John Pyost

It's the little things that make life worth living.

Removing “Desktop” from the Task Switcher in Windows 7

with 6 comments

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:

  1. Run regedit (registry editor, you can find it by using the search bar)
  2. Go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  3. In the menu, go to Edit – New – DWORD (32-bit) Value
  4. Set the name to AltTabSettings, and the value to 1 (right-click, modify)

No need to restart, the “fix” will start working straight away.


Written by pyost

October 16, 2009 at 13:38

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Removing "Desktop" from the Task Switcher in Windows 7 .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.


    January 10, 2010 at 10:48

  2. Works for me, thanks.


    August 26, 2010 at 16:34

  3. I love you.

    Dave Thomas

    March 20, 2011 at 18:27

  4. Side-effects: disables use of arrow keys in Alt-Tab, as well as the Ctrl-Alt-Tab version. Not worth it.


    December 5, 2011 at 22:31

  5. Other side effect : Tasks lose previews and revert to simple icons.
    Still worth it, imo.


    March 8, 2012 at 01:18

  6. can I remove annoying desktop from windows+tab task switcher list also?


    October 18, 2013 at 04:37

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: