Make-Aero-Peek-larger-with-this-registry-tweak

After learning what Aero Peek is, it’s hard not to wonder how to customize it. To begin with, the size of the original Aero Peek preview is quite small – you can hardly read text or view video from the preview. Of course, that’s not necessarily what it should be used for but why it that way?

There are two registry tweaks we can modify to make the thumbnail previews both quicker and bigger. After these changes, you’ll be able to quickly access a super large preview without focusing on the resulting page.

Take a look at how we do this below and download the registry files at the bottom to make the changes yourself.

Getting Started with Aero Peek Registry Tweaks

Make Thumbnail Previews Appear Faster

Isn’t it ridiculous to wait even an extra second when it’s not necessary? Only one registry value is assigned to the live previews for determining their speed on mouse hover. Change this to force them to show even faster than they do now.

Open “regedit” from the Start menu and find the appropriate key. Quickly open this location in the Registry Editor with RegJump. The following outlines the change needed to modify the speed of previews from the Registry Editor.

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

Type: DWORD (32-bit) Value

Value name: DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime

Value data: 0 (Customizable)

Base: Decimal

Log off: Yes

Look for “DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime” in the right pane or create it as a new “DWORD (32-bit) Value” if it doesn’t exist.

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Ensure the “Base” option is set to “Decimal” and enter a value in the form of milliseconds. Enter a value of zero for either Hex or Decimal for quicker previews.

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Log off and back on to notice the change.

Change the Size of Thumbnail Previews

In the whole scope of a computer screen, the size of previews when you hover over an open application is quite small. Basically the only thing you get from it is the name of the open window with a small blurry preview.

The following outlines the change needed to modify the size of previews from the Registry Editor.

Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows
\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband

Type: DWORD (32-bit) Value

Value name: MinThumbSizePx

Value data: 500 (Customizable)

Base: Decimal

Log off: Yes

Look for the proper Value name in the right pane or create it as a new “DWORD (32-bit) Value” if it doesn’t exist.

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Ensure the “Base” option is set to “Decimal” and enter a value in the form of pixels.

Change-the-value-data-to-a-large-number-for-bigger-previews

We’ve made ours “500” and this is what it looks like after a log off.

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This setting is clearly sufficient for a good view of a webpage. “1000” pixels, however, is even better!

View-Aero-Peek-previews-at-1000-pixels

Change the value around and see what works best for you.

Conclusion

These two tweaks are fast and simple and can really add a touch of customization to your Desktop. Download the instant preview from the first link below and the 500 pixel preview registry file from the second link.

Download the DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime (0ms) registry file.

Download the MinThumbSizePx (500px) registry file.

Safe Download: These registry files are located on the TechNorms’ Google Drive account.

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  • Comment_Cop says:

    I like it thanks