How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview on Windows 10?


On windows 10,  Taskbar Thumbnail Preview is an exciting feature. It shows a small image of open windows and programs when you move the cursor on the icon taskbar.


By default, Taskbar Thumbnail Preview is enabled in windows 10.

suppose you opened and left two ppt on MS PowerPoint and now working on google chrome. When you move the cursor on the MS PowerPoint icon on the taskbar, it shows two small previews of both ppt, and you can select one of them that you want open.

In this risewindows article, we will guide you on how to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview in Windows 10.

There are at least two ways to turn on or turn off the Taskbar Thumbnail Preview feature on Windows 10. These are the following:-

  1. Using Performance Options
  2. Through Local Group Policy Editor

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview using Performance Options?

It is the easiest way to turn on or turn off the Taskbar Thumbnail Preview feature of Windows 10. do the following steps:-

Step 1. Simultaneously, Access the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys.


Step 2. Then, In the Run box, type SystemPropertiesPerformance and press Enter from the keyboard to open the Performance Options window.

Step 3. Next, navigate to the Visual Effects tab in the Performance Options window that opens.

Step 4. After that, check or uncheck the following to enable or disable the Taskbar Thumbnail Preview feature in Windows 10:-

  • Enable Peek
  • Save taskbar thumbnail previews
  • Show thumbnails instead of icons


Step 5. Click Apply.

Step 6. Click OK.

Step 7. At last, Reboot your computer or laptop to apply the changes.

That’s it.

How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview through Local Group Policy Editor?

You can also enable or disable Taskbar Thumbnail Preview using Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 PC. do the following recommended steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open Local Group Policy Editor.

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Step 2. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to the following path from the left side pane:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar

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Step 3. Then, On the right side pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, look for the policy name “Turn off Taskbar Thumbnails” and double-click on it to open its settings.


Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click OK.

Step 6. At last, reboot your computer to apply the policy.

After the above steps, it should not show the Taskbar Thumbnails Preview.

That’s it.

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