Step 1: Open the Registry Editor
To disable the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7, you need to access the Registry Editor. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “regedit” and press Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
Once you have opened the Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.
Step 3: Create a New DWORD Value
Right-click on the Explorer key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value “AltTabSettings” and press Enter.
Step 4: Modify the Value Data
Double-click on the AltTabSettings value and change the Value data to “1”. This will disable the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7.
Step 5: Restart Explorer
After modifying the AltTabSettings value, you need to restart the Explorer process for the changes to take effect. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. Click on the “Processes” tab and select “explorer.exe”. Click on the “End Process” button and confirm the action. Then, click on the “File” menu and select “New Task (Run…)”. Type “explorer.exe” and press Enter to restart the Explorer process.
Step 6: Test the Changes
Once you have restarted the Explorer process, test the changes by pressing the Alt+Tab keys. You should no longer see the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I re-enable the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7?
Yes, you can re-enable the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7 by following the same steps and changing the AltTabSettings value data to “0” or deleting the value altogether.
2. Will disabling the Alt+Tab preview affect other keyboard shortcuts?
No, disabling the Alt+Tab preview will not affect other keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7.
3. Is it safe to modify the Windows Registry?
Modifying the Windows Registry can be risky if not done correctly. Make sure to backup your registry before making any changes and follow the tutorial carefully.
In this tutorial, we have shown you how to disable the Alt+Tab preview in Windows 7 using the Registry Editor. By following these steps, you can improve your productivity and avoid distractions caused by the Alt+Tab preview feature. Remember to be careful when modifying the Windows Registry and always backup your registry before making any changes.