Windows 10’s registry is packed with useful hidden settings you can’t find anywhere else in Windows. From classic registry hacks that worked on Windows 7 to all-new hacks for Windows 10, here are our favorites.
Switch Windows With a Single Click on the Taskbar
Like Windows 7 before it, Windows 10 combines multiple windows from running applications into a single button on your taskbar. When you click the button, you see thumbnails of your open windows and you can click the one you want.
But what if you could simply click an application’s taskbar button to open the last window you actively used? What if you could keep clicking the button to cycle through your open windows? You could switch between windows much more quickly.
That’s what the “LastActiveClick” setting does. You can also simply press the Ctrl key and hold it down as you click a taskbar button to achieve this behavior, but LastActiveClick makes it the default behavior when you click a taskbar button—no holding down a key required. You have to enable LastActiveClick with a registry hack.
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