How to Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Windows 8.1/8/7

Microsoft Introduced a new taskbar thumbnail preview feature in their recent Windows Versions that includes popular Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 It is a very good feature to have it on your windows but there are situations when you might get irritated by the taskbar thumbnail preview of the running applications whenever you hover your mouse cursor over the running application’s button in Taskbar. This feature displays the running status of the application at that moment while making all other running applications windows transparent in case of Windows 7. Though some users found this feature very cool and premium but there are users who often get frustrated by this feature therefore today here in this article I will tell you how to disable taskbar thumbnail preview in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

How to Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Windows 8.1/8/7 – Steps to Follow

Method – 1 : Using Third Party Apps

There are several free third party applications available online with the help of which you can easily customize various taskbar options including Taskbar Thumbnails Preview. Here below are the two most popular software’s that you can install to disable taskbar thumbnail preview.

Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner

Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner allows you to modify several settings of taskbar thumbnails in Windows 7 and Windows 8. You can adjust margins, size of thumbnails, fade in delay as well as some other options what inaccessible through default Windows settings.

7+ Taskbar Tweaker 4.5

7+ Taskbar Tweaker allows you to configure various aspects of the Windows taskbar. Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.The tweaker is designed for Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 8.1 Look for the Hovering section and check the box ‘nothing’.

How to Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Windows 8.1/8/7 - Taskbar Tweaker

Method – 2 : Using Registry Editor

  • Open RUN Command box and type regedit as shown below.

How to Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Windows 8.1/8/7 -Regedit

  • Now In the Registry Editor Go to the following location


Note – If the Explorer Key doesn’t exist then right click on Policies and click New -> Key and name it as “Explorer”.

  • Now In the right window pane right click and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name it as TaskbarNoThumbnail
  • Double click on TaskbarNoThumbnail to modify its data value as per your need.

1 – to disable taskbar preview.
0 – to enable taskbar preview.

  • Restart your computer and that’s it now you will no longer see Taskbar Thumbnail previews.

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