showing titles and icons, NOT images, for alt-tab and taskbar hovering

  1.    09 Mar 2016 #1

    showing titles and icons, NOT images, for alt-tab and taskbar hovering

    I'm a new windows 10 latptop owner, previously used windows 7 with the classic theme. In both win 7 aero and in win 10, I dislike how the use of alt-tab and hovering over taskbar icons shows a series of miniatures images of windows. This is a terrible user interface --- all my windows are dense with text and could be scrolled to any point, so they can't be identified from the image. What I need to see are window titles. Or in the case of alt-tab, icons. Win 10 does show the titles but not stacked vertically, making them difficult to scan by eye. Same with icons---they are tiny little things in a sea of useless image.

    So can I change the win 10 theme to show a vertical stack of window titles when hovering over the taskbar, and to show icons when doing alt-tab switching?

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  2.    09 Mar 2016 #2

    Heh. I asked that ages back, never got an answer. I'll track this thread in case you get more action than I did!
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  3.    14 Mar 2016 #3

    Hi, is this what you're after? (For the taskbar, anyway)
    Taskbar Thumbnail Threshold to Show List - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    It's always worth searching the tutorials or the forum to see if your question's been answered.
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  4.    14 Mar 2016 #4

    I did search months back, but apparently wasn't using the correct keywords. I'm personally not fond of registry editing for something that should be a customization option in settings, but thanks for finding it.

    Tried that just now, and it's not working set at 0, still getting the image for the first window. However, getting the list for more than one window is still a huge improvement. I quite frequently have several notepad2 windows open at a time, several Computer windows open, etc. and having little images pop for tooltips whenever the mouse skates over them was so annoying....
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  5.    14 Mar 2016 #5

    Taskbar Thumbnail Delay Time to Show - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    - you can change the delay time, but it's another thing MS has not exposed in the registry
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