How-To Configure Windows 7 to Use Windows XP Style Alt-Tab Menu

Perhaps you prefer the “good ole days”. Or, perhaps you have a close attachment to Windows XP?  Whatever the reason, if you’ve ever wanted to use the old Windows-XP-Style Alt+Tab window, today we’ll give you two quick methods of doing it using our standard Step-by-Step method as well as a groovy Screencast!

How-To Configure Windows 7 to use XP Alt-Tab Menu {Screencast}

How-To Configure Windows 7 to use XP Alt-Tab Menu

Method 1 – Through A Quick Keyboard Combination

Step 1

Press and Hold Right Alt on your keyboard

Step 2

While holding the Right Tab key, quickly press Left Alt.

Step 3

Then press Tab.

You will get the old-school classic Alt-Tab windows that you see in Windows XP.


Method 2 – Permanently Set The Classic Alt+Tab Through A Registry Modification

Step 1

Open the Start Menu and type in regedit. Then hit Enter to confirm.


Step 2

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and create a new 32-Bit DWORD Value and call it AltTabSettings.


Step 3

Then open the file and give it a value of 1.


Now close regedit and try Alt+Tab again. The classic method should be set as your default one.

If you would ever want to restore the Windows 7 style of Alt+Tabbing, simply delete the DWORD file from the registry and reboot your computer so that the changes can take effect.



  1. anon

    June 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    great post–thanks much!

  2. Chris

    August 15, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for this!!

  3. lukka

    November 6, 2011 at 2:31 am

    great! Thanks a lot!

  4. Oekonom

    December 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I cannot thank enough for that!
    This new alt tab was driving me craty :-D

  5. Reg

    March 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Thank you, simple is better. Too much info on screen just to move to another window is bad…

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