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

    great post–thanks much!

  2. Chris

    Thanks for this!!

  3. lukka

    great! Thanks a lot!

  4. Oekonom

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

  5. Reg

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

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