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How to Set ALT+TAB to Use Classic Icons or Thumbnails by Default in Windows


You can press the Alt+Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows.

Pressing Alt+Tab will show open windows as thumbnails by default.

You can also press and hold the right Alt key, press and release the left Alt key, and press Tab to have Alt+Tab show open windows as classic icons instead.

This tutorial will show you how to set Alt+Tab to always show classic icons or thumbnails by default for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


EXAMPLE: ALT+TAB showing classic icons and thumbnails (default)
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Here's How:

The downloadable .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

AltTabSettings DWORD

0 = Thumbnails
1 = Classic icons


1. Do step 2 (thumbnails) or step 3 (classic icons) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Use Alt+Tab with Thumbnail Previews

This is the default setting.

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

Use_Alt+Tab_thumbnail_previews.bat

download


 3. To Use Alt+Tab with Classic Icons

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

Use_Alt+Tab_classic_icons.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 as a command prompt quickly opens and closes, and explorer restarts to apply the registry changes.

8. You could now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn