Tweak The Windows Alt-Tab Preview With Alt-Tab Tuner

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 25, 2010
Updated • Dec 8, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

You can switch between all open windows easily if you press the keyboard combination Alt-Tab and keep holding Alt down. To switch between windows, you simply would press Tab to switch to the next window in line, or Shift-Tab to go backwards.

The preview screen shows thumbnails of all open windows. It furthermore draws a border around the active window, and displays its title at the top.

alt tab preview

It is a fast alternative to clicking on program windows in the Windows taskbar. Alt-Tab Tuner has been designed by Happy Bulldozer, who is the mastermind behind other programs like Aero Tuner which we have reviewed in the past.

alt tab tuner

Alt-Tab Tuner basically offers controls to change the layout and design of the Alt-Tab preview window.

Lets take a closer look at the functionality that the program offers:

  • Change the number of rows and columns that display thumbnails
  • Change the top / bottom / side margins
  • Change the spacing of elements
  • Change icon shift and size
  • Change the thumbs size
  • Change fade out and transparency
  • Switch to old style alt-tab dialog


It is hard to see but the windows in the modified Alt-Tab preview are actually larger than the old windows. Alt-Tab Tuner offers controls to manipulate the design of the Alt-Tab interface, which is for instance helpful for users who want to see larger thumbnail previews, or smaller ones to fit more preview windows directly on screen.

The program comes with a switch to automatically restart Windows Explorer after clicking on Apply. It requires a restart or log off before the changes become visible otherwise.

The portable program can reset the settings to their defaults. Alt-Tab Tuner is available for download at Deviant Art. (via)


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  1. Happy Bulldozer said on October 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

    All my top software here on ghacks!
    Martin, thank you very much for announce. I glad to see what you like it.

    1. Martin said on October 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

      You are welcome. Keep on producing and I keep on writing ;)

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