Use Simple Keyboard Shortcut For Activating And Holding The Tasks Switching State

Windows 7 and Vista users can switch between windows of open programs/ applications by using keyboard shortcuts like “Win+Tab” and “Alt+Tab”. The keyboard shortcut “Win+Tab” shows an Aero Flip 3D thumbnail preview or live snapshot to allow you to switch between open applications whereas “Alt+Tab” uses a standard 2D switching UI (User Interface).

However, both these keyboard shortcuts accomplish the same task of switching between open applications and exit themselves the moment you leave the hotkeys displaying the selected window.


If you wish to have a slow review of the open applications before you choose to display a particular window, you may activate task switching UI and hold it in the same state until you click on the thumbnail of the preferred window to switch to.

You can do it by pressing and holding the “Ctrl” key while you use the keyboard shortcuts “Win+Tab” and “Alt+Tab”. The task switching UI will remain still even if you release the pressed keys. You may use “Tab” key to move forward and “Shift+Tab” to move backward for navigating within the task switching UI.

In order to glance through the open windows, you simply need to scroll your mouse wheel. To exit this task switching state, you may select any of the windows or just press the “Escape” key.


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