Re: Trouble with "task switching"

Steve Matzura

I support Dave on this one. If you're rotating through a list of things that are open, how could they be opened any further or better by focusing on them? Answer: they cannot. Once you load data into memory and give the supervisor (a.k.a. the operating system) a memory address to pick up the next instruction, also known as running or opening a program, that's as open as it gets. Rotating through the open programs, then releasing the TAB key on one of them, does only one thing that's special--it allows the user--that's you--to interact with said program via its interface--namely, any input or output channels said program may have commandeered for that purpose, such as a keyboard, mouse, microphone, video display, audio interface, printer, or any other driver software that acts as the go-between between said program and some unknown piece of hardware. The only thing that gets opened when releasing the TAB key whilst cycling through a list of running programs is that program's user window.

On 7/7/2018 5:00 PM, paul lemm wrote:
Hi Dave,

I kind of see your point, but I disagree , I said it cycles through a list of your open programs, then releasing it opens that program. You said it shifts focus , I don't mean to be pedantic myself, but that’s not what it does, for it to be shifting focus all program windows would need to be open, but from a technical standpoint that’s not the case, since only the active program window is actually open all other programs are minimised whilst not in use and to go to one of the minimised programs you need to open that window . since a lot of people however don't realise that non active program windows are actually minimised whilst not in use I think if I'd used that terminology it could have made my answer more confusing, although I do guess in hindsight I could have said opens that program window rather than program to be more accurate.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dave Durber
Sent: 07 July 2018 13:43
Subject: Re: Trouble with "task switching"

Hello Paul:

I do not wish to be pedantic but, ALT+TAB, does not open any program.

If you have several programs open, ALT+TAB, cycles you through the programs
you have open. When you release both keys, Windows gives focus to that open


Dave Durber

----- Original Message -----
From: "paul lemm" <paul.lemm@...>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: Trouble with "task switching"


Pressing alt and tab cycles you through open programs on your pc releasing
alt tabl then opens that program. Normally. There is an alternative method
for task switching which is ctrl, alt and tab, this sounds more like what
you are experiencing since releasing the keys will not open the program
but leave you in the task switching window and the tab or cursor keys
just move between the list of running programs. To exit this mode pressing
enter on a program will open that program or pressing escape exits the task
switching mode. Not sure if you've already tried this but if you haven't
hopefully it solves your problem.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Onwardbob
Sent: 05 July 2018 04:21
Subject: Re: Trouble with "task switching"

Actually there programs open. All I can do is listen to it say "task
switching" and the name of the open programs as I alt tab. I can do nothing
but switch between programs without any further control. Do do a restart I
have to ask Cortana because none of my controls work.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: Trouble with "task switching"

Alt-Tab is the keystroke to switch between open programs.
JAWS says task switching. Apparently it is saying that even when there are
no programs open.
But, Al-Tab has no other function. So, if you are pressing alt-tab, then
that is what is causing that.

(Sent from the iPod Touch 6)

On Jul 4, 2018, at 6:18 PM, Onwardbob <onwardbob@...> wrote:

Yes, but don't know what gets it started.


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2018 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: Trouble with "task switching"

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of
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On Jul 4, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Onwardbob <onwardbob@...> wrote:

Hi; what is this "task switching" thing I keep unexpectedly getting
up in? How does it happen, and how do I get out of it? Currently all I
manage is order Cortana to do a restart. Thanks...


Are you hitting Alt -Tab?
What are you doing when it happens?

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