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How to Turn On or Off Last Active Click for Taskbar Buttons in Windows 10

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When you have multiple tabs (ex: IE11) or windows of the same app open, you can click/tap on the taskbar button of this app and click/tap on the live thumbnail preview of the tab or window you want to switch to.

The Last Active Click feature will allow you to only have to click/tap on a taskbar button to quickly switch to the last active window or tab currently open instead.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on of off to always use Last Active Click to switch to the last active window from taskbar buttons for your account in Windows 10.

Note   Note
Last Active Click will only work if taskbar buttons are combined.

While using Last Active Click, you can keep clicking on a taskbar button to cycle switching between its last active windows or tabs currently open.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Use Last Active Click with Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Always Use Last Active Click using a BAT file

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Taskbar Buttons Last Active Click - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Taskbar Buttons Last Active Click - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Use Last Active Click with Keyboard Shortcut

1. Press and hold the Ctrl key, click/tap on the taskbar button that you want to switch to its last active window or tab currently open, and release the Ctrl key.





Taskbar Buttons Last Active Click - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Taskbar Buttons Last Active Click - Turn On or Off in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Always Use Last Active Click using a BAT file

Note   Note
The .bat files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

LastActiveClick DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On


1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

 2. To Turn On Always Use Last Active Click

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_On_LastActiveClick.bat

download

 3. To Turn Off Always Use Last Active Click

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_Off_LastActiveClick.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Run the .bat file.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn