Updated: 12/31/2020 by Computer Hope
Alt+Esc keyboard shortcut

Alt+Esc is a keyboard shortcut often used to switch between windows in the order that they were first opened in Microsoft Windows.

How to use the Alt+Esc keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Alt key, and while continuing to hold, press the Esc key.

Alt+Esc in Microsoft Windows

In Microsoft Word, pressing Alt+Esc switches between open windows in the order that they were first opened.


The Alt+Esc works best when you only have two or three windows open. If you have more than three windows open, we suggest using Alt+Tab or Windows key+Tab to switch between open windows.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Alt, Esc key, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms