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What to look for in Windows 7

A closer look at previews and jump lists

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The thumbnail previews (top) are not just static snapshots. They’re live displays, and in fact you can watch a high-def movie play in the thumbnail. Jump lists (bottom) appear when you right-click a taskbar button. They include pinned locations or documents, recently used items, and (as in the Media Player example on the right) common tasks.

This gallery is a companion piece for my in-depth review of Windows 7 based on the final release candidate. Be sure to read "What to expect from Windows 7" to get the full story.

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