I was working on my laptop at home on feedback to a co-author on an R&R. Therefore, I have two different word documents open. I have been annoyed ever since Windows updated to group or stack all open Windows from the same program. It bothers me both at work and at home but more at home where I only have one screen and I frequently go back and forth between two documents or two spreadsheets or two PP files or four SPSS windows. It probably only takes an extra 3-5 seconds every time I want to toggle, but for whatever reason, I find it extremely annoying.
So, after years of dealing with it, I had one of those Aha, maybe I can change it moments. Enter google, and a 2 minute fix and once again, my world feels better.
I found the solution here.
- Right click on task bar
- Choose Taskbar settings or Properties (depends on version of Word)
- In Taskbar tab, find Taskbar Buttons option
- Where it says "Combine taskbar buttons" Choose "Never"
And now each Word (or excel, or PP...) Window is a separate button on your taskbar, and includes the file name.
“The post MS Word tip: Ungrouping windows first appeared on Eva Lefkowitz’s blog on March 22, 2018”