Removing “Desktop” from the Task Switcher in Windows 7
Since I’ve been a XP user for the past six years, there are some aspects of Windows 7 I can’t get used to. Fortunately, everything can be customised.
I don’t know whether this “feature” is available in Vista, but when you press Alt+Tab in Windows 7, the Task Switcher displays all the programs that are currently running, plus the Desktop. If you don’t need this (because you can use WindowsKey+D to show desktop), there is a way to remove it:
- Run regedit (registry editor, you can find it by using the search bar)
- Go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
- In the menu, go to Edit – New – DWORD (32-bit) Value
- Set the name to AltTabSettings, and the value to 1 (right-click, modify)
No need to restart, the “fix” will start working straight away.