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Windows 7: View all open windows in 1 screen Mac OSX style?


30 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
View all open windows in 1 screen Mac OSX style?

Hi everybody!
I've just re-converted back to a PC after having had a macbook for the last few years.
The only thing I'm missing from my Macbook is a way to view all open windows/running programs spread across the screen and pick the one I want to come to the front (see attachment). Pressing the button, or in my case clicking the middle mouse button, darkened the background and spread every window out in a zoomed out way so you could pick whick one you want to come to the front. Clicking on that window brought it to the front, re-brightened the background and all other windows went back to their original location, order and size. It was awesome and I want it back!
Is there a way to do this in Windows 7?!
Preferably I'd still like to bind this to a mouse button if possible?

Also, I don't mind if this will require [reliable/tested] third party software.

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Thanks so much!



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30 Jan 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jordan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You can use Flip3D using the Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab or Windows Key + Tab keyboard shortcuts for this.

Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

That's one way of doing it, but in order to see all open windows simultaneously (except for IE8, where it will be the current active tab that is shown), you need to use Alt + Tab. Alternatively, set your middle mouse button to Flip (as opposed to Flip 3D). This only shows thumbnails of active windows, but you can see at a glance which one you want.
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30 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Wow thanks guys! This is excellent! The only thing is how do I assign one of these to my middle mouse button?
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30 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You can do this in Mouse Properties. The middle mouse button is referred to here as Wheel Button. Note that the following is for my mouse, yours might be slightly different, but the same principle will apply.

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30 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

In mouse properties for my mouse there was no option to change button assignments, I was using a Saitek GM 1600 which has no official drivers or software and shows up as a generic mouse. However I noticed you're using a MS Intellipoint mouse which I remembered having one from an old PC. Dug it out and d/led the software off MS's site and now I get exactly the same options screen as you showed, Dwarf.

Thanks for the help Dwarf and Brink. Shame I can't use my new mouse but at least I'mn set up now! =]
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30 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You're welcome. Don't forget that you can use the keyboard shortcuts already mentioned if your mouse doesn't have the capability.
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30 Jan 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Jordan. Also, don't forget the Flip3D shortcut in the link above that you can pin to the taskbar and use as well.
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