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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
Elmer BeFuddled

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

There should be a d word value in the right hand side named


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
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


And to turn them back on
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


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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