If you have opened multiple apps on your Windows 11, you can switch between them by using the Alt + Tab shortcut. The Win + Tab shortcut is also used for switching between multiple apps opened on a Windows device. When you use any one of these shortcuts, Windows shows you all the opened windows and blurs the background so that you can easily switch to the app you want. If you do not want the blurred background on Windows 11 while using the Alt + Tab or Win + Tab shortcuts, you can remove it. In this article, we will show you how to remove the Alt + Tab blur background in Windows 11. The same setting also removes the blurred background for Win + Tab.
How to remove Alt+Tab Blur Background in Windows 11
Below, we have explained the step-by-step process to remove the Alt + Tab blur background in Windows 11. The steps will remain the same to remove the blurred background for Win + tab. You can use any of the following methods to remove blurred background while pressing the Alt + tab keys:
- Windows 11 Settings.
- Enabling the classic Alt + Tab interface.
In Windows 11 22H2 Update, Microsoft has changed the Alt + Tab interface. Now, users see the opened windows in a box when they press the Alt + Tab shortcut keys to switch between the opened apps. Also, the Alt + Tab background in Windows 11 22H2 Update is not blurred (see the above screenshot). But if you use the Win + Tab shortcut to switch between the opened apps, you will still see the blurred background. Hence, you can follow the steps provided below if you want to remove Win + Tab blur background.
If you have Windows 11 version prior to the 22H2, you will not see the boxed Alt + Tab interface. Instead, the Atl + Tab background remains blurred.
Remove Alt + Tab blur background in Windows 11 via Windows 11 Settings
The following steps will show you how to remove the Alt + Tab blur background in Windows 11 via Windows 11 Settings:
- Open Windows 11 Settings.
- Go to “Accessibility > Visual effects.”
- Turn off the button next to Transparency effects.
After performing the above steps, the Alt + Tab and Win + Tab blurred backgrounds will be removed.
How to Enable the classic Alt +Tab interface in Windows 11
You can also enable the classic Alt + Tab interface. This method activates the old Alt+ Tab interface found in old Windows versions, like Windows XP. After activating the old Alt + Tab interface, the blurred background will be removed. Let’s see how to do that.
Open the Run command box and type regedit. Click OK. Click Yes in the UAC prompt. This will open the Registry Editor.
Now, copy the following path, paste it into the address bar of the Registry Editor, and hit Enter.
Make sure that you have selected the Explorer key on the left side. Now, right-click in the empty space on the right side and go to “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.” Give the name AltTabSettings to this newly created value.
Right-click on the AltTabSettings value and select Modify. Type 1 in its Value data and click OK.
Restart the Windows Explorer. The following steps will guide you on how to restart Windows Explorer:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
- Select the Process tab.
- Scroll down and locate Windows Explorer.
- Once you find it, right-click on it and select Restart.
After restarting the Windows Explorer, the classic Alt + Tab interface will be restored. Do note that, this method only removes the Alt + Tab blur background and does not work to remove the Win + Tab blur background. If restarting Windows Explorer does not work, restart your computer.
If you want to remove the blurred background while using the Win + Tab too, you have to disable the Transparency effects in Windows 11 Settings.
If you want to restore the newer Alt + Tab interface again in Windows 11, delete the AltTabSettings Value from the Registry or change its Value data to 0. After that, restart Windows Explorer.
How do I get rid of Alt Tab blur in Windows 11?
As said earlier, there are to ways to get rid of Alt Tab blur in Windows 11 – using Windows Settings and using Registry Editor. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer. Create a REG_DWORD value named AltTabSettings and set the Value data as 1. Then, restart the Windows Explorer process using Task Manager.
How do I get the old Alt Tab in Windows 11?
If you want to restore the classic or old Alt Tab interface on Windows 11, you have to modify your Registry. Before doing that, it is recommended to create a System Restore Point and backup Windows Registry. We have explained the process to restore the classic Alt + Tab interface on Windows 11 in this article.
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