VistaSwitcher - Speed Up Windows Alt-Tab
VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS. Once installed, it replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab dialog with a nice box that shows a list of all running tasks, with their names and preview snapshots, and enables the user to take actions on them using the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. With just one click, you can switch tasks, minimize, maximize, restore the main window, or close the process.
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Statistics show that an average user switches between applications with Alt-Tab hundreds of times per day! It is one of the most common actions performed on a computer. More surprisingly, it seems that this common task is completely unappealing and inconvenient in its default realization.
The main advantage of VistaSwitcher is a brand new Alt-Tab switching window. Unlike to the stadard Alt-Tab, VistaSwitcher shows a full-sized preview of each task window and easy-to-read relevant lists of tasks running, all shown clearly with titled icons so you can find the one you need within seconds.
Conveniently, you don’t have to press the Alt-Tab repeatedly to finally select the required application. Navigation is much easier (and more intuitive, too); simply hover your mouse over the desired task or select it with the arrow keys on your keyboard. With VistaSwitcher, finding the right window is a breeze!
Also, you can switch between open windows with only the mouse. No keyboard shortcuts required! Just hold your right mouse button down and scroll the wheel up or down to select the window you want.
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If you think VistaSwitcher’s only surprising feature is its powerful task-switching capabilities – you’re wrong! It’s merely the tip of the iceberg. With VistaSwitcher, you also have full control over any opened window, all within two clicks away. So, go ahead – minimize, maximize, restore, cascade, tile vertically or horizontally, close or even end the process!
Moreover, you can select multiple windows and apply the same action to all of them simultaneously. Simply select the windows of your choice using the middle mouse button or Shift + Arrow Keys (or “S” shortcut key), and then apply a bulk action to all selected windows.
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VistaSwitcher adds even more comfort to your everyday PC work by offering a feature that Mac users have already been enjoying for a looong time – namely, switching between open windows of the same application such as Microsoft Word documents or multiple Explorer windows.
Now you can cycle through your open documents as easily as you do with your open applications, using Alt + ` (grave accent or backtick) – just like on Mac OS.
It’s easy to remember if you note that the backtick (`) is the key right above the Tab on a US English keyboard layout (note for international keyboard layouts). So, you don’t have to break your old motor habits trying to familiarize yourself with a new shortcut.
It takes exactly 30 seconds to remember this simple shortcut and another 30 seconds to love it. And, you’ll never forget the shortcut to this amazing feature once you’ve experienced its power.
The default Alt-Tab dialog always appears on your main monitor. You don’t even have a choice! Quite the contrary, VistaSwitcher shows the task switch dialog on the active monitor – the one you’re working with now. It uses a smart algorithm to determine which of your monitors is currently active – either by the mouse cursor position, or by the active window caption.
And that is not all. VistaSwitcher offers one more awesome trick! You can switch between applications only on your active monitor and filter out the applications shown on other monitors. Use Ctrl+Alt+Tab instead of the usual Alt+Tab, and VistaSwitcher automatically determines application windows on your active monitor and filters the dialog off the other app’s windows.
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VistaSwitcher runs under Windows XP/Vista and 7. There is also a native 64-bit version available for download. The program integrates into Windows natively and runs without any compatibility issues.
Please, visit our support forums to suggest new features or report problems.