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Windows 7: Alt-Tab icon list does not stay on top

30 Apr 2010   #1
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Alt-Tab icon list does not stay on top

Hello, I'm having some issues with the alt-tab functionality using the aero peek. Until a week ago, whenever I pressed alt-tab I was able to scroll through the applications using the aero peek and the app list would always stay on top of everything. Now the list loses focus and is covered by the peek. I have attached a screen capture here.

This is really anoying and I have been looking everywhere for a solution to this but nothing so far. Have any of you had this behavior from alt-tab?

Cheers,
Jorge




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30 Apr 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jorge, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can press CTRL+ALT+TAB, then tap TAB to cycle through the windows instead for this. Press enter to select.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Apr 2010   #3
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I see your point and it works well as a workaround, but the app list still goes to the background. I've also tryed disabling the aero peek and that way, since there are no peeks, nothing covers the list, but I was hoping to find a fix for this bug.

Note that if I restart the system the behavior goes away and starts showing up again after a few minutes. Maybe a process triggers it?

Cheers,
Jorge
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30 Apr 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Umm, not sure why the ALT+TAB window is not always on top. How does CTRL+Windows Key+TAB with TAB to cycle and enter to select work for you?
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30 Apr 2010   #5
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Works fine, I think. This is the regular 3d flip. But I do find this much slower to navigate between open applications.

I have attached a screen capture.

Jorge


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30 Apr 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Jorge,

That looks correct to me.

Back to your Alt+Tab issue. See if changing your theme to a Basic theme, then back to an Aero theme may be able to reset this for you to have it work properly always on top again.
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30 Apr 2010   #7
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Thanks Brink, I tried what you said, but after going back to any aero theme it always does the same thing. The alt-tab goes to the back and the peek windows jump to the front.

Cheers,
Jorge
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30 Apr 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I must admit that I'm stumped as to why the ALT+TAB is not always on top. As a test, create a new administrator account to see if it works properly in it.

If it does, then you can copy the contents of all folders (including hidden AppData folder) from your old account's C:\Users\(user-name) user folders into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) user folders to copy over most of the old account's settings. After everything checks out ok, you can delete the old account from within the new account.
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01 May 2010   #9
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Ok, I will give that a shot tomorrow and I will let you know how it goes.
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01 May 2010   #10
jorgeszabo

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

No luck. I created the new user, logged in and the unwaned behavior kicks in after about a minute or two of loading the desktop. I have no idea what could be the possible cause for this.
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