In XP, if you minimize the current window, it goes to the end of the list for Alt-Tab purposes. In Windows 7, if I minimize a window and then Alt-Tab, I go right back to that window I was trying to get rid of.
Is there a way to make minimize push the window to the end of the list, or some other way to manage the Alt-Tab list order?
Edit: I apologize for saying that this is how Windows 7 behaves. It turns out that Windows 7 sometimes gets into a state where Minimize does not put the window at the bottom of the z-order. I cannot figure out exactly what steps cause Windows 7 to get into this state, but I must do it pretty frequently because this bugs me all the time.
So, when Windows 7 is in this state, here is what happens:
- Open multiple windows. I usually have them all maximized.
- Press Alt-Tab. Call this window "A".
- Press Alt-Tab. Call this window "B".
- Minimize window "B". Window "A" is now visible.
- Press Alt-Tab.
At this point, I see window "B" again, even though it should have been at the back of the Alt-Tab list (or Z-ordering as it's called).
When Windows 7 behaves this way, I've tried adding the
AltTabSettings registry entry. This changes the appearance of the Alt-Tab dialog, but doesn't change the Z-ordering effect of the Minimize button.
When I just now tried to reproduce this, Minimize works properly (pushes window to end of Z-order). I haven't yet been able to pinpoint what changes this behavior.