Disable Windows 7 Tab Previews in IE9/IE8

If you have downloaded Internet Explorer 9 or have been using with , you might be familiar with tab previews shown in the taskbar for individual tabs open in the browser (see screenshot below).

Tab Previews in IE8/IE9

Though this feature is useful, it can get quite annoying if you have multiple tabs open in the browser. However, thankfully there is an option to disable the tab previews in Internet Explorer 8 and 9. To do that, follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Open the Internet Options by pressing Alt + T and selecting "Internet options" from the menu or going to the Tools menu and clicking on "Internet options".


Step 2:  In the Internet Options window, click on the Settings button under the Tabs option. This will open up a new popup. In this popup uncheck the box next to "Show previews for individual tabs in the taskbar* and click on the OK button. Click on the OK button in the Internet Options window too to close it.

Step 3: Restart Internet Explorer for the changes to take effect.

That’s it, you will no longer see tab previews in Internet Explorer. However, you will still see previews if multiple windows are open, but they are not as annoying as seeing previews for 10-15 open tabs.

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  • Max Hernandez

    i hate that feature of ie9, i was wondering how to turn it off, thanx :)

  • Jan

    works great, thank you

  • Michael

    Recently I had to re-install my hard drive after my other one died. I had IE9 on my other system and never had this issue. If I hovered over the IE icon with multiple tabs open, it would only show a list but never these stupid window previews. After re-installation I now have these windows and I frickin’ HATE them. Is there a way to remove them entirely and get just the list back??? I’ve done what is suggested here and it doesn’t work at all.

    • dave

      you need to enable windows basic theme for just a list

  • Andy

    Thank you! I’ve been looking for this :)

  • Mary

    How about when you disable ALL tabbed browsing to keep stuff from opening in TOO MANY tabs, and it instead opens up all links in WAY TOO MANY windows? I would like to be able to browse without all those annoying tabs and extra windows–HOW do I do THAT??