You can use the keyboard shortcut Alt-Tab on modern Windows devices to display and switch between all open program windows.
While you have other options to switch to other programs, Alt-Tab may be faster than those. One reason for that is that it displays previews of those open windows on the desktop so that identification of the right one may be easier.
You can switch to any of the open windows using the mouse -- b
y clicking on the window -- or keyboard -- by tapping on the Tab-key to flip through the windows.
The only other option provided is to close any open program window by hovering the mouse cursor over the representation, and a click on the x-icon that appears when you do so.
You can customize the Alt-Tab feature in Windows in several ways. Please note that this requires editing values in the Windows Registry, or using a third-party program that provides you with the options.
The three core options that you have in this regard are the following ones:
Do the following if you want to change the transparency of the Alt-Tab interface border.:
Do the following to dim the desktop background when you use Alt-Tab.
If you don't like editing the Registry, or prefer a fast solution, then you may use the free Windows program AltPlusTab instead. It supports all three features described above, but is less flexible when it comes to the values that you can set.
Still, it offers a quick solution to change the Alt-Tab transparency, and background behavior.
So how does it look like if you enable all three features? It could look something like this
I have created a Registry script that you can run to make the changes with a single double-click. You can download the script with a click on the following link: alt-tab-registry.zip
Make sure you edit the values in the Registry file using a plain text editor such as Notepad before you run it.
Here is the full script:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
; Set transparency of Alt-Tab interface between 00000000 (full transparency) and 000000100 (no transparency)
; Set whether windows are shown behind the Alt-Tab interface. 00000000 is no, 00000001 is yes
; Sets the dim percentage of the background, 00000000 is no dimming, 00000100 is full dimming
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