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Friday, February 25, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Snappier Taskbar Thumbnail Previews by Disabling Animations

SUMMARY: Prevent Windows 7 from animating the taskbar thumbnail previews. This will also disable other Start Menu and Taskbar animations.

Depending on your configuration, when you hover your mouse pointer over active icons in Windows 7's Taskbar, thumbnail previews of folders / applications appear, and they do so with animation. For various reasons such as computer speed, graphics card speed, or personal preference, you might rather have these previews display quicker without the animation "eye candy".

1. Click the "Start" button, selecting "Control Panel".

2. If you are using an expanded Control Panel, select "System" from the pop-up menu.

Otherwise when the "Control Panel" window appears, click "System and Security", then "System".

3. In the left pane, select "Advanced system settings".

4. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, click "Yes".

5. The "System Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click the "Advanced" tab.

6. Underneath "Performance", click the "Settings" button.

7. The "Performance Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Make sure the "Visual Effects" tab is selected.

8. Click the "Custom" radio button if it is not already selected, then uncheck "Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu".

9. Click "OK" on the dialog boxes to close them.

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