In Windows 7 Microsoft made it so that multiple windows from the same application are grouped into the same icon, and when it comes to Internet Explorer it treats each tab as a window. That means if you have two tabs open in Internet explorer the Taskbar icon will show two previews when you click on it (like the screenshot above). Having it show all of the tab previews whenever you click on the Internet Explorer icon may get annoying since it takes an extra click to pass focus back to Internet Explorer, but you can always disable the feature.
To disable the IE tab previews in Windows 7 these are the steps you need to take:
- In Internet Explorer click the gear icon in the upper-right corner, and choose Internet Options:
- You should already be on the General tab. Click the Settings button in the Tabs section:
- Uncheck the Show previews for individual tabs in the taskbar option:
- Restart Internet Explorer
Now with that in place the next time that you click on the Internet Explorer icon it will switch to the app rather than displaying a list of tabs that have been open in the browser.