Hide program icon and its name when alt+tab  


  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hide program icon and its name when alt+tab


    Hello Shawn and Everyone,

    I want to ask please if there any way to hide the program icon and its name when alt+tab on Windows 10 (see the screenshot please):
    https://i.imgur.com/BjxOg0e.png

    any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance and Best Regards to All.
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  2. Posts : 108
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Jack Simon said:
    any way to hide the program icon and its name when alt+tab on Windows 10.

    Hi,
    could you be a bit more specific and explain at which point you want the program icon to hide (for whatever reason)?
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  3. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #3

    It is pretty clear - when you press Alt-TAB. It then shows what movie you were watching (including the name) on VLC when your boss looked over your shoulder and you flicked back to Excel pretending to work.

    As for how, I think it is a property of the program : Best way to hide a window from the Alt-Tab program switcher? - Stack Overflow so you'd have to recompile it yourself to hide this information.
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Sep 2018 at 07:38. Reason: cleaned
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  4. Posts : 13,180
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
       #4

    The Title bars on the programs I have open get obscured by the next program IF they are all running as Maximized [Full Screen F11 is a different thing, gets rid of most of the toolbars to allow more view.]
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  5. Posts : 17,838
    Windows 10
       #5

    Jack Simon said:
    Hello Shawn and Everyone,

    I want to ask please if there any way to hide the program icon and its name when alt+tab on Windows 10 (see the screenshot please):
    https://i.imgur.com/BjxOg0e.png

    any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance and Best Regards to All.
    Yes, but you will need to modify the Windows Registry, so, if you're comfortable with that, here goes:

    In the Windows registry, navigate to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

    right click on the Explorer key, hover on New > click on Key

    name that new key MultitaskingView

    now, right click on MultitaskingView key, hover on New > click Key

    name that sub-Key AltTabViewHost

    with AltTabViewHost highlighted, right click an empty space in the right hand pane, hover on New > click on DWORD (32 bit) Value

    name that DWORD Thumbnail_icon_size hit Enter twice and give it a Value data: of 0 (default is 10)

    (Enter the names and values exactly as you see them here!) (The affects are immediate, no need to reboot or restart anything)

    (If you want to undo what you did, just delete the Keys you created)

    Hide program icon and its name when alt+tab-000006.png

    Hide program icon and its name when alt+tab-annotation.png
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  6. Posts : 5,478
    2004
       #6

    Gosh. That worked perfectly.

    I found Thumbnail_icon_size default was 0 not 10 but blimey - what a good trick!
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  7. Posts : 17,838
    Windows 10
       #7

    lx07 said:
    Gosh. That worked perfectly.

    I found Thumbnail_icon_size default was 0 not 10 but blimey - what a good trick!
    There's a whole whack these tweaks you can do,
    show Wallpaper or Windows and Wallpaper behind,
    dim the Background or not...

    Hide program icon and its name when alt+tab-annotation.png

    The instructions and an extensive list can be found Here
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  8. Posts : 1
    windows 10
       #8

    @Edwin Thanks for sharing this solution. I happen to have a similar question. I made Total Commander my default file explorer, however when it's minimized to taskbar it still shows during alt tab. How can I modify your solution to remove TC from alt tab view?
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