AltPlusTab lets you customize Alt+Tab menu in Windows 10

AltPlusTab is a portable freeware that lets you modify some appearance settings related to the Alt+Tab functionality in Windows 10. It can dim the Background, background opacity of the strip & display an image in the background. Alt + Tab shortcut is a widely used to switch between open windows on the go and the tool ‘AltPlusTab’ lets you customize the feel and appearance of that menu by tweaking a few basic settings.

AltPlusTab for Windows 10

AltPlusTab is a portable freeware and that means you do not have to install it. Simply extract the contents of the zip file and click on the .exe file to open the following window.


Customize Alt+Tab Menu

There are particularly three appearance settings that can be changed and modified using this tool. All of them are discussed below in detail.

1] Background Dimming

The option comes with three different modes:

  1. Default
  2. 50% dimming.
  3. 100% dimming.

You can choose a relevant mode to adjust the dimming of the background of the ‘Alt + Tab’ functionality, and you can easily revert back changes by selecting the default option.

2] Grid Background

Grid Background refers to the background opacity of the strip that contains the live miniatures of the active windows. There are four options to choose from:

  1. Default
  2. Opaque
  3. Semi Transparent
  4. Transparent.

If you’ve unknowingly made any changes, you can always revert back using the default option. The changes made are real time, no restarts are required. Just select an appropriate option and then hit ‘Alt+Tab’ from your keyboard to see the changes.

3] Background window

You must have noticed the background window while you use the ‘Alt+Tab’ feature on your PC, the background windows can be made hidden and the desktop wallpaper will be displayed instead in the background.

Although the application enables you to revert back the changes by selecting the default option, it is still advisable to create a system restore point or backup your registry before proceeding with the tool.


AltPlusTab has been developed by Lavish Thakkar, for It supports Windows 10, 32-bit & 64-bit. If you wish to give feedback or have questions, its developer will happy to answer your questions here. So please keep the discussion to AltPlusTab software only. This post will show you how to manually change Transparency Level of Alt-Tab Grid Box in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.