How to customize Alt + Tab switcher in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 [Tip]

This post covered how you can add a new Alt + Tab switcher to Windows. If you prefer to stick with the original Alt + Tab switcher, you can still customize it. With Alt + Tab Tuner you can adjust Alt + Tab switcher spacing, margins, thumb size etc.

You can add Alt + Tab Tuner to Windows 7 or 8 from this page. There click on the Download option to save it as a Zip file. Next right-click on the Zip file, select Extract All and choose a suitable extracted folder location. Then click on alttabtuner in the extracted folder to open the window below.

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From that window, we can make a number of modifications to the Alt + Tab switcher. To adjust the size of the thumbnail preview windows, drag the Thumbs Size bar upwards. Then click Apply to resize them as in the shot below.

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To adjust the spacing between the thumbnails, drag the X and Y bars in the spacing box upwards. Click the Apply button, and press Alt + Tab to open the tab switcher as below. Note how the spacing between the thumbnail previews has widened.

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The window includes three bars that customize the Alt + Tab switcher margins. Drag the Top and Bottom bars to expand the margins at the top and bottom of the Alt + Tab switcher as below.. The Side bar expands the margins to the left and right of the thumbnails.

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Alt + Tab Tuner also includes an option that adds a classic Windows XP switcher to Windows 7/8. Click on the Old Style Alt + Tab Dialog check box. Then your Alt + Tab switcher will include icons instead of thumbnails.

So you can make quite a few modifications to the Alt + Tab switcher with Alt + Tab Tuner. As a freeware package with minimal system requirements it’s worth noting.

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