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Switching Between Programs

The taskbar is one way to switch between open programs, but it’s not the only way. You can also do either of the following:

  • Click any visible part of the application’s window, which brings that window to the front.
  • Hold down the Alt key and then press the Tab key repeatedly until the application window you want is selected. This is called Windows Flip and cycles through thumbnails of all open windows, as shown in Figure 3.12. When you’re at the window you want, release the Alt key.

    Figure 3.12

    Figure 3.12 Use Windows Flip to select from thumbnails of all open programs.

  • Hold down the Start button and then press the Tab key to activate the Flip 3D feature. This displays a three-dimensional stack of all open windows, as shown in Figure 3.13. Continue pressing the Tab key (or rotate the scroll button on your mouse) to cycle through the windows on the stack.

    Figure 3.13

    Figure 3.13 Flip 3D lets you flip through a three-dimensional stack of open windows.

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