Disable Virtual Desktop Switching on Mouse Hover in the Task View Interface

Virtual Desktops feature in Windows 10 provides a nice way to keep your program windows organized. You can move a set of work-related programs to a separate virtual desktop, having your entertainment and social networking stuff in another virtual desktop. When required, you can also make a program window or all window instances of a program available on all virtual desktops.

disable virtual desktop switching on mouse hover

You can create new virtual desktops or switch to an existing one from the Task View (Winkey + Tab) panel. In the Task View interface, when you hover your mouse pointer over a virtual desktop thumbnail, that particular desktop is selected, and the thumbnail preview of open windows in that virtual desktop are shown in the switcher interface above. Tapping {ESC} or {ENTER} would dismiss the Task View.

Today’s post tells you how to disable “hover to select” virtual desktop feature in the Task View interface, to avoid accidental switching, and for those who find the feature a little bit inconvenient.

After applying the registry edit in this article, switching virtual desktops via the Task View interface will require a mouse-click (instead of just hovering over) on a virtual desktop icon.

Disable Virtual Desktop Selection on Mouse Hover

Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and go to:


Create a DWORD value named HoverSelectDesktops

Set the value data for HoverSelectDesktops to 0

disable virtual desktop switching on mouse hover

Exit the Registry Editor, logoff and login back or restart the Explorer shell.

That would disable the “hover to select” virtual desktops feature.

Tip: To flip through virtual desktops using keyboard, use the WinKey + Ctrl + Left or WinKey + Ctrl + Right arrow key stroke.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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