Alt-Tab Toggle

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Alt-Tab Toggle (ATT) will force WoW to the foreground on events when you're alt-tabbed. Optionally you can choose to only play a sound when one of these events fire. Then you can tab back into WoW at your leisure.

Events that ATT will toggle include

  • Auctioneer scan, search and post complete [W]
  • BankStack complete [W]
  • BG Deserter debuff expire,
  • BG idle debuff,
  • BG gates opening
  • Duel request (2.1.5beta),
  • Dungeon Deserter/Cooldown debuff expire
  • Enemy detected,
  • Enter Battleground window,
  • Enter combat,
  • Flight land,
  • Group invite,
  • Group ready check,
  • LFG boot proposal,
  • LFG enter proposal,
  • LFG role check,
  • Mailbox, finished looting (2.1.7beta) [W]
  • Resurrection request (2.1.2beta)
  • Summon request,
  • Trade skill finish crafting [W]
  • Whispers,
  • Wintergrasp Starting,
  • Zeppelin arrival

[W] = window mode only

Leave a ticket if you have another event that should be added.

Q) How does ATT bring WoW to the foreground?
A) ATT uses a console command gxRestart that inadvertently causes WoW to jump to the foreground (in full screen mode).
Q) I'm in window mode and WoW's not coming up.
A) Unfortunately the console gxRestart command doesn't work in window mode. You'll have to use the alert sound.
Q) I'm in window mode and ATT's alerting when I'm not alt tabbed.
A) The Alt-Tab Detection is giving false positive. This usually happens to slow PCs or under heavy load (-10FPS). If this is causing problems, turn off Alt-Tab Detection and manually activate ATT by typing /att before you alt tab out.
Q) How does Alt-Tab Detection work?
A 1) When fullscreen WoW loses focus, frames stop updating. ATT checks if it's been 5+ seconds since the last frame update.
A 2) When windowmode WoW loses focus, FPS drops to -10, ATT checks if your FPS has dropped below 10 for over 5 seconds. this could give false positives on slow PCs.
Q) What does AFK Activate do?
A) AFK Activate is a old feature that activated ATT when you went /afk. Once you returned you could move/jump and ATT would deactivate. AFK Activate isn't needed now with Alt-Tab Detection.
Q) Will you add a toggle for the ingame alarm clock?
A) Currently not possible. When WoW loses focus frames stop firing OnUpdate. The alarm clock uses OnUpdate to fire the alarm.
Q) ATT caused WoW to crash and give error #132.
A) Checkout Blizzard's Error #132 page. If that doesn't help try enabling ATT's Sound Only option on.
Q) AddonUsage / TitanPerformance claims ATT is using lots of CPU usage, why?
A) The Ace3 libraries ATT uses are probably being used by other addons and ATT is getting the blame. Try downloading Ace3 separately from here and see if that helps.
Q) Are there alternatives to Alt-Tab Toggle?
A) Yes, LFGMaximizer, EventNotifier and AltTabber that I know of.

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  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 13, 2010 at 13:38 UTC - 0 likes

    I think the party thing's fixed in 1.3.2beta.

  • Avatar of Starfox Starfox Jan 12, 2010 at 18:49 UTC - 0 likes

    [19:48:49] Alt-Tab Toggle: Full Party

    It is set to 10man raid and only the first group filled up ;)

  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 12, 2010 at 06:40 UTC - 0 likes

    @shammyz Added it to 1.3.1beta.

    Last edited Jan 12, 2010 by Cyprias
  • Avatar of shammyz shammyz Jan 11, 2010 at 13:32 UTC - 0 likes

    when the debuffs expire offcourse :)

  • Avatar of shammyz shammyz Jan 11, 2010 at 13:24 UTC - 0 likes

    any chance in adding Dungeon Cooldown and Dungeon Deserter ? :)

  • Avatar of Starfox Starfox Jan 10, 2010 at 00:11 UTC - 0 likes

    Cyprias, yea, but not in windowed mode.
    Nevertheless, awesome addon :>

  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 08, 2010 at 22:53 UTC - 0 likes

    I tried once to add alarm toggle but it wouldn't work due to the alarm using OnUpdate. As of 3.3, frames stop firing OnUpdate when (fullscreen) WoW loses focus.

  • Avatar of Starfox Starfox Jan 08, 2010 at 17:13 UTC - 0 likes

    Another trigger to add:
    When the self-set ingame alarm cloak fires :o

  • Avatar of Starfox Starfox Jan 07, 2010 at 19:50 UTC - 0 likes

    Yea works now, thanks.
    Well, no clue why it is 30, but I think that is the default value? On my old hardware I tried to set it to something lower on my old hardware, but then WoW just froze after I tabbed out of it a few times :|

    Last edited Jan 08, 2010 by Starfox
  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 05, 2010 at 21:10 UTC - 0 likes

    k try 1.2.2beta Starfox. I don't use windowmode so saving the cvar slipped my mind. You must run at a high FPS if 30 is where you want it to activate.


Date created
Dec 27, 2009
Last update
Sep 19, 2011
Development stage
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
Recent files
  • A: r147 for 4.2.0 Sep 19, 2011
  • A: r146 for 4.2.0 Sep 16, 2011
  • R: 2.3.0 for 4.2.0 Sep 15, 2011
  • A: r144 for 4.2.0 Sep 14, 2011
  • B: 2.2.3beta for 4.2.0 Sep 14, 2011