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Use Classic Icons or Thumbnails on Alt+Tab in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

Pressing Alt+Tab will show open windows as thumbnails by default.

You can also press and hold the right Alt key, press and release the left Alt key, and press Tab to have Alt+Tab show open windows as classic icons instead of thumbnails.

This tutorial will show you how to always show classic icons or thumbnails on Alt+Tab by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change what Alt+Tab Shows in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

You can select Alt+Tab to show:

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge¬†(default)
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only

This tutorial will show you how to change what shows when pressing ALT+TAB to switch between open windows and tabs in Microsoft Edge for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Alt+Tab to Show as Windowed or Full Screen in Windows 11

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open windows in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22526, Microsoft is experimenting with showing ALT + TAB as windowed by default instead of full screen for some.

This tutorial will show you how to change the Alt+Tab experience to show as windowed or full screen for all users in Windows 11.

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Show All Open Windows on Alt+Tab for Current or All Desktops in Windows 11

Task View (Win+Tab) is a virtual desktop manager that allows you to quickly switch between all of your open apps on multiple desktops. This makes multitasking and organizing your opened apps much easier.

You can add virtual desktops to group apps for productivity, entertainment, or whatever you choose. Multiple desktops are also great for keeping unrelated, ongoing projects organized, or for quickly switching desktops before a meeting.

By default, Windows will show all the open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab only on the desktop you are currently using.

If you like, you can select to show all all the open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab on all desktops.

On All desktops = All windows that are open on all desktops will show on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab. You will be able to quickly switch between any windows that are open on any desktop. If the window is open on a desktop other than the desktop you are using, you will be switched to the desktop the window is open on.

Only on the desktop I’m using¬†= Windows that are open on other¬†virtual desktops¬†than the desktop you are using will not show on¬†Alt+Tab¬†or¬†Ctrl+Alt+Tab¬†You will need to use¬†Task View¬†to switch between windows that are open on the other desktops.

This tutorial will show you how to show all open windows on Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab for the current or all desktops for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Change what Alt+Tab Shows in Windows 10

You can press the Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab keys to switch between open apps and sites in Windows 10.

Starting with Windows 10 build 20161, all tabs open in Microsoft Edge will start appearing in Alt + TAB, not just the active one in each browser window.

If you would prefer fewer tabs or the classic Alt + TAB experience, Microsoft has added some settings for you under Settings > System > Multitasking. You can configure Alt + Tab to only show your last three or five tabs or choose “Open windows only” to turn this feature off completely.

This tutorial will show you how to change what shows when you press ALT+TAB to switch between open apps and sites for your account in Windows 10.

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