System Enable or Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar in Windows 11


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The Snap windows feature in Windows allows you to automatically resize and arrange windows on your screen.

Windows 11 includes a new snap layouts feature that allows you to select how to snap the current window.

Just hover your mouse over a window’s maximize button to see available snap layouts, then click on a zone to snap the window. You’ll then be guided to snap windows to the rest of the zones within the layout with guided snap assist. For smaller screens, you’ll be offered a set of 4 snap layouts. You can also invoke the snap layouts flyout with the Win + Z keyboard shortcut.

Snap groups provide greater ease in switching back to snapped windows. To use this feature, snap together at least 2 windows on your screen.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22523, Microsoft is showing snap groups in Alt+Tab and Task View just like when you hover over open apps on the taskbar, and see them on the taskbar thumbnail previews.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable show snap groups on taskbar thumbnails, Alt+Tab, and Task View for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar in Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar using REG file


EXAMPLE: Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar


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Option One

Enable or Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Multitasking on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on Snap windows on the right side to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Check (enable - default) or Uncheck (disable) Show my snapped windows when I hover over taskbar apps, in Task View, and when I press Alt+Tab for what you want on the right side.

The Show my snapped windows when I hover over taskbar apps, in Task View, and when I press Alt+Tab setting will be disabled and grayed out if Snap windows is not turned on.


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5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 To Enable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_Show_snap_groups_in_taskbar_Alt+Tab_Task-View.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"WindowArrangementActive"="1"

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableTaskGroups"=dword:00000001

3 To Disable Show Snap Groups on Alt+Tab, Task View, and Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_Show_snap_groups_in_taskbar_Alt+Tab_Task-View.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"EnableTaskGroups"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Is it just me or is the Taskbar Preview Groups really hit n miss?
I find the only time a Group will show on Taskbar Previews is when you hover on the thumbnail of the last window that had mouse focus, and sometimes that doesn't even work!? 🤷‍♂️
 

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It seems that showing task groups in alt-tab was removed from settings and the feature was either completely removed or moved to some other registry key. Any info on which one it was? If it wasn't removed is there any way I can enable it? Seems rather dumb to remove features that are completely opt-in.
 

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It seems that showing task groups in alt-tab was removed from settings and the feature was either completely removed or moved to some other registry key. Any info on which one it was? If it wasn't removed is there any way I can enable it? Seems rather dumb to remove features that are completely opt-in.

Hello, :-)

I just checked, and this setting is still available in build 25201.

It's not available until build 22523 though.
 

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