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How to Use Old Windows XP Style ALT + TAB on Windows 10

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If you want to open the task switcher on Windows 10, use the keyboard shortcut “Alt + Tab.” This will allow you to view and switch between the two most recent applications or the other task that is running. To open the task switcher, press and hold the “Alt” key and use the “Tab” key to cycle through the available options.

You can still make a change in the Registry to bring back the old task switcher that only included the icon and name of the app even though Windows 10’s new interface provides large thumbnails along with a live preview for each app that is running on the operating system. This is possible despite the fact that the new interface for Windows 10 includes these features.

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In this tutorial for Windows 10, we will walk you through the steps necessary to change the system settings in order to restore the “Alt + Tab” interface and modify applications in the same manner that you most likely did in the past, i.e. without the use of fancy graphics or thumbnails.

How to make the old “Alt + Tab” keyboard shortcut work using Registry

Follow these steps in order to enable the classic Alt + Tab style of keyboard shortcut on Windows 10:

Caution: this message serves as a friendly reminder that making changes to the Registry can be dangerous. If you do not roll in the hay in the correct manner, you could end up causing irreparable damage to your installation. As a result, before continuing, we strongly advise that you create a full backup of your computer.

1. Open Start.

2. Conduct a search for regedit and then select the result that comes up first to open the Registry.

3. Navigate to the following location:

HKEY CURRENT USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

A helpful hint: If you want to quickly jump to the key destination in the Registry on Windows 10, simply copy and paste the trail into the address bar of the Registry.

4. Using the context menu that appears after right-clicking the Explorer (folder) key, select New, and then click on the DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

5. After giving the key the name AltTabSettings, press the Enter key.

6. To change the value of the newly created DWORD, double-click on it and change it from 0 to 1.

7. Activate the button labelled OK.

8. restart your computer to fix the problem.

After you have finished these steps, you will be able to modify running applications by using the legacy interface by using the keyboard shortcut Alt + Tab.

You can always revert the changes by following equivalent instructions if you would like the stylish task switcher to return. However, on step No. 8, change the DWORD value from 1 to 0, or delete the Alt+Tab Settings key, and then restart your computer after making either of these changes.