Thursday, November 19, 2009

Classic ALT+TAB on Windows 7

When it comes to ALT+TAB preview I like the classic XP style. It shows the application icons, plain and simple and great for my workflow. Windows 7 instead shows low res thumbnails of the running applications that all look too much the same, and flashes the applications around in the background like a bunch of popup advertising…

Anyway good-ol-classic it is still there with a little help from the second ALT key:

ALT + (tap the other ALT key) + TAB

That is; while holding down the first ALT key, tap and release the second ALT key, then tap the TAB key as usual to scroll.

Anyone know a setting to make it default?

Update: see comments below for a Registry key setting to make this default.

24 comments:

  1. Create a DWORD called "AltTabSettings" in \HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and set it to 1. This will get you back your beloved classic (and super zippy) Windows XP AltTab.

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  2. If you enable the basic theme (disable Aero glass), the ALT+TAB looks like the classic, but also allows mouse interaction (click icons with the mouse while holding alt+tab.) Using the registry change does not allow the mouse interaction.

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  3. Thank you so much! That was incredibly helpful!

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  4. Thanks a lot, barbudo, worked like a charm :)

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  5. hi, i accidentally switched my default to the classic (i have no idea how i did this...) and want to switch back to the aero theme. do u know how to do that?

    thanks

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  6. Thank you very very much! Regedit for the win!

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  7. AWESOME. THANK YOU. I'M SO RELIEVED!

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  8. Thank you. This has restored my sanity.

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  9. super.. I am pretty much relieved now. thanks a lot.

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  10. @barbudo Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou.

    It always astounds me how small changes in an OS can be so annoying. The way Aero flashes the window outlines during alt-tabbing made me feel like I was about to suffer an induced seizure.

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  11. Very nice! I was annoyed by new alt+tab, finally can switch applications fast again.

    I hope some day software houses stop playing with our nerves by adding features nobody ever wanted that are jumping around the UI like crazy.

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  12. Fast solution: save text below to file with name "Alttab.reg" and double click it:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
    "AltTabSettings"=dword:00000001

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  13. Fantastic, thank you!

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  14. Thank you, usable function is back finally!

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  15. Hi.
    How do I reverse this:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
    "AltTabSettings"=dword:00000001

    Cant seem to find it in the regedit.

    Peter

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  16. You are The Man! :-)

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  17. awesome - my feelings of applied nausea have already gone away!!

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  18. this is very good

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  19. Thanks, all that extra animation was driving me batty!

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  20. Thank you, thank you!!

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  21. Thank you! Alt+tab is fast now!

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  22. thanks man, life saver!

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