Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner

Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner allows you to modify several settings of taskbar thumbnails in Windows 7 and Windows 8. You can adjust margins, size of thumbnails, fade in delay as well as some other options what inaccessible through default Windows settings.

Latest version is v1.0.0.1. See the full change log below
It is a free and portable application. Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner supports Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 and allows you to do the following:
  • Adjust thumbnails size
  • Adjust number of grouped application windows thumbnails
  • Adjust horizontal spacing between the thumbnails
  • Adjust vertical spacing between the thumbnails
  • Adjust thumbnail's caption position
  • Adjust top margin
  • Adjust bottom margin
  • Adjust left margin
  • Adjust right margin
  • You can completely disable taskbar's thumbnails.

Click "Apply" button to save your changes. Windows Explorer will be restarted.
Click "Defaults" button to restore all thumbnails settings to their defaults.

Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner in action

There are two versions available - first is for Windows 7 and second is for Windows 8. They are similar but one of them was compiled with .NET 4.5 to match Windows 8.

Change log

  • bug fixed: "Disable thumbnails" checkbox leaves them enabled at grouped taskbar button
  • bug fixed: possible crash in "Defaults" button

Initial release

Donate options for satisfied users:


  1. tchiro
    14 Jun 12

    я извиняюсь, но где можно найти русскоязычные версии программ, очень мне они нравятся?
    (I'm sorry, but where you can find Russian versions of programs, it is I like them?)

  2. Sergey
    14 Jun 12


  3. tchiro
    16 Jun 12

    жаль, но спасибо за ответ и удачи в разработке новых программ.

  4. gomi
    29 Oct 12


    This tool is awesome for Windows 8 to disable most thumbnails and et get rid of Aero Peek.

    However, even if you choose 0 thumbnails, you will always get one if there is only one window open. If there are 2 windows open, it works.

    Moreover, Window names are always SegoeUI, but my desktop is good ole' Tahoma. Could it be possible to use the fonts from the Desktop settings instead of always Segoe ?

    Thanks a lot for your excellent job.

  5. Sergey
    31 Oct 12

    However, even if you choose 0 thumbnails, you will always get one if there is only one window open. If there are 2 windows open, it works.

    yes it is. there is a checkbox to disable thumbnails completely

    Could it be possible to use the fonts from the Desktop settings instead of always Segoe ?

    Sadly, but font are hardcoded in visual style and it is not easy to change them

  6. gomi
    01 Nov 12

    OK thanks

  7. Nicely done.
    16 Nov 12

    In the video it must be on the preview build. It is sad they got rid of the lovely Aero effects in the final build, they look quite nice.

  8. mimmo
    24 Nov 12

    sergey !!! hats off to you. well done !!!

  9. Desert Turtle
    17 Mar 13

    I rarely comment on anything, but the Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner for Windows 8 by Sergey is GREAT. I have tried for WEEKS to just turn OFF the damn ANNOYING and totally useless thumbnail previews, and Sergey's application killed the thumbnail previews instantly and left all other settings intact. Sergey's Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner along with the Power 8 free application have actually made Windows 8 USEABLE for people who actually use their computers for productive tasks. People who want to just 'tap tiles' on their screen and goof around like Kindergarten kids can continue to use the Windows 8 crap as Microsoft released it. Again, Microsoft has shot themselves in the foot by NOT including methods to turn OFF these damn useless features.

  10. Sergey
    17 Mar 13

    I am happy that this app is useful for you.

  11. I cannot even launch it on windows 8 ! What is the problem ? Thanks.
    15 Apr 13

    I cannot even launch it on windows 8 ! What is the problem ? Thanks.

  12. SS
    20 Apr 13

    This Tool so GREAT!
    Thank you for help!

  13. love it
    04 Aug 13

    any chance to change the fade out Delay??

    Thank you

  14. Dee
    11 Oct 13

    Today is 10-11-13. I bought this new windows 8 PC and have been trying to get rid of those pesky/irritating taskbar thumbnail previews for one entire month! It's been one gigantic headache trying to figure out how to do it and then only continually keep discovering that nobody had a "cure" for this "disease". Then...VOILA...I found your WONDERFUL APP. I just downloaded it and went immediately for the disable completely option...anxiously checked it out...and IT WORKED! At last, what a huge relief this is...truly! Again, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THIS WONDERFUL APP!

  15. Guest
    29 Oct 13

    Finally got rid of those damn thumbnails, thanks so much!

  16. LeeBinder
    11 Dec 13

    Hi Sergey,

    are you able to add an additional slider to change the max. thumbnail size value? Right now it's 500, but it would be awesome if this value was changeable, too, so it can be increased

    Thank you for Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner,

  17. Bronislav
    16 Dec 13

    Sergey, you have window aero blur effect in this video, if i'm not mistaken. Please say how one can get it in win 8/8.1. How you could turn it on? Looks good. And thank you for you job. Your small programs, your tweaks and tricks – they're very useful. Regards.

  18. jonesy
    29 Mar 14

    Taskbar Thumbnail Tuner was a bit difficult to find to download, with lots of other ads competing saying simply "download", but once downloaded, it was simple to check the box which said "Disable Thumbnails". Then it worked well on Windows 8.1

  19. Thanks
    30 May 14

    OMFG THANK YOU!!!!! No more stupid thumbnails blocking the controls of my programs. Mainly it was most annoying when using VLC. I've tried for months to find a viable solution to these uber annoying thumbnails. First I changed the registry to decrease the delay they have when popping up. Then I tried to find a way to remove the delay of them not going away when no longer hovering your mouse over them. I got so fed up with them I just wanted them gone. I almost feel like I'm using windows xp or win98 OS again and I love it. Thanks again I was seriously considering going back to Slackware linux just to have a more user friendly less annoying OS. Between this fix for win 8 thumbnails and the Firefox 29 update fix with the Classic Theme Restorer Add-on I finally have all the nuisances gone that make using my computer unbearably annoying. :D

  20. Quick One
    16 Oct 14

    Best software ever! Period!

  21. throkr
    20 Mar 15

    I stumbled on this nice piece of software today and I do have a question concerning the content of the unzipped folder :

    - which is the purpose of the "Win8Native" folder ?

    - should this folder been kept as it is (I mean in the same folder as the main *.exe file ?

    Thanks again, Sergey, for your time.

  22. Sergey
    21 Mar 15

    Win8Native contains binary files compiled for Windows 8, just with another .NET version.
    If you are running Windows 7, then you can delete those files.

  23. Anonymous
    21 Mar 15

    Alright, thank you.

  24. hlent
    20 May 15

    This totally worked. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. kimberly
    25 Nov 15

    Thanks, the thumnails are finally gone!

  26. kaoidnaidew
    12 Apr 16

    Very nice software, but I need a function that can display the window in the taskbar just like WIn7 Basic to let the windows stack just as text labels. on Win8.1, Microsoft gives up this design so that I cannot make this one. When I am working, I need to open too many windows so that I cannot switch them easily because of thumbnails.
    Thanks for your contributions.
    BTW. I have heard a kind of method to solve this problem: edit the regs so that make the thumbnails display very later than text labels. I don't know how to do and how it can work out, just a suggestion.

  27. Sergey
    13 Apr 16

    If you reduce the "number of thumbnails in group" to the left position of the slider, you will get exactly that you need. (If I got you right.)

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