A new computer tip every day for a year
Day 79 / 365
Keyboard shortcut: ALT+ESC cycles through open windows. This is similar to WINDOWS+TAB and ALT+TAB (introduced earlier), three different ways to select running programs. All three of these shortcuts will be covered below.
For each of the three shortcuts you hold the ALT or WINDOWS modifier key while hitting the ESC or TAB key one or more times. For example, hold the ALT key then press and release the ESC key but keep the ALT key pressed. While holding ALT you can repeatedly hit the other key to cycle through each program. Try it now, but make sure you have at least two programs running.
You can also press and hold the ESC key while holding the ALT key. Pressing and holding the ESC key will enter repeat mode for the ESC key, which will automatically cycle through all open windows.
ALT+ESC shows the windows as they are cycled through, if they are not minimized.
ALT+TAB shows the program icon of all running windows in a small window, as they are cycled through.
WINDOWS+TAB cycles through taskbar buttons. Try all three to see similarities and differences of each.
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