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Windows 7 Task Bar Displays

Steve Eckerman
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I have a user that when they have several Outlook items open they are tiled on the task bar.  When he hovers his cursor over the outlook items they do not pop up as mini windows like on my machine.  He has to click on the tiled items and he gets the name of the item and a red X to close them.  What setting controls whether you get the mini windows or the description of the open items?  Thanks.
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Most Valuable Expert 2011
Top Expert 2011
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Right click the Start Button>Properties>Start Menu>Customize>"Number of recent items to display in Jump Lists", Make sure that's not set to "0"......
Sounds like an issue with "Windows Peek"

Have a look at settings in Advanced system settings, performance, Settings, Visual Effects

Check settings for Peek and also thumbnails previews etc

Also could be a monitor or graphics issue, so check there too
Top Expert 2012
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Another option to consider is the one that I typically use on my own Windows 7 machines.  I prefer to have the larger taskbar icons with the descriptions shown by default:

Right-click Taskbar -> Properties -> Taskbar buttons, and on the pull-down menu to the right choose Never combine
look qat the areo settings. does he have a personal screen saver? go to personalization and select a different areo screen saver.
Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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When I went to the Visual Effects in Advanced system settings his computer does not have the same options as my computer.  Mine has the areo option but his does not.  Why would that be?
Joe RudSystems Administrator
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Aero is what enables the "Mini Windows" or preview windows to pop when you hover over them button in the task bar.

He might have an older graphics card/computer that doesn't support Aero, or need a graphic driver update for it to work.
Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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The PC he is using is a brand new Dell Optiplex 990.  I would think that it has the latest and greatest.  What really puzzles me is that he stated it was working (areo) and he rebooted the computer then it did not work.  Any ideas?
Joe RudSystems Administrator

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Hardware definitely shouldn't be a problem with the Opti 990 (other than maybe a graphics driver issue...).

What else did your user do to the computer and isn't telling you?

I was just reading that on some resolutions Aero might be not available.  Try switching res to something boring like 1024x768 for a minute and see if it is available.  If so, see wheat happens when you try to switch back to the res you want.
Make sure he has not got Windows 7 starter as Aero is not included!
Also see this article:

http://windows7themes.net/how-to-enable-windows-7-aero-theme.html

This has required spec and also how to config and troubleshoot
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Found the problem.  He changed his theme from an areo theme to a non areo theme.  Thanks for all of the great answers!!!
Steve EckermanSystems Administrator

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Thanks again!