Flip 3D - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable Flip 3D in Vista
Synopsis
This will show you how to enable or disable the use of the Flip 3D feature. This can be helpful if you want to disable the shortcut keys for this.
How to Enable or Disable Flip 3D in Vista

information   Information
This will enable or disable the use of the Flip 3D feature. This can be helpful if you want to disable the shortcut keys for this. Flip 3D is enabled by default. Flip 3D is called Switch between windows in Quick Launch.
Note   Note
If you have just lost the Switch between windows (Flip 3D) shortcut icon in Quick Launch and Flip 3D still works by the keyboard shortcut, then see: How to Use and Create a Flip 3D Shortcut in Vista
warning   Warning
You must have the Windows Aero color scheme turned on for the Glass Transparency, Taskbar Thumbnail Previews, and Flip 3D features. See: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista

HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR: WINDOWS AERO
See: Windows Help and Support: Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero
NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic version. :(
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
  • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
  • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
  • Refresh or update your WEI score.
  • The Windows Aero color scheme selected and turned on.
  • The Enable desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options enabled in Visual Effects.
Tip   Tip
Keyboard Shortcut Keys
NOTE:
Press the shortcut key combinations in bold below to activate Flip 3D, and follow the directions next to them for how to use it.
  • Windows Key + Tab = Press and hold Windows Key, then press Tab (Or roll mouse scroll wheel) to scroll through the open windows. Choose the open window you want by releasing the Windows Key when it is up front.
  • Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab = Scroll through the open windows by pressing the Tab key, arrow keys, or roll the mouse scroll wheel. Click on the window you want to see, or press Enter when it is up front.
Quick Launch Shortcut
NOTE:
It is called Switch between windows in Quick Lauch. Use the Tab or Arrow keys to scroll through the open windows, then press Enter to select the window in the front.

Quick_Launch.jpg


EXAMPLE: Flip 3D Enabled
Flip3D.jpg




METHOD ONE
Through the Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This method is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. This is applied to all user accounts on the computer. See Method Two or Method Threebelow for the Vista Home Premium edition.
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.​
2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Desktop Window Manager. (See screenshot below)​
Group_Policy.jpg

3. In the right pane, right click on Do not allow Flip3D invocation and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)​
4. To Enable Flip 3D
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)​
B) Go to step 6.​

5. To Disable Flip 3D
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.​
Properties.jpg

6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.​





METHOD TWO
Using a REG File Download

NOTE: This will work for all Vista versions except for the Home Basic version.
1. To Disable Flip 3D
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Disable_Flip3D.reg
download

B) Go to step 3.​

2. To Enable Flip 3D
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.​
Enable_Flip3D.reg
download

3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.​




METHOD THREE
Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This will work for all Vista versions except for the Home Basic version.
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, thgen click on the Continue button.​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5B)​
NOTE: If you do not have DWM, then right click on Windows and click on New and Key. Type DWM and press Enter.​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

5. To Disable Flip 3D
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit)
Value and type DisallowFlip3d and press Enter.​
B) Right click on DisallowFlip3d and click on Modify.​
HCU_Reg.jpg

C) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
Modify.jpg

D) Go to step 7.​

6. To Enable Flip 3D
A) In the right pane, right click on DisallowFlip3d and click on Delete. (See screenshot below step 5B)​
B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.​
C) Go to step 7.​

7. Close Regedit.​
8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.​
That's it,
Shawn


 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

I used the Registry files to enable and disable and they work perfect.

Really comes in handy when I have more than 10 windows open and looks slick...
 
Hi kaiden xo,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Did you check to make sure that you have the Windows Aero color scheme running? It is required for Flip 3D. Will it not start for you?

Shawn
 
Your welcome Kaidena,

I'm glad to hear that it is working for you now. Thank you for the feedback.

Shawn
 
I recently installed Vista Ultimate 32 bit and upgraded my video card to a GeForce 8500 GT with 512MB. I've followed all the examples to get the flip3d function to work but haven't been able to do so. Is there something I am missing to do since nothing seems to help..any advice would be great, thanks
 
Hi Dooley,

Welcome to Vista x64 Forums. :party:

Have you made sure that you have the Windows Aero color scheme selected and running?

You might also try refreshing your Windows Experience Index score to see if that helps.

Shawn
 
Thanks for the quick reply.

I have the Windows Aero scheme running but just what is the "Windows Experience Index" and where can I find it? I just purchased this product so bear with me if you can.

Thanks for you help
 
I at least answered my own question about the windows experience index. Great tool, Google.

My score is 4.5 so everything looks good to run everything, so what could it possibly be that I can't utilize the flip3d function?
 
dooley,

It sounds like you meet all the requirements. Are you using the correct keyboard shortcuts for Flip 3D? You might see if restarting the computer will help.

Was it working before you installed the new video card?

Shawn
 
My old card didn't support Vista Ultimate and that's why I installed this one. I've tried the shortcuts to no avail. I changed the option to allow the flip3d in the administrators panel. It's got me stumped for sure. I may be slow but not this slow..LOL

Guess I'll keep poking around until I find an answer or until someone shows me what I am doing wrong, which is most likely the problem.

Thanks for your help
 
I fixed the problem. Instead of using the group policy hack, I just deleted the value in the registry example that you gave in the forum. All is well. I should've tried that first but I thought the gpedit would take care of it.

Thanks for your replies and assistance
 
Hi!
I have been trying to remove my windows flip now for a few hours, and still it doesn't work. I've searching alot on the internet, and have been following alot of different guides, and the only thing that has been removed was the windows Flip 3D, but the '' windows flip'' is still there and I just can't remove it.

Is it even possible to remove it at all? If it is plz help me, I just can't do it myself.
 
Hi Blackzzter,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Just so that I am clear on what you are needing:

Where are you trying to remove Windows Flip 3D from?

Are you trying to remove a shortcut of Flip 3D?


If you are trying to disable Window Flip 3D from working, then the only way is to turn off Windows Aero and use another color scheme instead, or disable it for all users in this tutorial.

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
 
Well, the big problem is tha Im always pressing alt+tab at the wrong moment.
Then it's going windows mode suddenly, which is extreamly enoying.

I just want to disable this function, or remove the aly+tab combination, just to make sure that this is n ot happening. If there is any way to change the hot key, or if it's possible to remove the hole Vista flip...

I hope that you understand what I mean ^^
 
Blackzzter,

I do not know of a way other than through a 3rd party program. I found this 30 day trial program called WinLock that says it can disable this. I have not tried it to verify if it works, but you might give it a try to see.

Crystal Office Systems - WinLock

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 
Hi,

I tried disabling it using through the registry and that worked but I was hoping that WIN+TAB would then act as it did in the past i.e. allowing you to cycle through the Taskbar. After making the change, though,it just does nothing.

I was wondering if you knew if there's a way to do that in Vista. Thanks.
 
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