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Force Windows 7 Taskbar To Automatically Return To Last Active Window [How-To]

Read How To Make The Taskbar Automatically Display The Last Active Window In Windows 7

If you’re new to Windows 7, the visual tab feature can seem refreshing and aesthetically pleasing.  However after using it for extended periods of time it can become annoying, constantly being required to select which window to open back up when switching between different applications.  Here’s the Registry fix for those who want to change that!


All of this how-to will be done in the Windows 7 registry, if you want to skip editing the registry you can jump down to the bottom of this article and download the registry fix package.


How To Make The Taskbar Automatically Display The Last Active Window In Windows 7

1. Click the Windows Start Menu Orb and Type regedit into the search box.  Press Enter on your keyboard or Click the regedit.exe program link.

open regedit.exe in windows 7

2. Browse to the following registry key:


Once you get there, Right-Click the Advanced key and Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

create a new dword 32bit in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced windows 7

3. Right-Click the New Value #1 you just created and Select Rename.  Name it LastActiveClick.

rename the dword to lastactiveclick

4. Double-Click LastActiveClick and Set the Value data to 1, then Click OK and exit regedit.

change the value data of lastactiveclick to 1

5. In order for changes to take effect you’ll need to restart your computer or just restart Explorer.  To close and restart explorer, Open the Start Menu, then Hold Ctrl+Shift and Right-Click the menu.  In the context menu Select Exit Explorer.

how to restart explorer in windows 7 without restarting

6.   Simultaneously Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and Task Manager will open.
Click File > New Task (Run…) and then Type in explorer in the box and Click OK.

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Explorer should start back up.

restart explorer in windows 7 without restarting open explorer

Download the Automatic Registry Fix

If the above steps are too long, or you just want to save time you can Download the pre-made registry fix and simply open it to apply the registry change with ease.

Download The LastActiveClick Registry Fix

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