Windows 10: How to restore the Classic Alt+Tab Dialog in Windows 11

Discus and support How to restore the Classic Alt+Tab Dialog in Windows 11 in Windows 10 News to solve the problem; [ATTACH]In this tutorial, we will show you how to restore the Classic Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11/10. You will be able to use the XP Style Alt+Tab... Discussion in 'Windows 10 News' started by WinClub, Nov 20, 2022.

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    How to restore the Classic Alt+Tab Dialog in Windows 11


    How to restore the Classic Alt+Tab Dialog in Windows 11 restore-classic-alttab-dialog-windows-11.png
    In this tutorial, we will show you how to restore the Classic Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11/10. You will be able to use the XP Style Alt+Tab Switcher that was introduced in Windows 95 and continued in Windows XP. This old Alt+Tab menu shows only app icons and has a compact size. While the modern […]

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    WinClub, Nov 20, 2022
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  2. Restore Classic ALT+TAB A-B B-A switching with mouse, not random


    The very three critical combinations to understand before even participating in this thread:


    1. Windows 10 with classic ALT+Tab registry key restoration (all over the web, look it up).
    2. Use any program that customizes the key bindings to the fourth and fifth mouse buttons (the thumb buttons); I have been using X-Mouse Button Control.
    3. Set the forward-thumb button to ALT+Tab (if using X-Mouse Button Control set to "Simulated Keys (pressed)" and paste {ALT}{TAB}.

    This is not about using the physical keyboard to ALT+Tab, this thread is about assigning the Classic Alt+Tab function to a mouse and having it switch between the two active windows only instead of randomly wandering around different unrelated windows.

    Here is list of open Windows for both Windows 7 and 10:

    Window A [code/work browser]
    Window B [IDE/code editor]
    Window C [notepad]
    Window ♣ [funny cat pictures]
    Window Beta [separate browser for developer chat]
    Window Waldo [browser used to find an answer drowning in responses by people who just don't get it]

    Typically when I work I switch between my code editor and my test browser however this is just an example as I use the Classic non-borked Alt+Tab all the time between any two windows and when I'm done with a pair I will manually switch to another pair typically.

    To trigger the correct behavior press and hold ALT, press Tab once and then let go of both keys.

    Windows 7 Classic Alt+Tab (correct mouse-ALT+Tab behavior):

    Window A
    Code:
     Window B [browser / reload / worked? No? Back to code!]
     Window A [code]
     Window B [browser / reload / worked? No? Back to code!]
     Window A [code]
     Window B [browser / reload / worked? No? Back to code!]
     Window A [code]
     Window B [browser / reload / worked? No? Back to code!]
     
     Windows 10 Classic Alt+Tab restored via registry (incorrect mouse-ALT+Tab behavior):
     
     Window A [code]
     Window X [WTH?!]
     Window ♣ [huge vein on forehead appears]
     Window Beta [violence likely]
     Window Waldo [divided by zero]
     
     Even when you get rid of the crappy GUI garbage they dumped on users in Windows 10 the behavior of Alt+Tabbing once (pressing Tab [i]once[/i] and letting go of the Alt key) is now absolute and utter chaos. I'm a GUI designer (UI/UX etc) and the goal is to always achieve maximum results with minimum input.
     
     No:
     
     [list][*]I'm not going to use ALT+Esc
    [*]I'm not going to use Windows+Tab
    [*]I'm not going to add twenty seconds staring at window explosions in place of 20ms action.
    [*]I'm not going to post on Microsoft Answers because the last thing you ever get there is a frigin answer.
    [*]My work won't allow me to dump Windows 10 like the released-two-years-too-early-mess it is and just go back to Windows 7.
    [/list]
     
     Please, fellow beings of competence, hear my plea! I've probably had [i]hours[/i] of my time wasted by [i]just[/i] this Windows 10 "feature" alone.
     
    jabcreations, Nov 20, 2022
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  3. How do I get Windows XP/7/8/10 Alt-Tab functionality in Windows 11

    Hi Mike. I'm Greg, 10 years awarded Windows MVP, here to help you.

    Yes, there is a way to revert to the legacy Alt Tab functionality in Windows 11:

    https://winaero.com/enable-classic-alttab-dialo...



    Report back results for each step so I know what else to suggest.

    Feel free to ask back any questions. Based on the results you post back I may have other suggestions if necessary.

    ______________________________________________

    Standard Disclaimer: There are links to non-Microsoft websites. The pages appear to be providing accurate, safe information. Watch out for ads on the sites that may advertise products frequently classified as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Products). Thoroughly research any product advertised on the sites before you decide to download and install it.
     
    Greg Carmack - Windows MVP 2010-2020 (retired), Nov 20, 2022
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  4. rec2tec Win User

    How to restore the Classic Alt+Tab Dialog in Windows 11

    Alt-Tab in Windows 10

    This was driving me a bit crazy as well. The "Easy Fix" caused me more problems as well and I reverted back using system restore. I finally went with the solution found here:

    ALT+TAB - Use Classic Icons or Default Thumbnails

    You do a registry change by creating a DWORD value of AltTabSettings at:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    and giving it a value of 1 (one). This goes back to "classic" Alt+Tab settings.

    I had gotten used to the the preview screens using Win 10 Alt+Tab and liked them. However, Alt+Tab+Tab wasn't working for me.

    -Tom
     
    rec2tec, Nov 20, 2022
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