How to Disable Windows 7 Taskbar Tab Preview Thumbnails in Mozilla Firefox?

If you are using recently released Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or 4.0 version, you might have noticed that it supports Taskbar preview thumbnails for each tab in Windows 7, i.e. Firefox shows preview thumbnails for each tab when you hover mouse cursor over its taskbar button as shown in following screenshot:


Some of our readers found it annoying and want to disable this new functionality. So here we are giving step by step procedure to disable Taskbar tab previews in Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open firefox and type about:config in the addressbar and press Enter. It'll confirm, click on I'll be careful, I promise! button.

2. Now type taskbar in the Filter box. It'll show following entries:


3. The entry "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" would be set to true. Double-click on it or right-click on it and select "Toggle". It'll set its value to false.


4. That's it. Now Firefox will no longer show preview thumbnails for each tab in Taskbar.


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Posted in: Mozilla Firefox, Troubleshooting, Windows 7

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  • Thank you very much for putting this solution up ! This was so was adding an extra step to you clicking on firefox on the taskbar and was very annoying to me..Im sure they had their reasons to adding that feature IMHO its not necessary..why does it make it look like each tab is a page? anyways its back to normal ..thanks very much from Los Angeles

  • VG

    ^^ Glad to help you. :)

  • Great !!.. Took me 15 seconds to do ... thanks :)

  • Nice! Thanks! Those multiple previews were really annoying me. This solved the problem.

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