How to Modify the Windows 8 Taskbar Thumbnails

How often do you use the Windows 8 taskbar thumbnails? If you use them regularly, you may not be 100% happy with the way they look; you may want to tweak their size, margins, spacing, etc.

If this sounds like you, I’m going to show you how to do all that to your Windows 8 taskbar thumbnails in a matter of minutes, via a free application called Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to modify your taskbar thumbnails.

1. Download the application¬†from the Winaero website, unzip the folder, and run the exe file; it’s a portable application, so you can add it to a USB flash drive and run it from any computer.

2. The Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner window will display. It’s a small options window with two tabs: general and margins.

Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner options window

3. Under the General tab, you can tweak your taskbar thumbnail images as desired. For instance, you may want to change the thumbnail sizes; you can make them as large as 500px.

Make your taskbar thumbnails large.

4. Each feature is fairly self-explanatory, you can:

  • Change the amount of horizontal spacing between thumbnails
  • Add a shorter or longer delay for displaying images
  • Change the number of maximum thumbnails allowed in a group
  • Change the vertical spacing between thumbnails
  • Change the text position – move it up or down
  • Totaly disable taskbar thumbnails altogether

5. Under the Margins tab, you can change the top, bottom, left, and right margins.

Change the top bottom left and right margins for your taskbar thumbnails.

6. When you’re done, just click on the “Apply” button to see your changes; you’ll of course need to scroll your mouse over an open application on the Windows taskbar, to display the thumbnails.

The Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner provides some subtle, yet useful options. It may take some trial and error to get your Windows 8 taskbar thumbnails just the way you want them, but it will be worth it once you’re done.

Note: For those of you that are still using Windows 7, you’ll be happy to know that this application will work for you as well.