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Monitor splits affect alt-tab?

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Are monitor splits set up as virtual monitors? I want the feature where alt-tab only cycles the programs on that monitor, but I don't like how it confines my alt-tab to also the programs within a single split.

This is especially annoying for programs maximized beyond the split. When I alt-tab from a maximized program, the other programs I get is based on where my cursor happens to be in the original program. So in my particular case if I'm over to the right I get the right monitor split programs and to the left I get the left split. Inconsistent behavior for alt-tab (which I do frequently while working) is pretty aggravating. Can this be disabled?
Feb 21, 2019  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Unfortunately there isn't currently an option to ignore the splits for the Alt+Tab feature, but that's a good idea. I've added this to our feature request list

Feb 22, 2019  • #2
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Any updates on this feature?
May 8, 2019  • #3
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Not yet, sorry!
May 8, 2019  • #4
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I have an issue with DisplayFusion, however since it's hard to describe, first I want to clarify some of the definitions I'll be using:

Screen: Actual physical monitor screen
Monitor: Virtual monitor screen (splits). One Screen can contain several Monitors. Monitors can overlap
Window: Application windows placed inside a Monitor. One Monitor can contain several Windows. Windows can overlap.

With that being said, I have a problem with the way the Alt+Tab works in DF.

My current setup has 2 overlappting virtual monitors on each 1920x1200 screen (see attached image). This allows me to 'fullscreen' windows to a proper size on one Monitor, but still easily keep other windows on the another monitor and access them quickly.

The Monitor-configuration-screen allows me to disable Taskbars for the virtual Monitors, meaning that I have only 1 Taskbar per physical Screen. However, there is no similar option for Alt+Tab.

There are several alt-tab options, however only one of them suits my needs, which is: "Show on current monitor only, show current windows only"

But my overlapping Monitor layout creates an issue with this option.

I'll try to explain the scenario as well as I can:

- I have several open windows on Monitor 1 (purple monitor on the image)
- I have no windows on Monitor 2 (blue)
- Then, I start a borderless fullscreen application across the entire Screen (red). For example: a game or a fullscreen video.
- While the fullscreen-application is running, I move my mouse out of the red-zone (to the right) to access stuff on my other Screen (not displayed on the attachment)

At this point, the fullscreen application is still running on the red area. Now, when I move back with my mouse (from the right) and I click the fullscreen application while my mouse is in the blue area, I refocus on the fullscreen application (So far, so good). However, at this point Alt+Tab wont work anymore. Why? Because I'm currently "inside monitor 2", which has no other windows. So pressing Alt+Tab does nothing and I'm stuck.(I have to press the Windows-key to get the taskbar back, to be able to switch back to the windows I want)

But when I'm moving my mouse back and I click the fullscreen application while my mouse is in the purple area, I'll refocus it and Alt+Tab will correctly show all windows on monitor 1.

This is confusing, since I have to constantly be aware of which Windows are opened on which Monitor (underneath the fullscreen application), so I'll know which part of the fullscreen window I need to clicking on.

Basically, the fullscreen application seems to be either a member of monitor 1 or monitor 2, depending on how I refocus it.

So, my suggestion would be an additional Alt+Tab option called "Show on current Monitor/Screen only, show current Screen windows only".

So, Alt+Tab would show all currently open windows on all virtual monitors, as long as they're all inside the current physical Screen.
Another (simpler) way of describing it would be: "Disable Alt+Tab functionality for (virtual) Monitors", just like you can disable the Taskbar for virtual monitors.

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Jan 20, 2020  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@bobwx: I've merged your request into an existing thread for this, and added your vote to the feature request
Jan 21, 2020  • #6
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