Changing window selection behavior in the taskbar

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  1. Posts : 24
    Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
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    Changing window selection behavior in the taskbar


    When you click on (or hover above) an icon of an active program that has multiple windows open, a "bar" containing representations of these open windows pops up, which forces me to then decide which one to click on, even though in 99% of the cases I want to go to the one I was working in last ( I think this is true of how most people work). To accomplish this, I have to hold CTRL when clicking on the program icon in the taskbar. Is there a way to reverse this behavior? In other words, I would like CTRL+click to bring up the window selection "bar", and a single click (with no modifier key pressed) to take me to the last window I was working in.
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  2. Posts : 24
    Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
    Thread Starter
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    Yay! I got the guys stumped! Either that or all you SF gurus are still busy working on a solution
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  3. Posts : 50
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    Create HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced!LastActiveClick=1 and restart explorer. This will swap the ctrl+click behavior to be the default.
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  4. Posts : 53
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
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    Cool! It works!

    Thanks for the fix. This should have been the default in the first place.
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    Touch users would not have been happy with that default.
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  6. Posts : 24
    Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
    Thread Starter
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    MrJukes said:
    Create HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced!LastActiveClick=1 and restart explorer. This will swap the ctrl+click behavior to be the default.
    Thanks! Unfortunately, I know squat about making changes to the Registry. How do I do this?
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    Launch regedit.exe
    Navigate in the left tree control to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
    Go to Edit->New->DWORD (32-bit) Value
    Name the value LastActiveClick
    Hit enter to assign the value and change it to 1
    Restart explorer and you're good to go.
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  8. Posts : 4,282
    Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
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    For anyone who doesn't want to do this themselves I made a Registry Hack to enable or disable this feature.
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  9. Posts : 24
    Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks, it works! I had to reboot to get it to stick though -- don't know any other way to restart Explorer. How do I put a check mark on this thread? You guys deserve to be recognized for the work you did.

    This is really a neat trick. I'm shocked MSFT did not included this as an option in the taskbar properties panel. I'm willing to bet most people would prefer this (single click taking you to the last window you were in) to be the default behavior.
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  10. Posts : 13,354
    Windows 7 Professional x64
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    akadmon said:
    Thanks, it works! I had to reboot to get it to stick though -- don't know any other way to restart Explorer. How do I put a check mark on this thread? You guys deserve to be recognized for the work you did.

    This is really a neat trick. I'm shocked MSFT did not included this as an option in the taskbar properties panel. I'm willing to bet most people would prefer this (single click taking you to the last window you were in) to be the default behavior.
    To restart Explorer without rebooting, open the task manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) and end the Explorer.exe process. Then create a new task and type "explorer.exe".
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