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Windows 7: Alt Tab not always in front? RC 7100

02 Jun 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Alt Tab not always in front? RC 7100

When Alt Tabing, the bar to display the active windows hides when aero previews the window thats open. When I mean hide, I mean it doesn't stay in the front, but rather the window preview covers the bar. Any way to change that?

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02 Jun 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello Cheami90,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I am not having this problem and can't reproduce it. You could use the windows key+tab to go through the windows. Maybe someone else is seeing this or has a fix.

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27 Oct 2009   #3

Alt-tab frustrations


I'm having the same issues with Alt-Tab. The list of icons for the open windows disappears when a window is previewed. It's very disorienting. Is there any way to keep the Alt-Tab icons in front?
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27 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

I'm unable to reproduce this. Does every window cover the alt-tab bar or just certain ones?
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28 Oct 2009   #5


The issue shows up when I pause on a icon while alt-tabbing. Then the Peek takes over and brings the window to the foreground covering up the icons. If I continue to tab, it stays in Peek mode, and all windows cover up the icons.
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28 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7

Hello there from Italy.

I have the same issue, in fact for patching it temporarily I'm changing in the registry the time Aero pops up.
How to Adjust Aero Peek Desktop Preview Mouse Hover Delay in Windows 7 - The Winhelponline Blog
I've configured two Windows 7 right now on two different computer and I always get this issue.

I've changed some things on the application bar: I use small icons, my application bar hides automatically and I've doubled its height.
I'm on Windows 7 64bit

I have no other clues to help you to reproduce this bug... and however yes.. it is very annoying.

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28 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7

Funny thing!
When I wrote my previous post I've said that I have patched it temporarily by changing in the registry the time Aero pops up.

At that time I still had to reboot.

Now it seems that by adding "DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime" dword to the registry, it fixed the issue!

Try it and let me know if it worked for you too.

*Bad news*
It seemed to work but after some time it stop to work again.
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29 Oct 2009   #8


This DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime does not affect the Alt-Tab functionality for me. The time to Peek when putting my cursor in the lower right is affected. But when I Alt-Tab and pause on an icon, the peek comes up right away covering up the Alt-Tab icon box....
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30 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7

I had the same thing happen when I added the DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime dword. I rebooted and, for about 5 minutes, my alt tab window stayed on top. Then, went back to old behavior. I've looked everywhere for a solution to this very annoying problem and can't find anything. When loading Windows 7, I did an upgrade. A coworker did a full install and does not have this problem. Is this related to some settings that got inherited from Vista?
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01 Nov 2009   #10


Wierd. It's now working as I expect. When I Alt-Tab and pause, the icons stay in front as the Peek shows the windows underneath. I like it. But I have no idea why it's changed behavior.

I did add the DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime. Then I removed it. Then recently my system froze up, and i had to force a power off and reboot. Now that Alt-Tab behavior had changed, and I'm not sure why.
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