How to Change Alt+Tab Settings in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to configure what the Alt + Tab shows in Windows 11. By default, the Alt + Tab lets you switch between open windows in Windows 11 and other versions of Windows.

Simply pressing the Alt+Tab keys on your keyboard while holding down the Alt key, and tapping on the Tab key scrolls through your open windows. When you see an outline around window you want, release the Alt key to select it.

That’s the most common way to use the Alt+Tab keys in Windows. Alt + Tab normally moves forward, from left to right. If you miss a windows, you’ll keep pressing the Alt key until you get back to the windows you want to select.

You can also use the Alt+Shift+Tab to move through the windows in reverse order, instead of from left to right.

In Windows 11, Microsoft added additional features to the Alt+Tab keys to open Microsoft Edge tabs as windows. You can now configure the Alt+Tab key to perform the following actions:

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

Below is how to configure the Alt+Tab keys in Windows 11.

How to choose what to show when the Alt+Tab keys are pressed in Windows 11

As mentioned above, by default, the Alt+Tab lets you switch between open windows in Windows 11 and other versions of Windows.

In Windows 11, you can choose what to show when you press the Alt+Tab keys, and below show you how to configure that settings.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, then on the right pane, and select the Multitasking tile to expand it.

windows 11 multitasking tile

On the Multitasking settings pane, select the tile for Alt + Tab tile, then using the drop-down option, choose what to show when you press the Alt + Tab keys on your keyboard.

You can select Alt+Tab to show:

  • Open windows and all tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge (default)
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Microsoft Edge
  • Open windows only
windows 11 alt tab show windows

You can now exit the Settings app.

windows altandtab key

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to choose what to show when you press the Alt + Tab key on your keyboard in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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