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    Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews in Windows 10
    Published by Category: General Tips
    13 May 2021
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    How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews in Windows 10


    When you hover over the taskbar icon of an opened item (ex: Google Chrome), it will show you a thumbnail preview of its opened windows or tabs.

    If you hover over the thumbnail preview of this item, it will instantly show you a live preview (peek) of only that item on your desktop. If you like, you can change the thumbnail live preview hover delay time to how many milliseconds you want instead of showing the live preview instantly.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing taskbar thumbnail live previews for your account in Windows 10.

    EXAMPLE: Taskbar thumbnail live preview
    Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews in Windows 10-taskbar_thumbnail_live_preview.jpg


    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Enable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews

    This is the default setting.

    This will also enable Peek.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_taskbar_thumbnail_live_previews.bat

    Download

    Contents of .bat file for reference:


    Code:
    @echo off
    
    :: Enable taskbar live thumbnail previews
    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /V DisablePreviewWindow /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F
    
    :: Enable Peek
    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM" /V EnableAeroPeek /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe


    3 To Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Live Previews

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_taskbar_thumbnail_live_previews.bat

    Download

    Contents of .bat file for reference:


    Code:
    @echo off
    
    REG ADD "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /V DisablePreviewWindow /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    start explorer.exe

    4 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    5 Unblock the .bat file, and run it.

    6 You will now notice your screen flicker as a command prompt quickly opens and closes to apply the registry changes and restart explorer.

    7 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 25,645
    Windows 11 Pro 22000.708
       #1

    This did not work for me @Brink
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  2. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Josey Wales said:
    This did not work for me @Brink

    Hey Josey,

    Which part?
    Just to note, it doesn't disable taskbar thumbnail previews, only the live preview of it on the desktop.
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  3. Posts : 25,645
    Windows 11 Pro 22000.708
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hey Josey,

    Which part?
    Just to note, it doesn't disable taskbar thumbnail previews, only the live preview of it on the desktop.
    Oh sorry I thought it did the preview on the taskbar.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Josey Wales said:
    Oh sorry I thought it did the preview on the taskbar.
    No problem.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 96
    windows 10 64 bit home version 1903
       #5

    you people need to get your descriptive terminology straight. i came here wanting to get rid of the popup image that appears when i hover my mouse cursor over a task in the taskbar. sounds like "taskbar thumbnail live preview" to me. Your bat files only enable and disable "aeropeek" which can be turned on and off within windows. guess i will have to do the 'delay hover time' hack?
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  6. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Nubiewithatwist said:
    you people need to get your descriptive terminology straight. i came here wanting to get rid of the popup image that appears when i hover my mouse cursor over a task in the taskbar. sounds like "taskbar thumbnail live preview" to me. Your bat files only enable and disable "aeropeek" which can be turned on and off within windows. guess i will have to do the 'delay hover time' hack?
    I'm not sure how to make it more clear than this below at the top of the tutorial:

    When you hover over the taskbar icon of an opened item (ex: Google Chrome), it will show you a thumbnail preview of its opened windows or tabs.

    If you hover over the thumbnail preview of this item, it will instantly show you a live preview (peek) of only that item on your desktop.



    It sounds like you are wanting to disable the taskbar thumbnail previews instead. Correct, you can set a high time for the ExtendedUIHoverTime DWORD below to disable taskbar thumbnail previews.

    Change Delay Time to Show Taskbar Thumbnails in Windows 10
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  7. Posts : 96
    windows 10 64 bit home version 1903
       #7

    Correct; i want to change the delay time, since it can't simply be turned off. thanks
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  8. Posts : 27
    Windows 10
       #8

    Live thumbnail previews are broken with 20H1 and 20H2 insider previews!
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    gate1975mlm said:
    Live thumbnail previews are broken with 20H1 and 20H2 insider previews!
    Hello mate,

    They're working for me in build 19608.

    What are you seeing instead?
      My Computers


 

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