Saturday, October 2, 2010


Disable Or Enable Thumbnail Previews In Windows 7 Taskbar

Taskbar Thumbnails can be turned off by customizing Group Policy in Windows 7. There are a number of customizations that can be made to the Superbar from the Group Policy Editor. Remember, I counted 355 options under (Group Policy)  the Start Menu. It might be more or less depending on your Windows 7 version.

Here I am going to show you how to turn off the taskbar thumbnails on the Superbar. Then on your own you can scroll through the different items you can modify until your heart is content.

So how you enable or disable thumbnail previews in Windows 7 is follow these instructions:
  • 1. Click on start and type on search bar gpedit.msc and press enter
  • 2. Now navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar in left window of the Group Policy Editor as shown in figure below. You will notice in the right window all of the options I talked about before.
  • 3. Locate “Turn off Taskbar Thumbnails” in right window of the Group policy editor and double click on it.
  • 4. Select Disable and then click apply as shown in figure below.
  • 5. Now check your Taskbar. You should now show just the file names instead of pictures.


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