One of the best features in Window which is really handy for many situations is the ability to hover over the taskbar and have a thumbnail to get a glimpse of the status of the running application. In other words if you’re listening to a video and you want to know where you’re in that podcast then you can just hover over it in the taskbar and you’ll be able to see the information you need.
The problem is that sometimes there’s a delay between the time you hover and the time the preview starts, and of course you’re a multitasker and you don’t have time to wait and that’s why this post is important for you to increase your productivity and help you decrease that delay time.
The method stated here in this post will rely on editing the registry so you’ve to take care as these edits can’t be undone.
Step 1: First, type “regedit” in the search bar in the start menu in windows 7, if you’re using Window 10 then type it in the search / Cortana bar.
Step 2: A new window will pop up, navigate using the left hand side menu to the following destination: HKEY_CURRENT_USER → Control Panel → Mouse.
Step 3: Now, on the right hand side of the window, double click the “MouseHoverTime” as seen in the screenshot below.
Step 4: A new window will pop up, change the time there from 400 to any other smaller value, 100 for example, and hit the “OK” tab at the bottom of the window. Then exit the registry window.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully delayed the time required to display thumbnails for running applications in the taskbar.