Dell XPS keyboard showing alt key and backlit

How to fix alt tab not working in windows 10

If you usually have many windows open you know the easiest way to switch through them all is to use the keyboard combination alt + tab.

This keyboard shortcut allows you to cycle though the open windows.

What if it stops working. That’s inconvenient right.

Fortunately there is an easy fix and works most of the time.

To fix it restart windows explorer.


Fix alt tab not working

  • To restart windows explorer
  • Right click on the Task Bar
  • Click on Task Manager
  • On the list of processes look for Windows Explorer with a yellow icon
  • Right click on windows explorer and click restart

See image below

Windows 10 Task Manager
Windows 10 Task Manager showing windows Explorer

Your computer will flash as windows explorer restarts now you can use you favorite windows keyboard shortcut now that its fixed.

This fixes various issues, like alt tab not showing window preview, alt tab disappearing too fast the above method will fix those issues as they are linked to windows explorer.

Restarting the computer

Another option is to restart the whole computer. Since the glitch is operating system related restarting the computer will have the computer load properly and restore the full functionality of the keyboard short cuts.

I had the same issue on my dell latitude laptop, and came to realize how much I used the alt tab keyboard shortcut. It was annoying that it wasn’t working properly since I kept pressing it again and again.

Surprisingly a computer restart was all it too to fix.

Disconnect peripherals

If he above methods did not work for you. Try disconnecting various peripherals, headphones Bluetooth devices. Hardware conflicts causes your computer to behave erratically.

Disconnect non essentials and restart the computer.

Hot keys

Windows hot keys are helpful for quick tasks but can conflict with other software causing it to not function properly.

You can disable or enable the hot keys to see if that helps

To disable windows hot keys

  1. search and select Group Policy Edit
  2. On the left side of the window, double click on user Configuration
  3. Next select Administrative Templates
  4. The Windows Components
  5. and File Explorer
  6. Right click and select edit on “Turn off windows hot keys”
  7. Now select disabled
Disable or enable windows hotkeys in Group Policy Edit
Disable or enable windows hotkeys in Group Policy Edit

You can try between enabled and disabled to see which one will work for you

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