Other Causes of Alt+Tab Problems

Now that I have an easy way to find and fix problems with Alt+Tab it becomes easier to identify culprits. Whenever Alt+Tab misbehaves – whenever the grid of programs goes behind the current Aero Peek window – I run AltTabFixOnce.exe to fix the problem, and identify the culprit.

(see Alt+Tab Bug Worsened by IE 10, but Fix Found for details)

It happened yesterday. It looks like there is another program that triggers this annoying explorer bug.

Here’s the output of my most recent run of AltTabFixOnce.exe:


It’s a bit odd because SynTPEnh.exe (Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements) has not changed in almost three years. I’d be worried that this was a false-positive except that Alt+Tab was misbehaving before I ran my fix-it program, and it behaved correctly afterwards – it seems pretty conclusive.

I could put AltTabFixContinuous.exe in my startup folder and have it automatically correct these problems without me having to know about it, but I like seeing who is being naughty.

Or at least, who is triggering this explorer bug. So far this is the first non-Microsoft program that I’ve caught.

It happened again today – while writing this post – but no new culprits showed up.

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5 Responses to Other Causes of Alt+Tab Problems

  1. xpclient says:

    Have you tried NTWind Software’s VistaSwitcher? It’s the best Alt-Tab replacement (and most gorgeous looking as well). And can show tasks only from active monitors.

  2. Pingback: Alt+Tab Bug Worsened by IE 10, But Fix Found | Random ASCII

  3. Eddy Quicksall says:

    How do I download the fix?

  4. drorharari says:

    On Windows 10 I had this problem and none of the solution fixed or identified the issue. I then found out that nVidia’s nView program was causing the issue. In any window where it took over the window’s menu, I could not use AltTab – I could use it in places like the Performance Setting dialog and similar programs. By uninstalling nView, the problem went away, hooray!

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