In Windows 10, how to fix Alt+Tab bug

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Photo: Jasni (Shutterstock) – The helpful shortcut to the app switch is broken.

Alt+Tab is the greatest shortcut for Windows 10. But not only allows you to switch between programs, it also allows you to get a preview of all active windows so you can decide exactly to go to. It’s so excellent, there’s now a macOS replicating external plugin. It’s also broken now, unfortunately. But here is how it may be remedied.

Why does the shortcut Alt+Tab fail?

For some reason, updating KB5005033 in August 2021 (as well as a July 2021 KB5004296 preview) for Windows 10 has discharged Alt+Tab. There is no reason why, but the upgrade does interfere with the ability of Alt+Tab to work.

Now, that doesn’t imply that if you press Alt+Tab, Windows will totally ignore you. The system still attempts to make the shortcut, but it is not possible in many ways. It usually moves through your different program window when you press Alt+Tab, then the selected one opens when the keys are released. Alt+Tab typically only sends you back to your desktop with this issue. If the app in issue is full-screen, and you want to go back to it, you get a black screen, which does not really allow you to return.

It even has a personal mind: one user says Windows Alt-Tabs out of the game and back on the desktop while running a full-screen game.

How to Fix Alt+Tab Problem for Windows 10

Fortunately, we have a solution, although a peculiar one, for this problem. You only have to disable the News and Interest feed in order to bring Alt + Tab to functioning condition. For this, just right click on your job bar and scroll to ‘News & Interests,’ then select ‘Turn Off.’

Alternatively, the update causing the problem to commence can be uninstalled. However, this approach is not recommended as the key security fixes provided for the update in August 2021 would be absent. Back to a prior Windows version can allow you to cope with such issues.

Nevertheless, if you want the update removed, here is how: Click on “View Update History” and “Disinstall” to go to the Update & Security section. Now choose the KB5004296 (July 2021 preview) or KB5005033 (August 2021) from the Control Panel and click Uninstall.