Flip 3D feature in Windows – Enable or Disable

This article will tell you how to disable or enable Flip 3D in Windows 7 or Windows Vista while keeping all the other Aero features intact. Pressing the Win+Tab key lets you scroll or cycle through all the open windows on your desktop. This is the Flip 3D feature.

Enable or Disable Flip 3D in Windows 7

Type gpedit.msc in Start Menu Search Box and hit enter to open the Group Policy Editor. Go to Local Computer Policy > User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Desktop Window Manager as shown below.

Open Properties of Do not allow Flip 3D invocation and set it as ‘enabled’. Click OK. Close.

Flip 3D desktop shortcut

To create a shortcut to activate or enable back Flip3D, type the following in the Location box and create a shortcut the usual way:

Rundll32 dwmApi #105

Bonus Tip:

Add Flip 3D To Context Menu

Open the Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT \ Directory \ Background \ shellex \ ContextMenuHandlers \ ContextMenuHandlers

Right click on the ContextMenuHandlers key, and select New.

Click Key. Now name the new registry key as Windows Switcher. Now for this key, in the RHS pane, double click on the Default value name and set the value data for the key as


Click OK. Exit regedit.

On the Desktop right click and in the context menu you will see and option as ‘Windows Switcher‘. That’s your Flip 3D switch!

How To Turn Aero, On / Off, in a click may also interest you.

In Windows 8, things are different. Now the operating system uses the Win+Tab hotkey to display the new switcher on the left side of your screen, and is useful to switch between your Windows Store apps.

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