Alt+Tab key combinations help users to view all the open Alt Tab dialog windows in a thumbnail view and then switch from one window to another. If the number of windows opened, increases or decreases, the thumbnail size of individual window decreases or increases proportionately. In this regard, it is important to mention that in previous versions of Windows, the thumbnail view of tabs were different from the current one. The present thumbnail view of the Alt Tab dialog box looks like the screenshot below. If you want to revert back to the old Alt Tab dialog in Windows 10, then check out the steps below:


Steps to get the old Alt Tab dialog in Windows 10

1. Press Win+R and type regedit and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.


2. Now navigate to the following location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.


3. In the right panel, right click, go to New, select DWORD Value (32-bit) and name it AltTabSettings.


4. Set the value to 1.


5. Now sign out of your account and sign in back to see the changes.



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  1. But I can’t use the arrow keys to navigate within the app list. In Win 7 it was possible. Do you know how to make the arrow keys work?

  2. This is not working. The path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.. Does not change any keyboard setting. Why should it. I tried it and still does not work

  3. Thank you very much for posting this. Unfortunately some Microsoft applications (e.g. Skype, Edge) only show a generic icon is this view. Does anyone know how to get proper icons for these apps?

  4. I find it so absolutely sucky that this isn’t easily configurable (and seemingly the old style is no longer being developed) — I am a keyboard FREAK, and avoid the mouse… and alt-tab in win10 (especially when you have peak turned on, yuck!) – its so slow!! I have a brand new high end laptop with 16gb ram and it’s SLOW when alt-tabbing complex apps… and even simple things! to alt tab and do a quick comparison (for example between 2 open notepad files) its horrible. I bums me out there is a continued focus on making things look pretty and losing efficiency.


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