ENABLING AND DISABLING WINDOWS 8 SWITCHER

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Windows 8 has come with so many features that are unknown to all the other versions of Windows. One such feature is the Windows switcher. In the previous versions of Windows if a user wanted to switch Windows easily they would use Windows Key + Tab or Alt + Tab. The Alt + Tab features of switching between different windows is still available in Windows 8 but there is this new feature called Windows Switcher that might have replaced the Windows Key + Tab window switcher.

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This switcher is located in the top left hand side of the Desktop and in using it just drive the pointer to the left top corner and if any Windows 8 application is open it will pop up. In this tutorial I am going to cover how a user can enable or disable the Windows 8 switcher.

Enabling Switcher.

To enable switcher you must create a .bat file using Notepad.

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run dialog box.
  2. Type notepad and press Enter.
  3. This will open a new Untitled-Note pad.
  4. Copy all the below content as they appear and paste it in notepad.

@echo off
REG Delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI” /V DisableTLcorner /F
:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

  1. Save the notepad in the desktop with the name Enable Switcherand with an extension .batsuch that the file name will be EnableSwitcher.bat
  2. After saving on the desktop, close the application and run it from the desktop by double clicking on it.
  3. You will note the switcher will at the top left corner of the Windows 8 Desktop.

 Disabling Switcher.

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windowswitcher

In order to disable switcher in Windows 8 follow the instructions below.

  1. Open notepad again by following procedure 1 and 2 above.
  2. Copy the content below and paste it into the new notepad.

@echo off
REG ADD “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\EdgeUI” /V DisableTLcorner /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F
:: To kill and restart explorer
taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
start explorer.exe

  1. Once again save it on the desktop with the name Disable Switcher with a .bat extension i.e. Disable Switcher.bat
  2. Close the notepad and click on it to run it.

Running this .bat files will make the screen to flicker because Explorer is being restated by this commands. After disabling switcher you will not be able to access the switcher from the top left corner. But you have both the knowledge of enabling and re-enabling switcher. So you can do either. That’s it, thanks for reading.

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