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I thought this was a simple question, but from perusing dozens of boards, it seems that most people refer to thumb previews. I'm interested in turning off the annoying hover task list in the taskbar. I have turned off thumbs. But I cannot seem to turn off the list.

I've tried the hover time setting and that doesn't work either.

I can't post a picture in here, so I'll try to describe it:

You have your taskbar set to NOT group. So you have, say, 2 Windows Explorer icons on your taskbar. When you mouse over them, a list (not thumb) appears telling you what you have open. I don't want a list. That's why I set it to NOT group. So each one stands on its own and I don't need a list when I mouse over.

Thanks in advance for any help you might have.

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7+ Taskbar Tweaker can do that.

Screenshot with 'Hovering' section outlined

It's lightweight, it's powerful and you will never want to work without it anymore ;)

Another 7+TT's feature you may be interested in is the Combining section: you can disable window combining without enabling labels (as seen in the screenshot). One application's windows will still be grouped, but not combined:

GIMP windows shown grouped, but not combined in the taskbar

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Thank you very much!! – user2324845 Sep 3 '13 at 20:02
Glad I could help. You can say "thank you" by upvoting or accepting my answer :) – gronostaj Sep 3 '13 at 20:42

Here's a way to do it without installing any software:

According to Gokul T.'s answer in, while you can disable the thumbnail previews, you can't disable the hover list completely; however, you can apply a delay so that it doesn't show up unless you leave the cursor there for a while. Here are the instructions:

You can disable the taskbar thumbnail feature (sort of) in Windows 7 using a registry edit. This can be done by setting the taskbar thumbnail preview hover delay to a large value (say 10000 milliseconds or more), so that the preview is not immediately generated when you hover over a taskbar icon.

  1. Click Start, type regedit.exe and press ENTER

  2. Navigate to the following location:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

  3. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named ExtendedUIHoverTime

  4. Double-click ExtendedUIHoverTime and click Decimal

  5. To increase the hover delay to 5 seconds, type 5000. Type 10000 for 10 seconds and so forth…

  6. Exit the Registry Editor.

  7. Restart your computer.

I tested this, and it seems to work.

Alternatively, if you don't feel like navigating around in the registry editor's interface, here's a script that should add the key with a delay of 10 seconds. Just copy the following to a text editor:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


...and save it as a .reg file. You should then be able to double-click the file to automatically apply the changes in the registry. NOTE: I haven't tested this method, so I can't guarantee it works.

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