Microsoft is bringing Windows 11 Snap Groups to Alt+Tab and Task View

Windows 11 Alt Tab feature

Windows 11’s flagship multitasking feature is support for “Snap
Groups” which is based on the windows snap capability of the
operating system. Snap Groups is arguably the biggest change to
Snap since Windows 8.1, and it takes the Windows 11 snap
experience to the next level.

If you haven’t tried it yet, you can get started by creating a
Snap layout. You can do this by launching two or more apps on
the desktop, and choose the window you want to snap to one half
of the screen, and then drag it to the edge. Or you can also
hover your mouse over the maximize button and “snap” your open
windows.

These snap groups can be resized so you can have one side
bigger and you can even have as many as four apps in a square
grid (with all apps getting equal space on the screen). On
Windows 11, apps snapped together appear in the taskbar when
you hover over the icon, as shown in the below screenshot.

Taskbar Snap groups

But that’s not all, as Microsoft has listened to the feedback
it received and they’re working on a series of improvements
based upon Snap groups. Starting with
Windows 11 Build 22494, Redmond-based software giant is now
testing snap groups integration in the Alt + Tab and Task View.

Snap Groups Alt Tab

As you can see in the above screenshot, snap groups are simply
displayed in the Alt + Tab UI, similar to how these apps appear
when hovering over the taskbar. Thanks to this new change, you
can now directly switch to app groups instead of opening these
apps one by one, which makes multitasking difficult.

Of course, if you don’t want the Snap groups to appear in Alt +
Tab or when hovering over taskbar icons, you can always turn
off the integration by heading to Windows Settings. To disable
Snap groups in Alt + Tab, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open System > Multitasking.
    Windows 11 Alt Tab settings
  3. Uncheck the third option “Show snap layouts that the app is
    part of when I hover over the taskbar button when I press
    Alt+Tab and in Task View.

It is worth noting that Microsoft is testing snap groups in ALT
+ TAB and Task View with some Windows Insiders. This isn’t
available to everyone and Microsoft could make more changes to
the feature before pushing it out to everyone.

In addition to Snap groups integration, Microsoft has also
addressed File Explorer or explorer.exe crashes experienced
when using windowing features like Snap, Alt+Tab, and desktops.

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