If you’ve tried the Alt+Tab keys combination for switching between windows kept open in the browser while you have other apps running simultaneously, you’ll not find this function useful. If you want to declutter your Alt+Tab screen, try to disable Edge tabs from the Alt+Tab display. It makes navigation much easier. To make the work easier or less cumbersome, see how it’s done.
You can easily prevent Edge from displaying multiple tabs as a separate window on Pressing the Alt + Tab key combinations via the Windows 11/10 Settings app. Because the user interface of Windows 10 and Windows 11 platforms differ a lot, the procedure to disable this feature for Edge is also different.
Edge users know that Windows supports an integrated set of key combinations to switch between apps quickly. Alt+Tab keys that display every active window in the system is one the best-known example. However, when you have not only multiple browser tabs open, but also numerous applications, navigating or switching between them can take an age.
Here, we will explain the process to disable Edge tabs displayed as a separate window in Alt + Tab for both Windows 11 and Windows 10 platforms.
Do not display Edge tabs in Alt+Tab in Windows 11
To disable Edge tabs from Alt + Tab display in Windows 11, follow the instructions below:
- Right-click on the Windows 11 Start menu and select Settings.
- In the Windows 11 Settings app, select System from the left pane.
- Move your mouse cursor on the right side to locate the Multitasking tab. Once you find it, click on it.
- On the System > Multitasking page, click on the drop-down menu next to the Alt + Tab option.
- Select Open Windows only.
The following steps will help Windows 10 users to disable Edge tabs from Alt + Tab display:
Do not display Edge tabs in Alt+Tab in Windows 10
Windows 10 users may disable Edge tabs from Alt + Tab display for convenience as follows:
- Open Windows 10 Settings.
- Select System
- Switch to Multitasking
- On the Multitasking page, turn towards Alt + Tab section
- From the Pressing Alt+Tab shows the drop-down menu, choose Open windows only
With this, you can limit the number of tabs that are displayed so things don’t get overcrowded.
Press Win+I key shortcut to open Windows Settings app.
Under the Settings app, navigate to System.
Switch to the Multitasking tab, when seen.
Now, on the Multitasking page, in the Alt + Tab section, look for the ‘Pressing Alt + Tab shows’ option.
When seen, hit its drop-down menu and select the ‘Open windows only’ to see only the windows of running programs, including the Edge browser.
Further, if you would like to see Edge tabs without cluttering the arrangement, select Open Windows and 3 most recent tabs in Edge or Open Windows and 5 most recent tabs in Edge option.
It’s important to note here that if the Alt + Tab section is not visible to you in Windows or not showing up, it is likely because you are running a previous version of Windows 10. You must be running version 2009 (also known as 20H2) or Windows 11 in order to see the Alt + Tab section.
How do I fix the Alt + Tab in Microsoft Edge?
By default, the Alt + Tab key combination displays each tab in Edge as a separate window. This seems fine if you are working only on the Edge browser. But if you are doing multiple tasks, say, you have opened multiple tabs in Edge and other applications on your computer, pressing the Alt + Tab hotkeys to switch among different applications can create a mess. This is because every time you press the Alt + Tab keys, you will see all tabs of Edge as a separate window and other opened applications.
To fix the Alt + tab in Microsoft Edge, you have to disable this feature for the Edge browser. We have explained the entire process above in this article for the systems running on both Windows 11 and Windows 10 platforms.
How do I fix the Alt + Tab not working?
The Alt + Tab key combination is used to switch among multiple applications or programs on a Windows computer. Sometimes, you may experience a problem where the Alt + Tab key combination does not work. In some cases, a restart fixes the problem. You should restart your computer and check if the issue persists.
You should also check your keyboard. Sometimes, a particular key on a keyboard does not work because of the accumulation of dirt or dust. Hence, clean your keyboard or try the Alt + Tab key combination with another Alt key. You can confirm whether your keyboard is working properly or has malfunctioned by connecting it to another computer. If you have only one system, you can check your keyboard on your friend’s system. If your keyboard is working fine but the Alt + Tab hotkeys are still not working on your system, restarting the File Explorer may fix the issue.
Hope this helps.