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Mac-like alt-tab replacement for Windows 7?

Is it possible to get OS X's functionality of "Cmd + ~" to work in Windows?
For those that don't know, in OS X "Cmd + tab" switches running programs but "Cmd + ~" switches windows within the current program.

marked as duplicate by Daniel Beck, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, harrymc, Doug Harris, DMA57361 Feb 22 '11 at 21:36

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  • Linked topic doesn't sound like it, but it actually also discusses cycling through an application's windows. – Daniel Beck Feb 22 '11 at 19:44
  • I would say that it is a duplicate of that question and according to that question...I'm not going to find a viable answer. – James P. Wright Feb 22 '11 at 20:07

You can configure Switcher to do this.

In Switcher's options, go to the Shortcuts section and click the Edit Shortcuts button.

In the Filter section, scroll down and select "Show Application Only." Add a new keyboard shortcut for Alt+`. Make sure you check Global shortcut. Select Activate when shortcut is Pressed and check End session when shortcut is released.

Now scroll down to Next Window in the Window section. Add a new keyboard shortcut for Alt+` (not global). Hit OK. You should now be able to press Alt+` to bring up Switcher showing only the windows of the foreground application, press ` to cycle to the next window, and release Alt to switch to that window.

  • It's not very smooth compared to OS X but it works! – James P. Wright Feb 22 '11 at 22:04

NTWind's VistaSwitcher will give you exactly what you're looking for -- see the Instance Switcher feature.


You want Ctrl-Tab, I'm thinking.

  • Nope, not relevant, only works for switching Tabs within an App, but not Windows within an App. – James P. Wright Feb 22 '11 at 20:07
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    I tried it in an MDI-window app before I posted. It worked. – Patrick Seymour Feb 23 '11 at 17:51
  • It does work in an MDI-window app like Firefox that has tabs, but if you have multiple Firefox windows open (not tabs) it won't move between them. – James P. Wright Feb 24 '11 at 20:43
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    Because Alt-Tab moves between top-level windows, and Ctrl-Tab moves between child windows. – Patrick Seymour Feb 24 '11 at 23:02

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