How to Disable the Windows 10 Taskbar Thumbnails

You know those thumbnails that appear when you hold your cursor over an app in the Taskbar? You don’t have to have those always displayed, and this guide will show you how to disable the Taskbar App thumbnails.

taskbar hover card for a windows 10 app

Install Winaero Tweaker

  1. Head over to the download page for Winaero Tweaker and download the app. It’s a small file so the download won’t take very long. Once it’s done open the .zip file and extract the contents to your Downloads folder. From there, double-click the setup file to begin the installation. If you’re prompted with a “Windows protected your PC” screen, click the More info link.
  2. windows installation warning

  3. Click the Run anyway button. Winaero Tweaker is a popular program that has been downloaded countless times – it’s 100% safe to use.
  4. windows installation warning run anyway button

  5. The rest of the installation is very straight forward – mostly you’ll just click ‘next’ a bunch of times. On the final screen, make sure that Run Winaero Tweaker is checked – you can remove the check from the Visit for latest news box – and click Finish
  6. winaero tweaker final setup window

Configure Winaero Tweaker to Disable the Windows 10 Taskbar App Thumbnails

  1. In the navigation panel on the left side of the app locate the Desktop and Taskbar section and then select Taskbar Thumbnails from that list.
  2. taskbar thumbnails section in winaero tweaker

  3. Place a check in the box labelled Disable thumbnails completely
  4. Disable Taskbar Thumbnails using winaero tweaker

  5. Finally, click the Restart Explorer button. This will stop and then restart Explorer.exe, which is a way to ‘refresh’ the Taskbar.
  6. restart windows explorer button

  7. Now when you hover your cursor over any of the apps in your Taskbar, only the small description panel will be displayed – no more thumbnails.
  8. windows taskbar with Taskbar Thumbnails disabled

  9. Take a look through the other options in Winaero Tweaker – there are a lot of them :) You can use it to restore the “old” volume control style in Windows 10 or increase the scrollbar size among many other things.

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