Visual Task Tips

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Visual Task Tips is a lightweight shell enhancement utility for Win XP that provides a Vista-style thumbnail preview of a minimized window in the task bar simply by placing the mouse arrow over it.

Here’s what you need to know about this software:

  • A very small program that takes very little resources
  • Does what it promises to do very well. I will say, however, that in some instances of minimized browser pages it displayed a thumbnail preview of a previous page rather than the current one (it eventually refreshed to the actual page).
  • Is 100% free.

The author’s website states that this software may have problems previewing some windows which draw themselves in unusual ways to improve performance, a limitation which apparently cannot be worked around. I’ve used this software for a few days now and have yet to encounter this (even for MS Word, I might add, which the author’s website sites as one example of such applications).

I love shell enhancements, and I really like this program; if you’re like me you will will too. I recommend it highly.

Version tested: 2.1

Compatibility: Windows XP.

The program page no longer exists, but you can download v2.2 here. Note that this is for Windows XP and is not needed for Vista, Windows 7, or higher versions of Windows.