alt-tab out(redirected from alt tabs them out)
1. In Microsoft Windows, to switch from one's current window to another by pressing the keys ALT+TAB. (Sometimes written "alt+tab out.") Every time I try to alt-tab out of the game, the computer gets really laggy or crashes altogether. Dang, I was just trying to alt-tab out of this browser window, and my computer froze. You can't just alt-tab out and go to a different window? Huh, weird.
2. In PC gaming, to switch unintentionally to a window other than that of one's current game. The game was alt-tabbing out whenever the mouse scrolls to my second monitor, so I've had to install software that disables that functionality during gameplay. My computer keeps alt-tabbing out while I'm trying to play, so annoying! Fellow gamers, got any ideas for how I can stop my PC from alt-tabbing out?
3. To cause a computer user to switch unintentionally from the window of their game to a different one. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "alt-tab" and "out." These blasted Windows notifications always alt+tab me out of CS:GO at the worst possible moments. I'm trying to play, but something on my computer keeps alt-tabbing me out! What the heck is going on? A: "Where did Ed go?" B: "Something must have alt-tabbed him out."
See also: out
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