I like Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnail Previews because it shows a window’s contents (albeit just a thumbnail) and quickly swaps open windows. However, you can take a different look at it and think of it as a great mess while you are working.
If that’s true, let me tell you that you can easily disable thumbnail images. When you do that, you will only see the window’s title when you hover over an icon on the taskbar (shown in the image below).


Here is how you can customize the same configuration for your computer. Before that, we also see a thumbnail of the above appear.


Steps to Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview

Make sure you are logged in as the administrator before you start searching into the building steps below.

Step 1: Right-click on Computer (there are many sets to do it from) and click Properties.

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Step 2: Towards the window’s left pane that opens, you’ll find a link for Advanced system settings. Click on this link.

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Step 3: The dialog box for System Properties will open. Keep the highlight on the Advanced tab and click the Settings button under the Performance section.

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Step 4: A new window for Performance Options will pop up. Select the Custom button and then uncheck the option of Enable desktop composition.

Click Apply and Ok before your preview gets resolved by what you want.

Steps for Vista Users / Alternative for Windows 7

If you are a Windows Vista user, you can try to do this through the Local Group Policy. Below are the detailed steps of the step by step process.

Note: This tool is only available in Ultimate, Enterprise, and Professional of Windows Vista and 7.

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R together and run the command gpedit.msc.


Step 2: On the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar from the left pane.


Step 3: Click the Standard tab at the bottom of the interface. Now scroll the list until you encounter Turn off taskbar thumbnails.

Step 4: Double click on the option and check the Enabled button. This will disable thumbnail images on the taskbar.



If you are one of those people who dislike taskbar thumbnail previews, this may come in handy. Give it a try right away and change your experience.

We have some more taskbar thumbnail tips lined up for our Quick Tips section. So keep a watch on our post, lest you miss out on something interesting.