Fix Alt/Tab Combination Not Working on Windows 10/11

The alt/tab combination is one of the most frequently used combinations by both the Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. Multitasking is very common these days. Therefore, the alt/tab combinations comes quite in handy. This helps the users to glide across various opened windows smoothly and easily.

However, sometimes you have experienced that the alt/tab combination might not be working for you, or it might not be working that smoothly.

I have gathered some solutions that can help you in fixing this problem.

The information in this guide is applicable to computers running on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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Alt and Tab Keyboard Keys Combination Not Working in Windows 10/Windows 11

If Alt and Tab keys combination is not working on your PC running on Windows 10 or 11, then begin troubleshooting with restarting Windows Explorer. If this does not work, then try using second Alt key, tweaking registry editor, updating your keyboard driver or by enabling desktop peak.

Restarting Windows Explorer

Sometimes just giving a refresh to the Windows explorer fixes this problem. Here’s how you can do that:

Step 1: Right-click the Start button and click on β€œTask Managerβ€œ.

Step 2: Search for β€œWindows Explorerβ€œ, right-click it and then click on β€œRestartβ€œ.

Using the Second Alt Key

Sometimes making use of the other Alt key on your keyboard in combination with the Tab key might work for you.

You can also try the β€œAlt+Tab+Esc” shortcut combination. It might fix the Alt/Tab combination.

Tweaking Registry Editor

Using the Registry, you can customize your system in a lot of ways.

Step 1: Open Windows Run by pressing β€œWindows Key + R” in combination.

Step 2: Type β€œregedit” and hit Enter.

Step 3: Go to this location in the Registry Editor:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Step 4: Look for a value named β€œAltTabSettings” in this location.

Step 5: If you cannot find it, simply right-click on the right-side without selecting anything and then click on β€œNew” and select the β€œDWORD (32-bit) Valueβ€œ. Name it β€œAltTabSettingsβ€œ.

Step 6: Double-click the β€œAltTabSettings” and type β€œ1” under the β€œValue dataβ€œ. Click on β€œOK” to save the changes.

Updating Keyboard Drivers

Faulty drivers can sometimes cause such issues. That is why, updating the drivers might help in fixing this issue. Follow the steps given below to do it.

Step 1: Press β€œWindows Key + R” in combination, type β€œdevmgmt.msc” and hit Enter.

Step 2: Expand β€œKeyboards” in the Device Manager. Right-click your keyboard and click on β€œUpdate driverβ€œ.

Step 3: Select the option that looks for the drivers online. Once the drivers are installed, reboot your PC.

Enabling Desktop Peek

Step 1: Click the Start button and search for β€œSettingsβ€œ.

Step 2: Go to β€œPersonalization” and then select the β€œTaskbar” from the left side.

Step 3: Enable the option that says β€œUse Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbarβ€œ.

Step 4: If it is already on, simply disable it and then enable it again.

Alternatively, you can do this to enable the Peek feature,

Step 1: In the Settings menu, go to β€œSystemβ€œ, then click on β€œAboutβ€œ.

Step 2: Now head to β€œAdvanced system settingsβ€œ. Click on β€œSettings” from the β€œAdvanced tabβ€œ.

Step 3: Find the β€œPeek” option and enable it. Click the apply button and then click the OK button to save the changes.


These were some of the methods to assist you in getting your Alt/Tab combination to work normally. Hopefully, this guide proves helpful to you.