How to use the Alt+Tab shortcut after Windows 20H2 update

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  • When using the Alt+Tab shortcut after installing Windows 20H2, you might see too many tabs.
  • That's because Edge has been integrated into it, but there's a little trick to change that.
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how to use the alt tab shortcut after update

One of the novelties that Microsoft introduced along with the Windows 10 October 2020 update is a new functionality for the Alt+Tab shortcut.

Namely, if until now the Alt+Tab hotkey allowed you to switch between multiple running apps or tasks, starting version 20H2 the multitasking panel will also include your open Edge tabs.

According to Microsoft, much of what has been implemented in this update was as per users’ feedback. However, the users are now confused about the mentioned multitasking feature.

Or, as one user puts it on the official Microsoft Edge forum:

My problem is Edge appear so many tabs when I press Alt+Tab.

Luckily, there’s also a little trick that you can use to customize the Alt+Tab hotkey behavior after this update.

How can I see only a few tabs when using the Alt+Tab shortcut?

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  1. Open the Windows settings.
  2. Choose System.
  3. In the left pane, go to Multitasking.
  4. Look for the option that says Pressing Alt+Tab shows… and open the drop-down menu.user alt tab after windows update
  5. Here, choose from one of the options:
  • Open windows and all tabs in Edge
  • Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Edge
  • Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Edge
  • Open windows only.

And this should do the trick and limit the number of tabs you see when using the Alt+Tab shortcut.


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Mind that apart from this kind of confusion after installing the latest Windows 10 update, a lot of users reported various issues.

On this note, you might find useful our exhaustive article that tackles some of the blockers reported on the forums so far as well as useful fixes.

What’s your take on the updates that Microsoft has implemented in version 20h2? Tell us in the comments section.

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Stupid stupid update.
If you wanted to switch between the tabs in edge previously (and still can do so now), you just hit ctrl + tab. or even better ctrl + number (number corresponding to the order of the tabs you want to jump to). This whole integrating edge tabs into alt tab is redundant and takes up space.
Another annoying change is if you repeat alt + tab, too quickly, it doesn’t go back to the first windows/programme you were at, instead it hops to the third window/programme you are using. Very annoying if you are just peaking at another window/programme and tabbing back to the first programme you are using. You need to give it half a second rest before repeating alt + tab to go back to the first windows/programme. Throws me off my data input rhythm.