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How to Disable Application Switching in Windows 8


Application switching allows you to quickly switch between your open Metro apps by sliding your finger across the left side of the screen, or moving your mouse to the corner. If you don’t like this behavior, it’s easy to disable.

Disabling Application Switching

Press the Windows + I key combination, when the sidebar appears go ahead and click on the “More PC Settings” section.

When the new “Metro Control Panel” loads you’re going to want to head over to the General Section.

On the right-hand side, you will notice that App switching is enabled by default.


A quick click on the slider is all it takes to disable the feature.


If you go to the top-left corner of your screen you will no longer be able to quickly switch between recent apps.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 04/16/12

Comments (5)

  1. r

    Lots of recent article info about disabling stuff in Win8 & making it more like Win7.
    A lot easier to just continue using Win7,…no?

  2. Taylor Gibb

    Not so much on how to make it like Windows 7, it’s mostly so we cover every aspect of Windows 8.

  3. rocky

    Good to know about the How to Disable Application Switching in Windows 8

  4. Mike Korkowski

    It is quite obvious to me that Windows8 isn’t happening for me. Nice to get information on how to’s but the bottom line is we should be seeing things we want and need not hings to be disabled.

  5. Toto Isdarto

    I think windows 8 have many improvement besides the GUI. for me that itself is a great interest. I like how it boot faster, and the new task manager, copy dialog. I really think Microsoft is making a better OS with windows 8.

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