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In Windows 7/8, multiple instances of the same application (Windows Explorer, for example) will appear in the taskbar under one icon.

Is there a keyboard shortcut that will automatically cycle through the main windows of the various instances of the current process, preferably highlighting their preview window in the taskbar?

I know I can use WIN+# but that requires me to count taskbar items and doesn't scale beyond 10.

(Windows 8 exclusive shortcuts are ok too)

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  • Win+T to move focus to the taskbar

    • and or Win+T to move between applications on the taskbar. (You can also type the first letter of the application title to jump.)

    • to move focus to the subpages/previews

      • and or Tab and Shift+Tab to move between the subpages/previews
  • Thanks, but I'm looking for something a little more direct if possible. – Richard Szalay Aug 27 '12 at 23:15
  • @RichardSzalay: Unfortunately it does not seem to be possible to focus the current application right away if i did not miss anything in the official documentation :/ – H.B. Aug 27 '12 at 23:20
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What you're looking for on Windows is Ctrl+Tab to cycle through the windows of an open application.

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    This only works if the application explicitly supports it. Try opening two instances of notepad and then cycle between. – Richard Szalay May 1 '18 at 0:30

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