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 Starfox Starfox Jan 05, 2010 at 17:11 UTC - 0 likes

    Quoting the code:
    maxFPSBk = 10;--default is 10FPS while alt-tabbed in window mode.

    Why don't you just use GetCVar, because for me maxFPSBk is not 10!
    edit: perhaps even compare more like
    fps <= maxFPSBk+X, because my background fps are limited to 30, but tend to swing between ~28-32

    Last edited Jan 05, 2010 by Starfox
  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 04, 2010 at 23:38 UTC - 0 likes

    Disable Alt-Tab Detection and manually activate ATT by typing /att before alt tabbing. When you return type /att to deactivate.

  • Avatar of Kleo Kleo Jan 04, 2010 at 23:01 UTC - 0 likes

    I *love* the concept of this. However, something I am not loving is that every time a flagged event comes up and I'm already in game, it puts me on my desktop for a second or two, and then back into the game. Is there any way to make it so that it only activates if you're actually alt-tabbed, rather than also whenever you're already in game? Until it's changed, unfortunately I have to get rid of the add-on.

  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Jan 03, 2010 at 21:03 UTC - 0 likes

    Unfortunately the console gxRestart command doesn't work in window mode. You'll have to use the alert sound.

  • Avatar of Starfox Starfox Jan 03, 2010 at 18:46 UTC - 0 likes

    Does not work for me on Win7x64, windowed.
    CVar 'maxFPSBk' is 30 for me and it does not bring WoW back into foreground for me, I'll try and enable all the debug statements and post what it does

    Last edited Jan 03, 2010 by Starfox
  • Avatar of sammael666 sammael666 Dec 31, 2009 at 15:26 UTC - 0 likes

    well thing is i can do /console gxrestart without crashing coz when i type it the game already is fullscreen, but when it's in background it crashes :< guess the sound warning will have to do then :)

    happy new year

  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Dec 31, 2009 at 14:16 UTC - 0 likes

    @sam Try disabling ATT and typing /console gxrestart 5-10 times to see if that causes WoW to crash. If it's crashing w/o ATT then I can't do much about that. You could use the Sound Only to just get alerted on events. =/

  • Avatar of sammael666 sammael666 Dec 31, 2009 at 01:55 UTC - 0 likes

    i like the concept but 3 times out of 5 the addon;s gonna do "it's thing" it gives me error #132 crash insted of turning wow back fullscreen :<

    windows 7 64bit, 4gb ram, 3.2ghz quad core cpu, nv9800gt gfx, english client

  • Avatar of Cyprias Cyprias Dec 28, 2009 at 09:54 UTC - 0 likes

    I'm not sure KAPMA. edit: I found the problem. The TOC file did not match the folder name. It should be fixed in v1.0.2beta.

    Last edited Dec 28, 2009 by Cyprias
  • Avatar of KAPMA KAPMA Dec 28, 2009 at 08:43 UTC - 0 likes

    Addon installed, but in the choice of addons it does not exist, that may be the reason? Russian version of WOW


Date created
Dec 27, 2009
Last update
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GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3)
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