Manage Windows and Switch Tasks Easier with VistaSwitcher (Alt-Tab Replacement)

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.

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.

Find the Right Window Faster

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 an easy-to-read relevant list of tasks, all shown clearly with titled icons so you can find the one you need within seconds.

VistaSwitcher - Vertical Task List

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.

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.

Manage Multiple Windows with Ease

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!

VistaSwitcher - Window Management

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.

Switch between Windows of the Same Application

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 a Mac.

VistaSwitcher - Instance Switcher

It’s easy to remember if you note that the backtick (`) is the key right above the Tab on a US English keyboard layout. So, you don’t have to break your old motor habits trying to familiarize yourself with a new shortcut.

Support for Multiple Monitors

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.

VistaSwitcher - Multi Monitor Settings

With VistaSwitcher, 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.



VistaSwitcher runs only on Windows XP, Vista and 7 (Windows 8 is not supported at this time). It works with both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, native 64-bit version is included in the download.

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