How to Turn App Switching On or Off in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the Switcher bar for switching between opened recent apps for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Switcher in Windows 8

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OPTION ONE
To Turn App Switching On or Off in Windows 8

1.
Open PC settings.

2. Click/tap on General on the left side, then on the right side, move the slider under App switching left (off) or right (on) for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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3. You can now close PC settings if you like.




OPTION TWO
To Turn App Switching On or Off in Windows 8.1

1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on PC & devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on Lock screen on the left side of Corners & edges. Under Allow switching between recent apps on the right side, move the slider left (off) or right (on) for what you want. (see screenshots below)

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3. You can now close PC settings if you like.





OPTION THREE
To Turn App Switching On or Off using a BAT File

NOTE: This can be used in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Switcher

BackstackEnabled DWORD

0 = Turn off
1 = Turn on


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On App Switching
NOTE: This is the default setting.

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

Turn_On_App_Switching.bat


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3. To Turn Off App Switching

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

Turn_Off_App_Switching.bat


download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Run the downloaded .bat file.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.



That's it,
Shawn