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Is there a way to get window previews like in Windows 7 alt-tab? If i have the same program open multiple times, but I'm using different parts of it, supplying only the program icon and title is useless to me.

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None of the examples below are anywhere near as smooth as the win7 one, what with XP having no compositor, but they're not something I'd run an xp system without. –  Phoshi Sep 20 '09 at 17:35

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Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP has an Alt-Tab Replacement, among many other useful things :

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TaskSwitchXP - Alt-Tab Replacement For XP, also allows to minimize any application to the system tray instead of the taskbar.

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WinFlip 3D - 'Flip 3D' function for Windows XP.

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caveat: WinFlip doesn't support Video Playback in 'flipped' previews (unlike Vista/7)

both programs are free and portable, no installation required.

a bit OT yet not unrelated: Visual Tooltip will show a thumbnail preview of a window by hovering the mouse cursor over a button of the taskbar (similar to Vista/7).

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Visual Tooltip is freeware.

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Regarding WinFlip3D -- if anyone has gotten bad vibes from a previous version, try out this version; it seems to be quite a bit faster than the old 0.20 version I have. Also seems to have gained a few features since the last time I tried it. It also seemed to render my five windows pretty snappy (1.8 Ghz single core proc and ATI Radeon Xpress 1150). –  Nathaniel Sep 21 '09 at 1:19
    
WinFlip 3D is indeed much smoother (especially on low end hardware) and less resource hungry than its Vista counterpart. –  Molly7244 Sep 21 '09 at 1:26

Microsoft has an alt-tab replacement for Windows XP available here. It might be what you're looking for. Otherwise there are a bunch of 3rd party programs available.

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you may want to edit your answer, the link points to this thread. :) –  Molly7244 Sep 20 '09 at 17:28
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he's just showcasing my answer that's all :) –  John T Sep 20 '09 at 17:32
    
Heh yeah it looks like John T did beat me to it. And my link was broken. Oops. –  Shane Sep 20 '09 at 17:36

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