When you have multiple tabs or several windows of the same app, it costs relatively more time to find the one that you need. You should first take a glance at the preview of each tab/window to make sure if it is the one you are looking for. Now, there’s a way to help you display the last active window more quickly and easily than before.

If you open an application in Windows 10, you’ll find it adds a new tab on the taskbar. When you open more than one window of the same app, they will be stacked together; you can put cursor onto the tab to see the thumbnail strip of each window (and you can put cursor onto a window to preview it). After figuring out which is one you want to continue using, you should just click on it.

see the thumbnail

Well, is there an easy way to display the last active window? Of course, there is. In the following content, I’ll show you how to set Windows 10 taskbar to show the last active window easily.

Tip: You can click on the Task View icon or Win + Tab to see all the opening tabs and switch among them quickly. When clicking icon on taskbar does not switch to program in Windows 10, you should read this to know how to fix.

see all the opening tabs

Hack the Taskbar to Display the Last Active Window in Windows 10

Actually, Windows taskbar is one of the main ways people can interact with the system. Taskbar helps us to tell the operating system what we want to do and show us the result. As I said before, if you open two or more windows of the same app, they will be combined into a single icon which represents the parent app and they will be located on the taskbar.

To save time, many people want to see the last active window when clicking on the corresponding app icon on taskbar. Is this feasible? Of course, the answer is positive. I will tell you how to edit Windows Registry to display the last active window in Windows 10.

Look here to know how to fix when Windows 10 taskbar stops working:

Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working – How To Fix (Ultimate Solution)
Windows 10 Taskbar Not Working – How To Fix (Ultimate Solution)

If you find your Windows 10 taskbar is not working, please don’t panic since I have useful methods to help.

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Registry Tweaks on Windows 10

The Windows 10 last active click can be set through the Registry Editor. Please read the following steps carefully to configure the taskbar and make it display the most recently opened window for you when you click on the application icon.

Warning: The Windows Registry file is very essential for keeping the operating system stable. Once it is edited improperly or corrupted suddenly, a series of problems will be caused. So I strongly recommend that you back up the Windows Registry file before editing.

Click to see how to recover corrupted files.

Windows registry editor tricks:

  1. Type regedit into the Cortana search box on Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. Right click on regedit (Run command) from the search result.
  3. Choose Run as administrator from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click on the Yes button to allow the open of Registry Editor.
  5. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, and Explorer under Computer one by one.
  6. Right click on the Advanced folder.
  7. Choose New from the pop-up menu and DWORD (32-bit) value from its submenu.
  8. Type LastActiveClick as the name of this new file.
  9. Right click on the LastActiveClick from the right-side pane and choose Modify.
  10. Set the Value data to be 1 (which is 0 by default).
  11. Click on the OK button to confirm.
  12. Now you can exit the Registry Editor.

change value data

This is one of the best ways of Windows 10 registry hacks in 2018. You should try it yourself to see whether it works in displaying the last active window.

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