December 7, 2012

Windows: how to select different windows

If you have the same application with some instances, like Windows/File Explorer, and if you want to select one window there are many ways:
  • put the mouse cursor on the taskbar icon and wait the thumbnail, then click the thumbnail
  • CTRL + left click on the program icon (on the taskbar) to switch between windows
But there is another way 
  • clicking the program icon to switch between windows
Like the CTRL + left click, but without pressing CTRL.

To do this (you must be admin or from the admin group, elevate Regedit with admin rights):
  • open the Registry (WIN+R, write "regedit" without quotes and press Enter) 
  • go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • you have to create a new item inside Advanced
  • Right click > new or Edit > New
  • select DWORD (32-bit)
  • write "LastActiveClick" as a value name
  • write 1 as a value data
  • OK
  • the new value is inside Advanced, double-click to view (like the following picture)
  • quit Regedit


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