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Does Anyone Know How to Stop Windows 10 Doing This?

Ross at Play
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Wisely or not, I allowed M$ to upgrade by OS to Windows 10. My system has one very irritating "feature" which I think only began then.

If my cursor unintentionally drops onto an open icon in the taskbar a preview screen about 4x3 cm appears above it. If I have many documents open in OO these will extend across the entire screen.

That would be okay if they would go away when I moved the cursor back into the main screen, or at least only stay for a few seconds. It seems like the only ways to get rid of them are:

- hit anything on the keyboard, so I find and hit ESC if I do not want to use the keyboad
- going via an unopened icon in the task bar before exiting back to the main screen
- clicking on the icon being displayed and then clicking anywhere on the main screen.

I'd prefer to not have this "feature". I'm happy to see these previews if either I go there or if a click on a taskbar icon - if only they'd disappear if I then clicked somewhere on the main screen, or some seconds later if the cursor moves away is fine. I'd rather have no previews at all than ones I must work to get rid of.

I've looked through everything listed after searching for 'taskbar', then 'preview', in Control Panel. I've turned off every option after a right-click in the vacant area of the toolbar. Nothing looks remotely like what I want.

Does anyone know how to disable this damn thing off?

Replies:   Capt. Zapp  sejintenej  Grant
Capt. Zapp

@Ross at Play

Not sure what is going on but I have the same problem with an old VISTA laptop. It just started a couple of days ago. I haven't really messed with trying to get it to go away as I have been busy with other things. Maybe turning off the 'aero' feature will work?

Replies:   Crumbly Writer
zellus

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-taskbar-thumbnail-preview-windows-10

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@zellus

Zellus,

Thank you that link.

I must not shoot the messenger; If only I could shoot those responsible for requiring me to ask for the message.

This sure filled my heart with glee... (paraphrasing)

** WARNING ** Backup your entire computer before attempting this. Attempts to manually edit the registry may result in complete system and nervous breakdowns. :(

Replies:   docholladay
sejintenej

@Ross at Play

Does anyone know how to disable this damn thing off?


You seem yo be using Internet Explorer. Firefox simply gives you the single small box for each window (as opposed to tab). In both cases just move the cursor off the affected areas

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@sejintenej

For browsers I use Torch and Tor.
This is a Windows 10 OS "feature" I want to turn off.
Zellus has given me the how-to. It ain't pretty. :(

zellus

If you are running Windows 7/8/10 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise editions, you can disable taskbar previews in group policy.


https://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/disable-taskbar-thumbnail-previews-windows/

docholladay

@Ross at Play

** WARNING ** Backup your entire computer before attempting this. Attempts to manually edit the registry may result in complete system and nervous breakdowns. :(


I think I will just have to live with it until someone comes out with a safe fix for the problem.

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play
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@docholladay

I think I will just have to live with it until ...

My thought too, but I may have a viable alternative.

Getting computer repairs done where I live, Indonesia, forget it! But I travel to Malaysia regularly which has a mix of second-world labour costs but competent technicians.

I think I'll look for a reconditioned laptop there and get Linux installed on it. Once I get that going I'll swap over my current laptop ... and bye, bye, no more buy, buy, from M$. Yeah! :)

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Grant

@Ross at Play

Does anyone know how to disable this damn thing off?

Right click on the Taskbar, select Taskbar settings.
Towards the bottom is the Combine taskbar buttons option.
Is it set to Never?

When I mouse over the Icons on the Taskbar, I get the thumbnail, and if I mouse over one of them then that brings just that Window up. But as soon as I move the mouse away, all the currently applications come back up on the screen, and the thumbnails go away. This is with IE & Notepad.

Replies:   Ross at Play
Switch Blayde

@Ross at Play

I think I'll look for a reconditioned laptop there and get Linux installed on it. Once I get that going I'll swap over my current laptop ... and bye, bye, no more buy, buy, from M$. Yeah! :)


The way Microsoft handled the release of Windows 10 (shove it down your throat) is what pushed me to buy a Mac. No regrets.

Ross at Play
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@Grant

Right click on the Taskbar, select Taskbar settings.
Towards the bottom is the Combine taskbar buttons option.
Is it set to Never.

It took me a while to find that. The right scroll bar of Taskbar Settings is so narrow I thought there was none when I looked. It was only after moving my cursor there that it became wide enough to see and use.

Scrolling down the other options I never knew were there, I found the Combine option you mentioned and I changed that the Never.

DEFINITELY, not what I want. My six OpenOffice documents currently opened and accessible via one taskbar icon had become six OO icons in the taskbar. I set it back to what it was before.

THEN ??? my system started working exactly how I've said above I wished it would. I can move my cursor over a taskbar icon, thumbnails for all windows open for that application appear, but they disappear when I simply move the cursor back to the main screen.

I'm grateful zellus made a post confirming what I originally whined about is quite real. Otherwise, I'd be doubting my sanity more than usual right now.

There is one other thing I did which was helping a bit before those aliens dropped by and solved my dilemma. My irritations have been mostly when I was working near the bottom of the screen and my cursor unintentionally dropped over a taskbar icon which was open - it isn't a problem if I pass over an icon which is not currently open. I am more likely to do ordinary work nearer the centre than the LHS. I have reordered my taskbar icons so the four that are always open (OO, Torch, Tor, Ox.D) are on the far left.

I opened this thread and my immediate problem is now resolved. I won't be fussed if the thread now descends into everyone's pet gripes about various technology companies, puns, asides, etc.

Crumbly Writer

@Capt. Zapp

Maybe turning off the 'aero' feature will work?

I always thought the 'aero' feature in Windows was when you get so frustrated, you heave it out the window. 'D

Replies:   Capt. Zapp
Capt. Zapp

@Crumbly Writer

I always thought the 'aero' feature in Windows was when you get so frustrated, you heave it out the window. 'D


That's the end user definition and yes, I have used that one as well. My neighbor was not impressed.

As for the 'sticking preview' when mousing over the tabs, I ended up having to disable the preview mode.

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