Customizing Taskbar - Remove Thumbnail Preview

Nov 20, 2013

How do I remove the thumbnail preview thing form the windows on the task bar? I'm finding them to be more annoying than useful.

How do I make new windows open at the end of the task bar, rather than beside similar windows?

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Permanently Display Video Player Taskbar Preview Thumbnail?

Mar 4, 2014

Is there a way to make this taskbar thumbnail preview stay visible permanently ?

So I can continue using the PC / Browsing etc and have that preview stay active ?

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Aug 19, 2014

I have a problem here, in the last two days, I can't see any preview of my pictures (not only pictures, but videos too). I've tried cleaning the old thumbnails using Disk Cleanup, but no work. Trying to untick the "Always show icon, not thumnail" in Folder Options, don't work too. Here is the screenshot:

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Apr 22, 2014

I have some trouble with thumbnail windows in tasks bar. A few days ago, maybe after official last windows update, but not sure, I found a very vexing bug in task bar. When I hover on task bar icons, the thumbnail windows pop-up and when I hover in it all the preview windows is goind under the opened windows but the thumbnail windows is still accessible so I even can close it but I can't see it. It's very inconvenient especially with couple of opened windows.

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Apr 30, 2014

Every since I updated my 8.1 to update 1 I have this annoying bug, the taskbar miniatures stop appearing and instead i have this annoying tooltip with whatever program's name I hovered last, that insists in staying above all other windows:

The only way to fix it is rebooting my computer, but it just comes back after a while.

I haven't found any link to any open program, any way I can debug this to find out why this is happening? I'm close to formatting the computer because of this annoyance.

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Windows 8.1 - Application Preview From Taskbar

Apr 13, 2014

Recently I installed latest Windows 8.1 update (Update 1/Spring update), and later latest Beta Nvidia driver. After that, an strange problem showed up. I recorded a video which represents it (look at the thumbnail 'hiding' under the previewed application ).

I'm using UxStyle and this theme: Windows 8.1 White Titlebar Dark theme by x0lis on deviantART . I tried:

Uninstalling UxStyle and themeInstalling 'normal' Nvidia driverDoing sfc /scannow but it didn't find anything particular (something about prncacla.inf, but I don't think that this causes this problem)Scanning system with antivirus (KIS 2014)Turning off and on option 'Enable preview' in Advanced setting -> PerformanceChanging theme to otherSearching about this in Google and this forum, but I didn't find anything similar but nothing worked.

Well I didn't tried uninstalling Update 1, but I would like to avoid that.

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Preview Of Selected Miniature In Taskbar Not Displayed?

Apr 8, 2014

when hovering over a miniature in the taskbar, normally, and waiting for an instance, a full screen preview is displayed of the selected miniature. However, since a day or two, this is not the case anymore.

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How To Remove Pictures From Row At Lock Screen Preview

Mar 18, 2014

I made the mistake of including family photos in the lock screen choices.

I am trying to remove family pictures from the row at the lock screen preview. I don't want to change a lot of other things along the way if possible. I was hoping I could just right click the 3 family pictures and remove them but they won't go. The piano is the one I see and that is alright but the 3 to the right are the ones I want to clear. Is there a way to do this?

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Jul 18, 2013

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Oct 17, 2013

Just upgraded to 8.1, and now I have an annoying ENG in the task bar.

I went through the tutorial on this page and it didn't seem to work.

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Feb 10, 2014

In windows 8 it was removed and I was happy (I have a keyboard so I just use hotkeys), but in 8.1 it turns on by default and I can't see how to switch it back off.

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Remove Hardware Icon In Taskbar?

Jun 5, 2014

Windows 8.1 .... I cannot get rid of the safely remove hardware icon no matter WHAT i do. It is currently displaying 3 dots ... and thats it. If i stuff in a usb stick, it will register the stick, and allow me to right click it/eject.. then instead of the icon disappearing, it stays and just shows 3 dots >.<

Is this another one of those onedrive/cloud situations where microsoft made it permanent and we are just supposed to deal?

Any way to get rid of this? If it truly is NOT supposed to be there, any way to find out what is causing it to stay/be popped up?

I literally just went through and installed Wifi drivers for a wifi card ive never even used that came w/ my mobo. BT drivers for a bt card that came w/ my mobo. VGA drivers for haswells on die gpu which is disabled. Marvell controller and disk drivers for the Marvell sata/raid controller on board that is disabled/unused... and enabled my serial port in the UEFI in case that was causing it as well.

Still no luck - which leaves me posting here and trying to uninstall and clean up the thrashing/mess/hurt I just put on my HDD

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May 11, 2014

I have recently updated to 8.1 update 1 and noticed that there is a new icon (next to the time) in the taskbar to choose either the US or UK layout of the keyboard.

I have chosen the UK layout and wish to now remove this from the taskbar.Is it possible to remove it from the taskbar?

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Oct 30, 2012

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Dec 8, 2013

I just got a laptop that has a touch keyboard which I never plan to use. I have Start8 running and I use only the desktop UI. I go to task bar properties/toolbars and uncheck the touch keyboard apply and OK, and the icon disappears as it should. But when I restart it has returned. Is there a way to get rid of it..

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Mar 11, 2014

I recently downloaded "Clover" after reading a tweaks thread, because it seemed cool, and It is pretty cool. The issue I have with it is on the taskbar tab it shows that ugly green image.

how to remove the name clover and its icon/image?

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Customizing Shortcuts By Modifying Registry

Sep 15, 2014

I read in another forum that you can stop Windows from adding "- Shortcut" to shortcuts by modifying the following registry key:


To do so, you have to change the binary data from 1e 00 00 00 to 00 00 00 00.

I did this and it works great. I want to go a bit further, however.

Whenever I create shortcuts to files that have an extension (e.g. .txt) the shortcut ends up having the file extension as well.

I was wondering, is there any way to modify the same registry setting (or some other one) to also remove the extension for shortcuts?

Is there any way I can find out how to interpret registry binary data so I know what to change? How can I find out what each bit does?

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Nov 18, 2013

My DPI is currently on 250% and I like it this way. The problem is that the elements of my windows seem too big now and take up too much space.

If you open "My PC", the bar with "Name", "Type", "Available Space", etc is too thick. Is there no way to decrease the size of this bar and perhaps strip the entire layout like in good old XP? I don't need Groups/Categories twirl down menu, my current directory address/location, back&forth buttons, etc. I just need it simple and compact.

Few tips or tools on manual customization of windows layout? I tried googling but I only found out how to manually resize scroll bars Scrollbar - Change Width Size in Windows 8 ...

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Feb 24, 2014

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Feb 13, 2013

I went from XP to Windows 8 Pro. With XP, a pictures folder allowed the icons to represent a small version of the picture; the filmstrip option was a nice bonus.

With Windows 8, the icon, no matter what size, has a generic look to it--same for all the pictures. I enable Preview Pane, and the same thing happens. No preview of the picture on the preview pane, just a much larger generic icon.

I see screen views on the web of it actually working, but I can't get it to.

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Jan 29, 2014

My problem is that all my thumbnails that would normally show as the actual picture in any file or folder including ones saved to the desktop have all been replaced with a windows generic mountain and sun cartoon. The only way I can see what any individual picture file is to physically click on it and open it up in a viewer. This is a royal pain to try to find any individual picture to say the least.

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Jun 15, 2013

Every time I turn my laptop on, I lose my thumbnails and it has to reload them. I've tried today to go through a few refreshes/reinstalls, and I'll occasionally be able to keep them, but then I just start losing them again.

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Aug 3, 2014

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Thumbnail At The Bottom Of Folder Window Missing

Apr 3, 2014

On the other Windows PCs I've used, there has always been a small thumbnail at the bottom of the window showing details of the item/photo selected, but with Window 8, this is missing.

Some details are there, but they are not easy to take in at a glance and I really miss the thumbnail preview. Also, and this is really annoying - the details don't state the size of videos. I'm not going to rundown Windows yet again, as I'm hoping I'm missing something simple.

Is there a way to get this feature back? I've worked hard to make 8 useable, but this little, yet much missed, detail eludes me. Although I'm sure more annoyances will come along .

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Jan 25, 2014

I think many people will move to windows 8.1 if Microsoft will fix the deleting of thumbnail cache in "Winodws 8.1 2014 Update".

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Sep 24, 2013

Problem is whenever I sign in to my pc thumbnails cache automatically deletes And there is slow loading of icons and folders....

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Dec 27, 2012

PDF files on my laptop show thumbnail previews erratically. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. In the attached screenshot, you can see that Word is showing nicely but the PDF file won't. Default app is Reader (the Metro app).

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May 15, 2013

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Aug 21, 2013

Annoying error of windows explorer. Windows explorer is getting crashed while opening any folders accidentally, especially folders with large number of files and images. first it appears as windows explorer is unable to load files thumbnails (any kind of files) and appears as white or blank icons regardless the type of file. then when opening my computer in another window , it couldn't load even contents of drivers and hangs as "searching for items".

All this happens suddenly after weeks of normal windows usage. I resolve it by backing up system using Acronis image. but the problem persists. I tried virus scan with no success using AVG. I made thorough scan for C with no result too.

Note that this problem I found with Windows 7 and it forced me to upgrade to Windows 8 then I'm experiencing the same problem now. I don't Understand why.

Note: I think there's no hardware (HDD) error cause I'm running Ubuntu 13.04 alongside Windows and it's browsing files perfectly.

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Dec 24, 2013

My Windows 8.1 64 bit started forgetting the view settings from a folder.So if I go in a folder and I set it to List-View for example,whenever I close that folder and I reopen it the view is set automatically to Details view.And this applies to every folder in my computer except Desktop.It drives me crazy,especially in my pictures folders.

Also with this problem another one came.I can't set a program to open some files,so the file associations for some files is broken. For example i can't set qTorrent to open torrent files.It just won't open them and the files apear as white documents just like I hadn't had a Torrent program installed already.I find it weird that both problems appeared together.

I previously had to reinstall windows on my machine,because of this problems.It worked normal at the begging,but today these problems appeared again.I tried scanning SFC Scan with no result.

Update:I also just discovered that Metro apps are not working anymore...what the heck its wrong with my windows.

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How do I arrange the favorites in IE10 METRO that appear below the address bar above the address bar to look like this:

See posting by chev65 07 Mar 2012

All I get is a long roll of frequently visited sites and favorite below the address bar.

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