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Trying to find some key+click combination to bring all windows for a given application to the top of z-order. For example, I have several Putty terminal windows open in the stacked taskbar icon and I want to display all of them, not just the last used. The only work-around I have found so far is to shift+right-click and "minimize all windows" followed by "restore all windows". Any simpler way to do this?

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A better option than the Windows key is to hold down Control and click once for each window on the taskbar icon.

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Hold down Shift, Right click on the taskbar Icon, Select "Restore all windows."

Found here with a bunch of good shortcuts:

http://lifehacker.com/5390086/the-master-list-of-new-windows-7-shortcuts

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Note that this only works if windows for that program are grouped (combined) on the taskbar. I have mine set to combine when full, which had me scratching my head for a while (I was getting the single window restore, not restore all windows). –  Bob May 8 '12 at 13:51
    
This is not what was asked: the windows don't need restoring; they need to be brought to the front. Unfortunately there's no such option in the (default) right-click menu –  Carl Witthoft Jan 28 '13 at 15:23
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As suggested by Wil, AutoHotkey can do it.

Here is a script that will put on top all PuTTY windows. It is activated when pressing the Win+p hotkey:

#p::
WinGet, id, list, ahk_class PuTTY
Loop, %id%
{
    this_id := id%A_Index%
    WinActivate, ahk_id %this_id%
}
return
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Thanks Snark. Ideally someone (VistaSwitcher author, this means you!) would write a more general-purpose tool that would let you alt-tab through the applications instead of the windows (at least with an additional key combo), and bring all of the windows of the chosen application to the front. –  glenviewjeff May 10 '11 at 20:44
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I do not think that such a thing exists.... Possibly you could write a AHK script, but I am not an expert there.

The only built in function I know of is to do what you have done, or, if the application has a stack, you can bring them all up by pressing Windows Flag+Number (1-0), keep holding Windows Flag and press Tab to cycle through the selection.... But I think this is probably even longer.

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Hold ctrl as you click on the grouped icon. Should bring each one up successively.

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A little old a topic, but it's topical to me, as I switched to Win7 at work only recently.

I just left-click rapidly on the group icon in the task bar: each single click takes one more of the windows to the front, at some point you start cycling though them...

This continuous fire feels moronic, but maybe this impression is correct.

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This doesn't work for me win Win7. I only get a pop-up of the window previews. Maybe your idea works only if Aero is disabled? –  glenviewjeff May 10 '11 at 20:41
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