In Windows 10 build 10036, there is a significant improvement to window management. The Task View feature which adds virtual desktops to Windows 10 got updated with new options. We reviewed how to show only the current desktop’s windows on the taskbar in Windows 10. Now let's see how to make the Alt + Tab user interface show only those windows and apps which are running on the current/active virtual desktop.
Suppose you are running several apps in the first virtual desktop and Notepad in the second one:
Note how the Alt + Tab dialog is by default showing Notepad in the first Desktop's window list:
How to show only current desktop windows and apps in Alt + Tab in Windows 10
There are new Multitasking options in the Settings app. We can use them to change the taskbar behavior.
- Click the Start menu and pick the Settings item.
- In Settings, go to the System -> Multitasking category.
- Go to the 'Additional desktops' item at the bottom of the page:
- Switch the option "Pressing Alt + Tab shows windows that are open on" to "only the desktop I'm using". This will show only the current desktop's windows in the Alt + Tab UI in Windows 10.
That's it. You can always change the Multitasking options back to their defaults to show all windows in the Alt + Tab dialog.
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