Simple Shortcut Keys For Activating And Holding The Tasks Switching State

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.

Creating Shortcuts To Switching On And Off The Aero Theme In Windows Vista

Creating Shortcuts To Switching On And Off The Aero Theme In Windows Vista

With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced the Windows Aero Theme which is one of the best looking themes to grace the Windows users. The sleek, glass-like appearance of Windows components makes it a joy to use the PC.

However, so much eye candy comes few drawbacks as well. The Aero Theme is notoriously known to be a resource hog, and can bog down most mainstream desktops. Furthermore, on a laptop and laptop, this feature drains battery life quite substantially.

You could, if you feel you can do without the visual appeal, and eliminate the Windows Aero theme. You can do that by either making some changes to the registry, or manually through Vista’s theme options, but that can be quite time consuming and frustrating.

To make things easier, you can create shortcuts that allow you to enable and disable the Aero theme effect from the desktop itself without the need to dive deep into Window’s settings.

To create Windows Vista Aero Theme ‘on and off’ shortcut, you can follow the steps given below:

Shortcut to Enable Vista Aero:

  • Right-Click your mouse on the desktop, choose “New” and select “Shortcut
  • You will now get the wizard to create shortcut
  • In the empty box, enter the phrase “Rundll32dwmApi#102? and click next
  • The shortcut can be named as “Aero On” or “Aero Enable
  • Your final task will be accomplished once you click on the finish button

Shortcut to Disable Windows Aero:

  • Right-Click your mouse on the desktop, choose “New” and select “Shortcut
  • You will be prompted for the Shortcut wizard
  • In the empty box, enter the phrase “Rundll32dwmApi#104? and click next
  • Name your shortcut to “Aero Off” or “Aero Disable
  • Your final task will be accomplished once you click on the finish button

Now you can switch on or off the Aero Theme on your Windows Vista straight from your desktop shortcuts.

Simply Activate And Switch Window In Windows 7 By Mouse Over Hover

Simply Activate And Switch Window In Windows 7 By Mouse Over Hover

Normally in Windows 7 OS, when there are more than one opened windows on the desktop, users tend to click on the window to activate it for the further use. Rather than a mouse click, some of us would surely like to hover over the mouse pointer to immediately switch to the inactive window. In Windows 7 OS, Microsoft has introduced such a useful feature called auto-bring to front window which works on mouse over option.

 

To enable this feature on your own Windows 7 just go through the following steps.

  1. First, go to Control Panel.
  2. Now, click on Ease of Access Center icon or Ease of Access link.
  3. Select the option that states Make the mouse easier to use or Change how your mouse works.
  4. Now, you have to tick in the check box “Activate a window by hovering over it”. You’ll see this option under “Make it easier to manage windows” section.
  5. Finally, click Apply and OK. Now just hover your mouse on another window and activate this feature instantly.

In fact, users having difficulties could use this feature to use the Windows 7 OS very easily. Consequently, normal windows users may sometimes feel uncomfortable or even by mistake they could hover a mouse pointer away and activating the wrong window while still wanting to keep current window of the running application.