In this tutorial we will show you how to restore the classic Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11/10. You will be able to use XP-style Alt+Tab switch which was introduced into Windows 95 and continued in Windows XP. This old Alt+Tab menu only shows app icons and is compact in size. While the modern Alt+Tab menu in Windows 11 looks pretty good and shows thumbnail previews of open programs, the classic Alt+Tab is very simple and less distracting, as you can see in the image below. So, if you want to use it, you can check the options included in this post.
How to restore the classic Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11/10
There are three different ways restore the classic Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11/10. These are:
- Using the Windows Registry
- Using Ultimate Windows Tweaker 5
- Temporarily open the classic Alt+Tab menu.
Let’s use these options one by one.
1]Using the Windows Registry
If you want to permanently enable the classic Alt+Tab dialog box in Windows 11, you can use the Windows Registry trick. You can always go back to the modern Alt+Tab dialog at any time. Before doing so, back up the Windows registry in case you need it later. Now follow the steps below:
- Open the search box, type regeditand click Sign in key to open the Windows Registry (or Registry Editor)
- Go to Leader enter the following path in the registry editor:
- Create a new DWORD (32-bit) value in the right section Leader the key
- Rename the new value to AltTab settings
- Open it Edit field AltTabSettings DWORD value by double-clicking it
- Place 1 in value data
- Click good button
- Restart File Explorer.
To restore the modern Alt+Tab menu, follow the steps above and delete in AltTab settings the value you have created. Restart File Explorer to apply the changes.
2]Using Ultimate Windows Tweaker 5
If you are not comfortable making changes to the Windows registry manually, you can also use our free Ultimate Windows Tweaker to restore XP Style Alt+Tab Switcher in Windows 11. More than 200 tweaks are available for you to use and the classic Alt+Tab is one of such settings. Here are the steps:
- Download the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 5 ZIP file and extract it to a folder
- Run the EXE file to open the tool interface
- Choose Setting category from the left section
- U Windows 11 tab on the right, select Enable classic Alt+Tab menu option
- Uncheck the other options on this tab, otherwise these settings will also be applied. However, you can use any setting you like
- Click Apply Tweaks button.
This will automatically restart File Explorer and you can start using the old Alt+Tab menu.
To disable the classic Alt+Tab menu, you can use the above steps, remove the check mark in Enable classic Alt+Tab menu option and click Apply Tweaks button.
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3]Temporarily open the classic Alt+Tab menu
This is an interesting technique that I like the most. If you don’t prefer to tweak your registry settings, you can temporarily open the classic Alt+Tab menu with this option. Here are the steps:
- Press and hold in on the left Alt key
- Click right Alt key and release
- Click on Tab and you will see the classic Alt+Tab menu.
You can keep pressing the Tab key (while holding down the left Alt key) to switch between open programs.
Release the Alt and Tab keys and the selected application will open. The classic Alt+Tab menu will also disappear as it is only visible once with this trick. You can repeat the above steps as many times as you want to temporarily open the classic Alt+Tab menu.
How do I get the old Alt-Tab back?
If you’re using a Windows 11 computer and want to bring back the old Alt+Tab menu (the XP-style Alt+Tab switch), also known as the classic Alt+Tab dialog, there are three ways you can do it. They include a Registry editor method, Art The ultimate Windows Tweaker and a trick that temporarily shows the old Alt+Tab dialog. All these options with step-by-step instructions are included in this post. Check them out.
How do I fix the Alt-Tab crash?
If Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut is not working in Windows 11/10 then restart File Explorer. This may be a temporary glitch that will be resolved this way. If it doesn’t work, turn it on Enable Peek and run the built-in keyboard troubleshooter. Otherwise, reinstall the keyboard driver. To do this, you can expand Keyboards in Device Manager, right-click the keyboard driver and use Removing the device option. Windows will automatically install the keyboard driver after restarting.
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