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How to Disable Microsoft Edge Tabs in Alt+Tab on Windows 11

You can disable Microsoft Edge tabs in the Alt+Tab dialog in Windows 11 if you don't like this behavior. By default, Alt+Tab adds 5 most recent tabs open in Microsoft Edge to app thumbnails when you switch between windows.

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This behavior is not new to Windows 11. Microsoft was first implemented it in Windows 10 version 20H2. Since then, the Redmond software giant keeps it enabled in all Windows versions.

Windows 11 Shows Edge Tabs In Alt Tab By Default

Some users never liked to see individual Edge tabs when switching between apps. Luckily, Alt+Tab allows customizing what it shows. You can make it show

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only

Let's see how to change the Alt+Tab dialog contents in Windows 11.

Disable Edge Tabs in the Alt+Tab Dialog

To disable Microsoft Edge Tabs in Alt+Tab on Windows 11, do the following.

  1. Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on System on the left, then click on Multitasking on the right side.
  3. Select System > Multitasking in SettingsOn the next page, click the drop down menu in the Alt + Tab section.
  4. Select Open windows only to remove all Edge tabs from the window selection dialog.Disable Edge Tabs In Alt Tab On Windows 11

You are done!  Microsoft Edge tabs will no longer be listen in Alt+Tab. Otherwise, you can select any other option that fits your workflow.

Alternatively, you can configure the Alt+Tab dialog in the Registry. This method comes in handy when the Settings app is not accessible, or when you need to deploy your preferences between multiple computers.

Remove Edge Tabs from Alt+Tab with a Registry tweak

  1. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog, type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced key.
  3. To the right of the Advanced key, create or modify the 32-bit DWORD value MultiTaskingAltTabFilter.
  4. Set its value data to 3 to remove Edge tabs from Alt + Tab.Remove Remove Edge Tabs from Alt+Tab in Windows 11
  5. You can also set it to one of the following values.
    • 0 = Show open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge
    • 1 = Show Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
    • 2 = Show Open windows and 3 most recent Edge tabs

Done!

To save your time, you can download the following Registry files.

Download Registry Files

Download this ZIP archive and extract the included REG files to any folder of your choice.

Registry Files to Disable Edge Tabs In Alt Tab

Now, double-click on one of the following files that implement the Alt + Tab behavior you want to enable.

  • Show open windows only.reg
  • Show open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge.reg
  • Show open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge.reg
  • Show open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge.reg

If prompted by the User Account Control, click Yes to modify the Registry.

That's it.

 

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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