Can I exclude the ALT-TAB windows from capture?

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When doing a screencast with multiple windows, I'll use ALT-TAB to switch back and forth between windows.

However, this means the ALT-TAB window switcher will appear in the screencast itself, including a real-time look at the Camtasia capture window, as well as any other windows I might have open at the time.

I'd like to avoid this. Is there any way to prevent that window from showing, or to easily switch between windows quickly without showing anything on the screen?

Screenshot of the issue below.

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Hi there

While I'm unaware of any way to prevent it from showing, it's pretty easy to cover it up during editing. 

Cheers... Rick :)
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 it's pretty easy to cover it up during editing. 
Do you mean just cut it out?  Or some other way that I'm not thinking of?
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Sure, one way would be to cut the segment out. But if you have audio going on, that would also cause a bit of a mismatch. I would likely export the frame immediately before it shows, then insert it on a track above and configure the duration to match the duration of seeing the brief alt+tab dialog.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I would likely export the frame immediately before it shows, then insert it on a track above and configure the duration to match the duration of seeing the brief alt+tab dialog.
Rick, that worked beautifully, thank you.
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There is also the option to use the taskbar shortcut keys.
This is only helpful though if you set the programs you need to open in the first 10 spots of the taskbar.

This should work from Vista through Win 10

Open the program and position it on your screen (if not opening it fullscreen) and then minimize it to the taskbar.

You can then open it with the winkey & number key of what position the program icon  is at on the taskbar. 1 thru 0 (on the keyboard not the numpad)

Windows 10


Just another option that could say on editing

P.S. If you unlock the taskbar you can drag the program icons to different positions on the taskbar

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This would be great, except that they're two window instances of the same application, so they're grouped together on the task bar.
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The easiest thing to do is simply stop talking while switching apps.

Then cut out and delete that part of the video. No muss no fuss.

Regards,Joe

If you use background music,don't add it until after you  have edited your video.
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If you right click on the taskbar and select properties,  you can set the taskbar to not group them and each instance be it's own icon.

Set "Taskbar buttons" to Never combine.



As I said,  just a option if you prefer a shortcut to open the programs (without the switcher window showing) and not mess with cutting stuff out in editing.

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