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Windows 7: Turn off taskbar "popups" (not thumbnails)

22 Jan 2010   #21

Windows 7 Professional 64

I just registered to say thanks for this thread. The ExtendedUIHoverTime dword worked for me. The value wasn't originally there, but after I created it and restarted explorer, the popups are no longer occuring.

After finding this thread, I searched around a little more and found a page with some step by step instructions:

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable

I missed changing the dword value to decimal initially, which meant the time I input at 2 seconds changed itself to a little over 8 seconds. Maybe setting this value too high breaks it, so make sure it's in decimal, so you can properly input it in milliseconds.

You also need to restart explorer for this to take effect. I killed it in my task manager, then just ran "explorer.exe" again through the task manager's run command. Rebooting should work, too.

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25 May 2011   #22

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
Caveat -- kills network popup

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BFG View Post
Change the following key

ExtendedUIHoverTime to a really big time like 65536 and the pop-up will be gone
CAVEAT: if you make it a really big number -- I happened to type in 5000000 -- all/some/many/a few of the popups for the system icon tray stop functioning. I.e., hovering-over and clicking-on the network-connections icon both go dead (double-clicking still works.) Setting ExtendedUIHoverTime to a smaller random number ("5000" or "65536") does not trigger the side effect. No clue why.

PS: thanks for the hover solution. Whenever I upgrade Windows, I seem to spend a lot of time learning how to undo the Microsoft UI changes... be nice if they could publish a consolidated list both of a) the UI changes in a given Windows release and b) how to un-do each of the UI changes in a given Windows release.
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23 Nov 2011   #23


Goes some bit, but a popup still comes up (instantly) when I right-click on a firefox button and then do not select anything from the menu.* This popup lists the open firefox windows (basically reproducing the taskbar in vertical, duh...) and doesn't go away until I've selected a different firefox window or have hovered over the menu and then clicked into the window behind it.

*yes I know, there's "no reason" for doing this. I do it when I periodically clean up my browser windows, just right-clicking on them displays them, if I don't need them anymore I can directly click close, if not I go check the next window, and then the popup appears...
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25 May 2017   #24


Script on AutoHotkey to hide Pop-ups:
SetTimer HidePopUp, 100

HidePopUp() {
    If WinExist("ahk_class tooltips_class32 ahk_exe explorer.exe") {
        ; ControlGetText popup ; Get text of Pop-up
        WinGetPos x, y, w, h
        ; Get taskbar control area screen coordinate
            ControlGetPos xT, yT, wT, hT, MSTaskListWClass1, ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
            WinGetPos xw, yw,,, ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd
            xT+=xw, yT+=yw
        ; Pop-up in taskbar control area
        If (x+w//2>xT && x<(xT+wT) && y>yT-h && y+h<yT+hT) {
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28 May 2018   #25

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)

Just to close out this topic with an updated answer (that works using 7+ Taskbar Tweaker):
Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums
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