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Windows 7: Can the "preview" windows feature on the taskbar be disabled?


06 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Can the "preview" windows feature on the taskbar be disabled?

If you have several windows open on the taskbar, and you hover over the taskbar it shows you a "preview" of the windows that are open. Is there a way to disable that "preview" feature?


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06 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium O.E.M x64
 
 

I assume you mean the taskbar thumbs.

It requires a registry edit if you are confident enough to mess with registry settings.

Open regedit.exe and navigate to

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
There should be a d word value in the right hand side named

TaskbarNoThumbnail

set its value to 1 to turn off thumbnail previews. Reset to 0 to re-enable thumb nail previews.

A registry (.reg) file to turn off thumbs should look like this
Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoThumbnail"=dword:00000001

And to turn them back on
Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
"TaskbarNoThumbnail"=dword:00000000


Regards Elmer B. Fuddled

OOOPS!! I suppose I should have really mentioned I only use these registry edits when I'm busy in Photoshop.
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06 Jun 2010   #3

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