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Windows 7As you know, Windows 7 taskbar also known as Superbar is a regular taskbar with some nice improvements and options. Read my previous articles about it to know what I am talking about. One of its most important feature is its ability to show  thumbnail previews of open  applications just by hovering the  mouse on their icons. If you want to accelerate and shorten the time  these thumbnails are displayed on the desktop, here is a nice, easy hack to apply.

  1. Open your Notepad. (click Start and type Notepad in the Search box).
  2. Copy-and-paste the following code:
  3. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]

  4. Save it as Fast_Hover.reg.
  5. Double click on this file to merge its content in the registry.
  6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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5 Comments to “How to speed up Windows 7 taskbar (Superbar)”

  1. argon Says:

    xanhellx the default delay time is 400.
    modify the reg file as “MouseHoverTime”=”400” and double click it. Thats all (requires reboot though)

  2. xanhellx Says:

    -How do i restore to the defaults?

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  4. tblount Says:

    Sorry if I sound critical or a know it all when I comment. These are excellent tips and trick… in fact, they are so good I often swipe them for my web page. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    I’ve been a technical writer for many years and I’ve gotten into the habit of making my comments as short and direct as possible. I’m often wrong. So try to just consider my comments as possible suggestion.

  5. tblount Says:

    That doesn’t work… And I think I can tell you why… your example uses the custom right and left quotation marks…

    the registry uses the generic standard ” style. After I edited the reg file and replaced the right and left quotation marks with ” and merged it that way…. the registry value for hovertime was modified.

    “MouseHoverTime”=”0″ <– fails
    "MouseHoverTime"="0" <– works

    Also, I believe you have to reboot to actiavate the modification.

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