Windows 7 – Registry Trick To Accelerate Taskbar Thumbnails Preview

Windows 7 – Registry Trick To Accelerate Taskbar Thumbnails Preview

Windows 7 users must be quite familiar with the taskbar thumbnail preview feature. This useful Windows 7 feature has ability to generate preview thumbnails of taskbar items whenever the user moves the mouse pointer over the application/program icon. However, it takes some time to show the preview after the mouse pointer is moved over an icon.

You may use a simple registry trick to accelerate the taskbar thumbnail preview in Windows 7. You just need to follow the below mentioned steps.

  • Click on the “Start” button to display the Start Menu and go to “Run”. Type in “regedit” and press “Enter” to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the below mentioned registry Key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse

  • Within the right window pane, locate “MouseHoverTime” and double-click on it. Alter its value data to “0” and click on the “OK” button so as to save the new value.

  • Exit the Registry Editor. Now, restart your system to make the changes effective.


Once you have made the above changes in the system registry, you may move your mouse pointer over any program icon on the taskbar to verify whether the thumbnail preview is generated faster then before.

Desktop Preview Enabling Or Disabling In Windows7 Operating System

Desktop Preview Enabling Or Disabling In Windows7 Operating System

The latest feature provided by Windows 7 is the Desktop Preview that is also called Aero Peak. The Desktop Preview is actually a feature designed specifically for desktop enhancement functions.

The Desktop Preview allows the user to temporarily minimize those windows that are open, and also make the open windows transparent for previewing what is on the desktop, when the users place their mouse pointer into mouse over that “Show Desktop” bar, which is on the right end of Windows taskbar.

Since the Desktop Preview that is a part of the Aero Peek feature, the Windows 7 should be configured for enabling are turning on the feature of Windows Aero Glass, and it must select a theme provided by Windows.

Process 1: How to Enable or Disable the Desktop Preview through the Taskbar and Via Properties of Start Menu.

  • Firstly, right click on Start button after that click on the Properties. The user has to right click on empty space that is present on the Taskbar, after that click on the Properties.
  • Then Go to Taskbar tab.

  • After that the user will turn on the Desktop Preview, then check or tick the checkbox to enable the option of Desktop Preview.
  • For Turning Off the Desktop Preview, the user will have to uncheck or unclick that checkbox for stopping the Desktop Preview option.
  • After that click OK

Process 2: Turning On or Turning Off the Desktop Preview from Show Desktop Button

  • At first right click on show desktop button that is in the far right side of Windows Taskbar.
  • For turning on the Desktop Preview (i.e. the default configuration), the user has to select the Preview desktop that is present in context menu.

  • For turning off the Desktop Preview, deselect the Preview desktop in the context menu.
  • After that click OK

Enable The Inbox Preview Feature To Preview Your Gmail Inbox

Enable The Inbox Preview Feature To Preview Your Gmail Inbox

If you have a Gmail account, you must have noticed that every time you sign in to your account, it takes some time to load emails in your inbox. The time that you have to wait for depends on the size of your inbox. The bigger it is, the longer you need to hang around.  Many times it so happens that you wait patiently till the inbox opens only to find that there is no fresh email which leads to frustration.

To take care of this issue, Gmail lab has come up with a new feature called “Inbox Preview”. This useful feature helps you preview your Gmail inbox the moment you sign in to your account. By the time Gmail loads the emails in your inbox, Inbox Preview displays a preview that shows 10 recent emails. This allows you to quickly check whether or not you have any fresh emails in your mailbox.

In order to enable Inbox Preview feature, you have to go to ‘settings’ and click on ‘Labs’. Then check for ‘Inbox Preview’ feature, click on the button “Enable ratio” and finally save the settings. You need to logout from your Gmail account and login again for the change to be effective. This feature helps a lot in situations where you have a massive inbox and you are working on a slow internet connection.