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Whenever I run a game, and then alt+tab, the behavior is correct. It switches to the last used program. However, when I alt+tab again from the last used program, I expect it to go back to the game, but it doesn't. Anyone know how to fix this?

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Any game or a specific one? Is the game running full–screen when you Alt+Tab? – Karan Mar 24 '13 at 6:34
All full-screen games. The answer explains I expected too much from Windows. – Kevin Hua Mar 25 '13 at 3:42
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The Alt+Tab order isn't technically MRU, it matches the Z-order of windows themselves. (Mostly.)

When you switch away from a full-screen window, that window becomes minimized, and therefore gets ordered after all visible (non-minimized) windows.

(Similarly, if you use AltEsc to push a window below all other windows, it will also appear at the end in Alt+Tab. (Sort of.))

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