Pressing ALT+TAB to Switch Between Applications

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With Microsoft Windows 3.1, if you press ALT+TAB to switch between Windows-based applications, Windows displays a box that and identifies the last application that you accessed.

If you hold the ALT key down, pressing TAB cycles through all of the applications that are currently running. When you let go of the ALT key, the identified application becomes the active application.

In a virtual machine, the ALT+TAB key sequence still steps through the running applications, but rather than displaying a box with an application name and icon, it displays a blank MS-DOS screen with the application title listed at the top-center of the screen.

NOTE: If you press ALT+TAB and then press ESC before releasing the ALT key, you remove the dialog box that displays the selected application.


Article ID: 79869 - Last Review: October 13, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 3.11 Standard Edition

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