Speed Up the Display of Thumbnails on the Taskbar

by Eric Geier [Published on 12 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 7 April 2011]

Make window previews on the taskbar show quickier.

When you have the Aero theme enabled in Windows 7, you see thumbnail previews of the opened windows when hovering over the icons in the taskbar. However, there is a slight delay of 400 milliseconds for these thumbnails to load. If you notice the delay, you can decrease the delay time with the following Registry entry:

Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Key: Control Panel\Mouse

Value Name: MouseHoverTime

String Value: Default = 400 (milliseconds)

The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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