How can I make the Windows app switcher work for something other than ALT+TAB, for example I would like it to work for CTRL+TAB.


You can use AutoHotkey for this purpose:

Please note that Ctrl-Tab is interpreted by many programs to change tabs or Application-internal windows. These programs won't receive the key presses anymore if you follow the steps below.

AutoHotkey is a script interpreter, therefore you need to

  1. Install AutoHotkey
  2. Write your own script file (.ahk extension). In your case it just needs to contain one line:
    LControl & Tab::AltTab
    It tells AutoHotkey that you want to hold down left-control then press tab.
  3. Start your own script. It will show up as a small green icon at the lower left corner and wait for you to press keys.
  4. Optionally start your script at every Windows reboot. One way to do this is the Autostart folder. Press Windows + R and run this: shell:startup. In the folder window, place a shortcut to your script file from step 2.
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  • Is there another solution like a registry hack that doesn't require the installation of a 3rd party software? – Void Jan 30 '13 at 15:16
  • I vaguely recall seeing a virtual key translation table in the Windows registry, but I could not find anything in Google or the registry. What it would do though is just to remap keys entirely, instead of just remapping the key combination you want to change. – Gogowitsch Feb 1 '13 at 0:40
  • Thank you, it seems that this is the best method after all, it doesn't even require admin access. – Void Feb 4 '13 at 11:48

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