Alt Tab Tuner VIII

I notice that hidden settings of the Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 8 are different from Windows 7. E.g., Microsoft has removed Columns/Rows and Fade effect settings, but added Focus Width and LOTS of other settings that suddenly does nothing at this moment.
I will post them all with descriptions in blog here at Winaero, so interested person can wait for the article which will come in near future..
Today I would like to offer you my latest application - Alt Tab Tuner VIII. It was written from scratch for better code base and full featured Windows 8 support. Alt Tab Tuner VIII is the successor of my famous Alt+Tab Tuner for Windows 7.

With brand new Alt Tab Tuner VIII you will able to change the following settings of Alt+Tab dialog:
  • size of the thumbnails
  • horizontal spacing between the thumbnails
  • vertical spacing between the thumbnails
  • top, left, right and bottom margins of thumbnail
  • icon size and position relative to the thumbnail
  • window title text offset
  • width of the focus border

Use "restore defaults" button to reset all settings to their defaults.

Alt Tab Tuner VIII is compatible with Windows 8 x86 and Windows x64. This is portable software and does not require to be installed.

Alt Tab Tuner VIII in action

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  1. TerminX
    23 Jan 13

    I really like the various little utilities you've created here... keep up the good work!

  2. throughthepanes
    23 Jan 13

    It seems to not allow Modern (metro) apps show up in the Alt+Tab sequence. They disappeared for me, even though they were still really open (opening them again opened as if just hidden).

  3. Sergey
    23 Jan 13

    It does not affect Modern apps.
    They have own switcher (Win+Tab)

  4. xpclient
    24 Jan 13

    @throughthepanes, there is a major FAIL in Windows 8. If your Explorer.exe has crashed one, Metro apps stop showing in the Alt+Tab/Win+Tab lists and even the Switcher stops working.

  5. Sergey
    24 Jan 13

    Was not noticed because I am not a user of Modern Apps

  6. Janus
    04 Feb 13

    You might want to add control for number of columns and rows;
    after I used your app to make AltTab sized as I like, I used
    Regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop > CoolSwitchColumns and CoolSwitchRows.

  7. @Janus
    05 Feb 13

    Those are reg values for tweaking legacy (old style) Alt-Tab which work only up to Windows XP. Vista broke them.

  8. Fernando
    07 Feb 13

    This is great, thank you!!! It makes it so much easier to tell what each thing is when the icons are a bit bigger. Btw, what does focus width and text offset mean?

  9. begem0t
    14 May 13

    Columns and Rows settings in Windows 8 64-bit work as of May 14th. Maybe MS decided to fixed it.

  10. jruppert
    23 Oct 13


    Would it be possible to add an option in this app that makes the alt tab menu default with a swipe gesture? For example, replacing the windows tab gesture from the left? Right now, on tablets, I tend to get messed up between metro and desktop windows. Often I'm looking to get a window with all apps separate not just the desktop alone.

  11. Sergey
    24 Oct 13

    Nope, this is not possible

  12. John
    02 Nov 13

    Would it be possible to add an option to have metro apps to not show up in alt-tab?

  13. Sergey
    03 Nov 13

    Sorry, this is not possible

  14. madhouserevial
    22 Dec 13

    I didn't see this before I complained about the prior one. This is awesome. However, the close button doesn't do anything so I have to click the X instead.

  15. Nemix
    24 Dec 13

    Thanks for this wonderful tool.

    I was wondering if you can add an option to make the ALT-TAB background color on Windows 8/8.1 the same color as the taskbar/Windows borders on the Desktop?

    Seems in Windows 8/8.1 the background color of the ALT-TAB switcher takes the Metro UI's color scheme which makes it look very out of place when using the ALT-TAB switcher Windows 8/8.1 in the Desktop.

  16. miek
    12 Jun 15

    I find this useful, now shut up and take my money

  17. Eli
    26 Jun 15

    Great tool, thanks

  18. Sindyr
    18 Aug 15

    Hi there, I'm looking to find out how to modify the preview sizes in Alt-Tab for Windows 10. Do you have any guidance or thoughts? - thanks.

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