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Taskbar thumbnail previews not appearing, tooltip instead

  1. #11


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    I don't think it's a common problem, though I don't know why.

    Those settings are the same here except that I have the top two animations off as well as mouse pointer shadows.

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  2. #12



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Are you using an Aero theme and not a high contrast theme or any 3rd party UXthemer?
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  3. #13


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Just the default Windows themes, none of the 3rd-party UX stuff.
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  4. #14



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    OK take a look in regedit and see if animations are turned on:

    Attachment 55579
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  5. #15


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    They are. Don't forget that this works most of the time until some condition is reached, very much like a GDI depletion or something similar (though it's not that). Then restarting Explorer.exe is needed to get things back to normal. If it was just a case of it not ever working, it would be a lot easier to solve.
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  6. #16


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    My taskbar only shows thumbnails of Opera.
    The programs and other stuff is all tooltips.
    I think this is normal.
    A picture---

    Opera thumbnails---

    Click image for larger version

    Another picture---

    A program tooltip---

    Click image for larger version
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  7. #17


    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    David, that is beyond bizarre. I've never heard of such a mix like that. All programs should show previews--when the feature is working.
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  8. #18


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by rseiler View Post
    David, that is beyond bizarre. I've never heard of such a mix like that. All programs should show previews--when the feature is working.
    A program or something else will show a thumbnail if it is being used on my computer.
    A picture---

    Click image for larger version
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  9. #19



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You could try event viewer using "find" for system or applications under either taskbar or animations to see if anything that might help is listed, or the system software hammer sfc/scannow.
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  10. #20


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    ... or the system software hammer sfc/scannow.
    I run scans like this---in this order---

    Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    sfc /scannow
    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
    sfc /scannow

    Reboot.
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