1.6.  Cristo, under what conditions is this reproducible, and when is it
otherwise intermittent?  Is it possibly related at all to the number of total
applications open?  I think default for windows is to group least used
applications first, so if you have other apps open that you use less often,
they'll group before mozilla windows.

Comment 3

14 years ago
This is done automatically by Windows; it is not something Mozill has to do for
itself. Merely opening two windows spawned by the same app will not necessarily
cause them to group; you have to have what Windows detects to be a
close-to-too-many amount of taskbar buttons before it starts to group, and then
it beings grouping the least-used applications. (This can be changed using
Microsoft's TweakUI powertoy to automatically group when "x" windows from the
same app are open or to start grouping the apps with the most windows before the
ones that are simply least-used, but these settings are not the default.)

I'm positive this will work if you (the bug reporter) open several other
windows--for example, the browser, composer, mail, as well as several other
Windows apps, like Notepad, Calculator, and others. (Browser and Mail group for
me all the time.)

As for Mozilla Firebird and Thunderbird, they won't group because they'll be
separate processes. Windows won't know they have anything to do with each
other--because they don't, unless they ever get that centralized GRE thing
figured out. But even then they won't, because they'll still be separate apps.

In other words, I'm sure this is the correct behavoir. I'm tempted to resolve
this bug as invalid--don't take it personally, it just means it's not a Mozilla
bug. :-)

But if you still there there is a problem, I'll wait a little while.

Comment 4

14 years ago
Works for me also.

Comment 5

14 years ago
I find that this is intermittant at worst on WinXp and agree it's prolly an XP
quirt.  Go ahead and kill this bug :-P

Comment 6

14 years ago
You - being the reporter - can kill this bug yourself (actually you *should* if
you don't think it is a problem [anymore]). Just resolve it as WORKSFORME.

Comment 7

14 years ago
Resolving as WORKSFORME.
Last Resolved: 14 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Product: Browser → Seamonkey
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