General Switch Between Open Windows in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you different ways to switch between open windows for your account in Windows 11.

When you have multiple windows open in Windows 11, you can easily and quickly switch between them.

Starting with Windows 11 build 23560 (Dev), build 22635.2771 (Beta), build 22631.2787 (RP), and build 22631.2792 Microsoft is beginning to roll out the ability to use Copilot in Windows with ALT + TAB. Using the ALT + TAB hotkey now displays the thumbnail preview for Copilot in Windows among the other thumbnail previews of open windows, which you can switch between by pressing Tab.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26052 (Canary and Dev), the preview thumbnail title in the taskbar, ALT + Tab and Task View for File Explorer windows will now indicate if that window includes multiple tabs.


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Option One

Close All Open Windows for App at Once from Taskbar


1 Open Task View (Win+Tab).

2 If you have more than one virtual desktop, select the desktop that has the open window you want to switch to. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on the open window you want to switch to.

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Option Two

Switch Between Open Windows in Alt+Tab


1 Press and hold the Alt key. (see screenshot below)

2 Tap the Tab key until you selected the open window you want to switch to.

3 Release the Alt key.

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Option Three

Switch Between Open Windows in Ctlr+Alt+Tab


1 Press the Ctrl+Alt+Tab keys. (see screenshot below)

2 Perform one of the following actions:
  • Click/tap on the open window you want to switch to.
  • Tap the Tab key until you selected the open window you want to switch to, and press Enter.
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Option Four

Switch Between Open Windows from Taskbar


1 Hover the pointer over the icon on the taskbar for the open window you want to switch to. (see screenshot below)

Icons on the taskbar with a line under them indicates it has open windows.


2 Click/tap on the taskbar thumbnail preview of the open window you want to switch to.

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Option Five

Cycle Between Open Windows using Keyboard Shortcut


Minimized windows will not be included while cycling through open windows.


1 Press the Alt+Esc keys to cycle forward through open windows.

2 Press the Shift+Alt+Esc keys to cycle backward through open windows.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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