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Windows 7: Taskbar thumbnail wont turn off

15 May 2009   #11

Windows 7

yes. these are not even documented yet and by default not present but you can create em as descibed

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07 Jul 2009   #12

Win 7

Hi All,
I turned off Task Thumbnail using gpedit and also edited registry entry as you people said.But Nothing changes.Any idea on this?
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07 Jul 2009   #13

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Krish, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The ability to turn off Taskbar thumbnail previews has been disabled in Windows 7. It is permantently turned on now.


You can now disable taskbar thumbnail previews. :)

Taskbar Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable
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08 Jul 2009   #14

Win 7

Hi Shawn,
Thanks for your reply.
GPEdit setting corresponding to Preview should not be there..Right?I feel there is no meaning in keeping it in GPEdit.
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08 Jul 2009   #15

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I'm not certain why they left it in gpedit since it no longer works, but it's not the only one in there that does not work anymore though.

Maybe they will be gone by the final release.
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01 Aug 2009   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Edition

This isn't quite solved yet. While setting ExtendedUIHoverTime high enough keeps them from appearing during a regular rollover, they still appear at times for me.

For example: Drag a task around the taskbar a little bit and then release it. With your mouse still on it, click it and then move your mouse. The thumbnail will appear again.

I want these damned things GONE! Like we had in Vista. Why does MS insist on removing useful options like this? I'll run a modified Explorer.exe if I have to, I just don't know where to look to disable these.
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21 Oct 2009   #17

Windows 7 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cko View Post
yes. these are not even documented yet and by default not present but you can create em as descibed
Thanks for these settings. I use RocketDock just above that taskbar and those thumbnails blocking everything and stuff going transparent was driving me mad!!
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02 Aug 2010   #18

Win 7 x64

What an annoyance this is, I cannot fathom why Microsoft will not allow users to turn this junk off. Adjusting MouseHoverTime is hardly a solution. Tried RocketDock but not really a good solution either. I just cut to the crunch and switched to a non-aero theme, makes Windows 7 incredibly boring looking but that's the way Microsoft wants it to be. So much for looking after users who've been with them since day one. A hundred thumbs down to this single most annoying feature of Win 7.
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03 Aug 2010   #19

Win 7 x64

Switching to a non-aero theme helped somewhat but now I wish I could do away with program grouping altogether, What I'd like to see is one icon on the taskbar for an application regardless of how many windows it has open. I switch between apps plenty and these groupings are a royal pain indeed.

Windows 7 on a non-aero theme is quite drab I must say. It's also interesting to see how many application developers have become reliant on Aero. The new CS5 does a few strange things with aero turned off. Either way, with a non-aero theme my experience is somehwat less frustrating than before, at least all the taskbar thumbnails are gone.

Going to spend a bit of time tonight looking at some shell replacements to see if I can get rid of program groupings altogether. Anyone know of anything good?

Just to feedback, I downloaded ObjectDock and it's just what I been looking for, no more taskbar thumbnails and no more program groupings.
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