How to Show All Your Browser Tabs in Alt+Tab on Windows 10

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How to Show All Your Browser Tabs in Alt+Tab on Windows 10
Oct 24, 2020

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Beginning with the October 2020 update, Windows 10 can now show your Microsoft Edge browser tabs as separate entries with thumbnails in the Alt+Tab switcher. By default, it shows the five most recent tabs. Here’s how you can show all of them.

You’ll have to use Microsoft Edge if you want browser tabs in your Alt+Tab switcher. As of October 2020, this doesn’t work in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. The good news is that the new Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium and is very similar to Google Chrome.

First, launch Settings by opening the “Start” menu and clicking the gear icon on the left. Or you can press Windows+i.

In the Windows 10 Start Menu, click the "gear" icon to open Settings.

In Settings, click “System,” then select “Multitasking” from the sidebar.

In Settings, navigate to System > Multitasking

In Multitasking settings, locate the “Pressing Alt + Tab shows” drop-down menu and click it. When the menu appears, select “Open windows and all tabs in Edge.”

The default option is “Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Edge.” You can also select “Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Edge” for fewer tabs, or select “Open windows only” to hide Edge browser tabs from your Alt+Tab switcher.

Click the "Pressing Alt + Tab shows" drop down menu

Close Settings. The next time you use Alt+Tab while running Edge with multiple tabs open, you will see each open tab as a separate entry in the list with its own thumbnail.

An example of Microsoft Edge Browser Tabs shown in Alt+Tab Task Switcher

If you ever want to change it back, just visit Settings > System > Multitasking again and choose “Open windows only” from the “Pressing Alt + Tab shows” drop-down menu. Very handy!

Laura Einnolf

Laura is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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