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Windows 7: How to disable the taskbar popups?

14 Apr 2010   #1

Windows XP and 7 (with Debian Squeeze in a VM)
How to disable the taskbar popups?

OK, maybe I am just blind, but how can I disable the popups that come when I hover a taskbar item?

Just wondering.

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14 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

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Before attempting registry editing, please backup your registry

This should effectively turn them off by disabling balloon tips and raising the mouseover time.

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable


HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced

EnableBalloonTips > 0/1 (0 to disable)
ThumbnailLivePreviewHoverTime > Time in MS (I.E. 11111 [11 sec])

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced]
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14 Apr 2010   #3

Windows XP and 7 (with Debian Squeeze in a VM)

Ah, seems that it solves my problem. Thank you. :)
(There is no way to disable them only if there is only one window, so they would be pointless anyway?)
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14 Apr 2010   #4
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

I don't know, I don't really notice them much, usually right click to close the window before I notice teh popup.
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14 Apr 2010   #5

Windows XP and 7 (with Debian Squeeze in a VM)

OK, thanks anyway. :)
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19 Apr 2010   #6

Alternative solution for Taskbar Hover problem

I gave up fighting with the annoying taskbar "jack-in-the-box" popups, so I threw my taskbar to the top of the screen where my mouse rarely goes anyway. Here's how:

Taskbar - Move Location on Desktop Screen

1. right-click the taskbar
2. click "Properties" from the menu
3. from the "Taskbar location on screen" drop-down menu, choose "Top"
4. click "Apply"
5. click "OK"

Now, with the taskbar at the top of the screen, "popups" will only drop downward ("popdowns"). And you have to go out of your way to reach them at the top of the screen.

Yeah, yeah, it looks strange, but I'm liking it better than the frequent, accidental mouse-overs near the bottom of my screen.
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