Microsoft has completely revamped Windows 11’s UI adopting a minimalistic look. The first thing you’ll notice about the OS is the new taskbar design. While you can customize the taskbar settings and change its size, position, and color, certain options are no longer available.
For example, the Never Combine option is no longer supported on Windows 11. Instead, the OS relies on icon grouping to keep things as simple and clutter-free as possible. If you want to bring the Never Combine feature back, you’ll need to use other methods to get the job done.
How to Enable Never Combine Taskbar Buttons on Windows 11
Install the Explorer Patcher for Windows 11
To restore the Never Combine taskbar feature on Windows 11, install the Explorer Patcher app. You can download Explorer Patcher from GitHub.
To enable this option, go to the Releases section on GitHub, and download the dxgi dll. Then simply put the dxgi dll into the Windows folder (C:\Windows), and restart your device. Check if you can tweak your taskbar settings and enable Never Combine.
If the option is not available, launch Command Prompt with admin rights and run the following command: taskkill /f /im explorer.exe. Wait until your computer downloads the symbol files from Microsoft, and check if the classic taskbar is available now.
To customize your settings, launch the Explorer Patcher app, and click on the Taskbar menu. Then select the option that says Enable missing system tray icons.
As the app developer explains, Explorer Patcher restores dormant Windows 10 functionalities that are no longer available in the latest OS releases. The app lets you restore the Always Combine, Combine when full, and Never Combine feature in the main and secondary taskbars on Windows 11.
Of course, if you think all that is too complicated, you can always downgrade to Windows 10.
If you want to restore the Never Combine taskbar option on Windows 11, download the Explorer Patcher app from GitHub. This app lets you restore and tweak dormant Windows 10 functionalities on Windows 11, including taskbar grouping options.
Did you manage to bring back the Never Combine option and prevent taskbar buttons from grouping? Let us know in the comments below.