Using the Alt + Tab key cycles through each open program starting with the most recent and makes them the active window. When switching between only two open programs, hit Alt + Tab and release to switch back and forth. When switching between multiple open programs, continue to hold the Alt key after pressing Alt + Tab. This will display a window showing each open program it is possible to make the active window. Inside this window continue pressing the tab key to scroll to the desired program.
Reconnecting to an offline printer
Sometimes printers go into offline mode even when all the settings are configured properly and as a result documents do not print. An offline printer will appear in the list of print devices but will be grayed out. This usually happens in the most inopportune times when we are in a hurry or are busy working within multiple different programs meaning a reboot is less than desirable. Instead, try these two things first:
- First, to check the status of a printer, open Control Panel, then select "Devices and Printers". Then cycle the power on the printer and watch to see if the printer appears normal instead of grayed out within two minutes.
- Second, check to make sure the printer is not set to be used offline. Open the printer queue which can normally be accessed by double clicking on the printer in the Devices and Printers menu. Click on Printer at the top and if checked, uncheck the box next to "Use Printer Offline".