John Pyost

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Removing “Desktop” from the Task Switcher in Windows 7

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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