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Windows 7: How to make Alt-Tab show me program icons (not pictures

02 Feb 2010   #1

Windows7 Pro x64
How to make Alt-Tab show me program icons (not pictures


In Windows7, how can I get Alt-Tab to show me a list of program icons to choose between (much like it does in WindowsXP)?

I find those thumbnail views far too small to read.


(P.S. Btw my apologies if I am repeating this quesion, but I simply cant find any previous reference to this obvious issue...)

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02 Feb 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Ship,

You might see if using CTRL+WINDOWS KEY+TAB and tapping the TAB key to scroll may work better for you with this.

Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut

Hope this helps,
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02 Feb 2010   #3
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]

Whenever you press "Alt+Tab" key combination in Windows Vista or 7, it shows a new improved screen which shows running application names along with their live thumbnails so that you can see the window content before switching to them.

The "Alt+Tab" switcher screen also shows "Desktop" in the list so that you can directly access Desktop icons without minimizing all running applications manually.

Its good and very handy but some people might find it annoying as it takes some time to show the switcher screen and selecting the running application. If you also find it annoying or boring and want to bring back the good old Windows XP styled Classic "Alt+Tab" Switcher screen in Windows Vista and 7, this tutorial will help you.

Please follow these simple steps:
  1. Type regedit in RUN or startmenu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
  2. Now go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD value AltTabSettings and set its value to 1

That's it. Now whenever you'll press "Alt+Tab" keys together, it'll show Windows XP styled classic "Alt+Tab" Switcher screen instead of the new screen.

To restore default Aero enabled "Alt+Tab" Switcher screen, simply delete the AltTabSettings DWORD value created in step 3. Log off and login again to take effect.

NOTE. If you want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file:

BONUS TIP: If you don't want to set the Classic "Alt+Tab" Switcher screen permanent but want to enjoy it temporarily, then you can follow these simple steps:
  • Press and hold Left or Right Alt key.
  • Now press and release the other Alt key on your keyboard but keep pressing the first Alt key.
  • Now press Tab key and you'll get the Windows XP styled Classic "Alt+Tab" Switcher screen.
Its a bug in Windows Vista and 7. Actually this bug can also be reproduced in Windows Vista Beta versions...

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02 Feb 2010   #4

Windows7 Pro x64

Thanks Proxix ==> Problem solved :)
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02 Feb 2010   #5
Agent Zach

Windows® 7 Home Premium SP1 [x64]

You're very welcome.

Hope all is well! :)
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