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Windows 7: taskbar popups hover/thumbnails/list customization

02 Feb 2016   #1

W7 Home Premium, W7 Professional, W8.1
taskbar popups hover/thumbnails/list customization

I know this has been discussed in the past (tweak programs, regedits, gpedit.msc, control panel settings, etc.) but a lot of the info may be dated and some was version and build specific.

As of Feb 2016, what are people doing?

I have Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

When you open a window, it creates an icon/link on the taskbar--whether a browser window, folder, or program such as a Word document. These are spread out and take up a lot of room. I'd like to have the links appear as a list rather than thumbnails. I'd also like to have only 1 icon/link button for Word, 1 for each Firefox open window, 1 for Explorer, etc., rather than a spread out button for each document/instance/whatever. So when you hover over the Word icon, a list of open word documents would appear, and when you hover over firefox, a list of the open windows would appear, etc..

On my Windows 8 laptop the icons/links are stacked, rather than spread out; this is better. Is there a way to do that on the Windows 7? Then have the stack of links/icon popup as a list rather than thumbnails?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Feb 2016   #2

W7 Home Premium, W7 Professional, W8.1

These settings have given me what I wanted: The icons stack ("combine") on the taskbar and display as lists instantly when hovering.

Taskbar and Start Menu Properties: Lock the taskbar; Taskbar buttons: Always combine, hide labels.

Computer / Properties /Advanced system settings / System Properties / Advanced / Settings Performance / uncheck Enable desktop composition.

Start / Control Panel / Folder Options / View / Uncheck display file icon on thumbnails.

regedit.exe: HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced/ExtendedUIHoverTime/DWORD (32-bit) Value Hexadecimal 1/Decimal 1
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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