Friday, March 30, 2012

Speed Up Windows 7 Taskbar Navigation with a Registry Hack

As you can read on Lifehacker (here), and on a number of other sites, with a simple registry hack you can modify the way windows handles clicks on stacked apps in the taskbar.

Here is the tweak:

  • Launch regedit.exe (Win+R, then paste regedit.exe)
  • Navigate in the left tree control to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Go to Edit->New->DWORD (32-bit) Value
  • Name the value LastActiveClick
  • Hit enter to assign the value and change it to 1
  • Restart Explorer and you're good to go.

To restart Explorer without rebooting, open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and end the Explorer.exe process. Then create a new task (under "File") and paste "explorer.exe".

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