Wednesday, December 15, 2004 3:39 AM bart

ALT-TAB modifications for wide screen resolution

I'm actually working for quite some time with a huuugeee resolution on my dev laptop (1920 x 1200). However, the ALT-TAB window (one of my favorite key combinations) always displays 7 columns and 3 rows, which is far too less for such a resolution. Actually, you can tweak this setting and alter these fixed numbers in the registry. In regedit, locate HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop. Over there, add 3 keys of type REG_SZ:

  • CoolSwitch = 1
  • CoolSwitchColumns = 20
  • CoolSwitchRows = 10

There are some other cute settings in this registry key but as usual - when modifying the registry - the well-known warnings are applicable :-). Another cool thing is to enable MSVDM (virtual desktop manager) for Windows Server 2003 as posted on this blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/jhoward/archive/2004/12/13/281924.aspx. By "design", this powertoy is not available on Windows Server 2003 but with a little app compat trick the installation works on W2K3 as well. So, my machine looks pretty much like a Windows XP installation (Themes service enabled, MSVDM over there, IE improvements and WMP10 thanks to W2K3 SP1 RC1).

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005 12:22 AM by bart