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Windows 7: Using the Start Menu to switch between running programs

14 Nov 2009   #1
akadmon

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
 
 
Using the Start Menu to switch between running programs

First an admission. I'm a Mac user and an avowed keyboard shortcut enthusiast. On a Mac we have a wonderful app (prog in Winspeak) called Quicksilver, which makes it possible (among other things) to switch between running programs using the keyboard (i.e., without the hunt and click mouse nonsense). All I have to do is invoke a hot-key, type one or two letters (it remembers the apps I use most!), press Enter and BAM! I'm there. I find this so much faster than hunting for the right icon on the taskbar, or alt-tabbing through 10-15 apps to get to where I want to go.

Alas, in Windows (any flavor, be it 2K, XP, Vista or 7), if I do anything other than alt-tab to a running program, or click on its icon on the taskbar, I'm going to start another instance of that program, which means loading duplicates of all the resources that have already been loaded into memory!

Using Excel as an example, all I want is to hit the Windows key, type e x, hit Enter (assuming Excel is the first choice) and switch to the one (and only) instance of Excel that is already running. Is that really too much to ask? For the record, I have tried a number of Windows based Quicksilver knockoffs, and they all suffer from the same limitation. So it seems that trapping which programs are already running is an impossible feat under Windows


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15 Nov 2009   #2
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Windows Key+Tab
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15 Nov 2009   #3
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Or ALT + Tab for that matter.
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15 Nov 2009   #4
akadmon

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I guess neither one of you guys read my entire post. I'm fully aware of what alt-tab and windows-tab do. Neither does what I want. Try getting to your destination quickly using alt-tab when you have 20-30 windows open! Can you say "alt-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab" in less than a second"?
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15 Nov 2009   #5
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by akadmon View Post
I guess neither one of you guys read my entire post. I'm fully aware of what alt-tab and windows-tab do. Neither does what I want. Try getting to your destination quickly using alt-tab when you have 20-30 windows open! Can you say "alt-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab-tab" in less than a second"?
No, but I can hold Windows Key + Tab or Alt + Tab and it goes really, really quick. Maybe even quicker than 30 opened Windows in a second.
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15 Nov 2009   #6
pillainp

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

One for you:

CTRL+WINKEY+TAB and then click the app (program) want to bring to front.

(CTRL+WINKEY+TAB causes Flip3D to create a static list of all running apps).
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15 Nov 2009   #7
trashpants

Win 7 Pro
 
 

you guys really aren't solving the problem at all.
akadmon wants to hit a button and type the program to open the current running process / make a new one IF a running one isnt there.

Anyway, from what I remember the guys behind gnome-do on linux were porting it to windows (ive not really paid attention to it though) I think thats the closest thing thing that currently comes to it.

EDIT:
http://www.launchy.net/

i think thats the gnome-do project ported to windows...
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15 Nov 2009   #8
akadmon

Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Launchy is one of the programs I've tried. It's as close to Quicksilver as it gets. Unfortunately, it too will launch another instance of a process instead of switching to it when it's already running.
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31 Aug 2012   #9
Soulfire

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Aaaah Macs, the Fischer Price of the computer world, Sony's My Frist Computer!

I've got three little words that have been present in Windows since good old Windows 95:

Hot Key Scripts

Of course to use these you'll need to elevate you IQ a little above the 1 or 2 points required to use a Mac.
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03 Sep 2012   #10
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

WIN + 1-0 Will open or run the selected application on the taskbar (in order), applications with multiple windows (like multiple Explorer windows), hitting WIN + 1-0 will loop though the group.

WIN = Windows Key, or SuperKey usually between CTRL and ALT.

WIN + SHIFT + 1-0 will start a new instance.
WIN + ALT + 1-0 will open the Jump List

Or...
You could press ALT + TAB, keep holding ALT, however, and use the arrow keys then enter.
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