Chances are good that you already know that if you have
multiple windows in a certain application open at the same time; you can hover over
the icon on the taskbar and use the Live Thumbnails feature to see each window.
However, there’s another quicker way to switch between windows of a specific
application – all you have to do is hold down [Ctrl] key as you click on the
icon. Let’s take a closer look.
As you know, with the Taskbar’s Live Thumbnails feature, you
just hover your mouse pointer over any button on the Taskbar and you’ll see a
thumbnail of that window’s contents. If the application has several open
windows, such as Windows/File Explorer, you’ll see a thumbnail for each
individual window, as shown in Figure A.
When you see the thumbnail you are looking for, just click and its window will
appear on the desktop ready for you to go to work.
The Live Thumbnails feature
shows thumbnails of the open windows.
While using the Live Thumbnails feature access multiple
windows in an application is a quick way to make the switch, using the Windows
Switcher technique is a just bit quicker because it requires less mouse
Returning to our Windows/File Explorer example, instead of hovering
your mouse pointer over the taskbar icon, just hold down the [Ctrl] key as you
click on the icon. Each time you click, one of the windows will come to the
foreground, as shown in Figure B.
When you see the one that you want, just release the [Ctrl] key.
As you cycle through all of
the open windows, each window appears on the screen in a stacked formation.
As you can see, as you cycle through all of the open
windows, each window appears on the screen in a stacked formation.
While I have used Windows/File Explorer in my example, this
technique work in any application that has multiple windows open at the same
time and is displayed on the Taskbar as a combined icon. This technique also
works with certain tabbed user interface applications such as Internet Explorer.
You can use this technique in Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.