How to Adjust ALT+TAB Grid Background Transparency on Windows 10?

Many Windows users have used the Alt+Tab key combination to switch between the currently open apps and windows swiftly. In Windows 10, pressing this key combination brings up a grid where you can see all the available programs and apps on your current desktop. While it helps immensely in multi-tasking, it also offers excellent control over your device.

Commonly, users use this function to switch between open apps or windows. While it helps with multi-tasking, it also offers complete control over your device. Default grid transparency is set to about 85% opacity; therefore, the window open in the background will be visible through the grid. This risewindows post will discuss how you can change the transparency level in the Alt-Tab grid box and set it according to your taste.

How to Adjust the Transparency Level of Alt+Tab Grid Box in Windows 10?

To change the transparency level of the Alt+Tab grid in Windows 10, perform these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, go the following path on the left side of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Step 3. Then, right-click on the Explorer key and select New > Key.

Step 4. After that, name the newly created key MultitaskingView.

Step 5. Next, right-click on the MultitaskingView folder and choose New > Key.

Step 6. Now, set the name to AltTabViewHost.

Step 7. Then, right-click on the AltTabViewHost key and pick New >DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 9. After that, name the newly created REG_DWORD to Grid_backgroundPercent.

Step 10. Here, double-click on the Grid_backgroundPercent REG_DWORD, select base as Decimal, and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0= Full transparency.
  • 20= Semi-transparent.
  • 100= Full opaque.

Tips: If you don’t prefer to use the above value, you can use any value between 0 to 100 according to your needs.

Step 11. Then, click the OK button.

Step 12. Lastly, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

Tips: Besides the Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut, you can also use the Ctrl+Alt+Tab keyboard combination to bring up the grid that will stay there even after you release the keys. Then, you can quickly move between opened windows by using the arrow keys and hitting Enter to select any program or app.

Suppose you want to try out Windows 98’s Alt+Tab grid, press and hold the left Alt key. While holding on to it, press the right Alt key and release it. Magic! Now, press the Tab key to switch between windows. This way, you can bring up the old-school Alt+Tab grid.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

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