In Windows 7 there is a handy shortcut titled "Switch between windows", the actual filename is "Window Switcher.lnk". The shortcut brings up a view of my open windows where each window's content can be seen as if I was looking on at an angle and flipping through it like they were index cards (you do this using the mouse-wheel or arrows). Which is pretty cool, and I use it often when I have many windows open.

I'd like to be able to bring up this view using a hot-key, so I don't have to reach for the mouse: Hit a key combo, scroll through using arrows, , in some situations is going to be faster.

Is there a hot-key already for bringing that view up? Or is there a way I can bind a hot-key to a shortcut?

  • Some additional thoughts, if anyone is interested: I had tried to simply set a hot-key on the short-cut itself, but it didn't appear to work. Just now, though I found a note on the web that led me to the conclusion that hot-keys on short-cuts don't work from the quick launch, the short-cut must be located on the start menu or desktop. So if you want to have a different hot-key, or perhaps bind it to your logitech mouse (which won't map to windows keys), put the shortcut on the menu, and set a customized hot-key. – Iain Nov 8 '09 at 15:50

That would be Windows Key and Tab :)

The official name is Aero Flip 3D, and it's been in Windows since Vista. To hold it there so you don't have to keep the Windows Key held down, hold control while you do it.

  • Oh. :). Was it dependent on Aero in Vista? Might be why I didn't have it then. :) – Iain Nov 8 '09 at 15:15
  • Hm. Windows-tab isn't quite the same as the short-cut, since it requires you to hold windows-tab down. Is there a way to change that behavior? – Iain Nov 8 '09 at 15:16
  • Ah, sorry about that. Hold <kbd>Shift</kbd> while you press it, and you can release other keys. – Phoshi Nov 8 '09 at 15:24
  • 1
    Hm. I tried shift, and it didn't work, so I went ahead and tried control, on the off-chance you simply misremembered. That did the trick. So the correct combo for it to stick is ctrl-windows-tab. Thanks for the tips, Phoshi! – Iain Nov 8 '09 at 15:33
  • Whoops! I don't use it often myself, thanks for the heads-up. – Phoshi Nov 8 '09 at 15:41

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.