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Windows 7: Alt-Tab and Taskbar Previews Disappear


01 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Alt-Tab and Taskbar Previews Disappear

Hey, all!

This may be a problem others have had, but I've looked everywhere and haven't been able to find a good answer, yet. I'm dealing with a few bugs.

The first bug relates to alt-tab. When I hold alt and press tab, the pop-up with previews of each active window appears as it should, however after about a half a second, it disappears. In that half a second, I can quickly alt-tab from the active window to the one directly behind it, and if I hold tab, it quickly cycles through all the others with the pop-up staying up, but the minute I let go of tab for the first time, the pop-up disappears and nothing happens.

I have a similar problem with my taskbar. The Aero theme includes the great feature of hovering the mouse over the icon for an open program to show a small preview of that window (or all the windows in a given application). When I do this, the preview pops up breifly, but then quickly disappears as well. If I move my mouse slowly across the icon, each time the mouse stops, the preview refreshes, but the preview disappears when I try to move my mouse over it to, for example, select one Word document out of 3 that I'm working on.

A related bug to this may be that when I try to click-drag to reorder the icons on my taskbar, the click-drag only "grabs" the icon for a half a second before releasing it (even though my mouse is still down) back to where it originally came from.

I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a refurbished Alienware M17X that I received from Dell a few weeks ago (in replacement of a dead Inspiron 1720... go figure how they made THAT decision!). Any help would be much appreciated. I will gladly try to take screenshots or record video if any of my explanations were unclear.

Thanks!

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02 Feb 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Azweibel, and welcome to Seven Forums.


You can use CTRL+ALT+TAB , and press tab to cycle through the open windows instead to avoid them closing on you so fast.

Since this is a laptop, I bet it may be your tapping or sensitivity settings for your touchpad causing the pointer to lose focus while hovered over the taskbar icon's previews.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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28 Feb 2010   #3

Ubuntu
 
 

Go to Control Panel -> Advanced (or Advanced System Settings) -> in the section Performance click on "Settings..." button -> in the custom list of Visual Effects uncheck "Enable Aero Peek" -> click "Apply" button

Now the alt-tab window will stay afloat as long as you want.
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14 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

If it's a laptop, try without the plug in.
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19 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I am actually having the EXACT same problem on my Alienware M17x Laptop running Windows 7 x64.
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03 Oct 2010   #6

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Same problem to on the same system (AW M17x) with Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

In case you find solution please update.
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04 Oct 2010   #7

 
 

have you tried using mouseflip3d Helpful Tip: Vista Flip3D Mouse Shortcut
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04 Oct 2010   #8

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
have you tried using mouseflip3d Helpful Tip: Vista Flip3D Mouse Shortcut
And how is this related to our problem?
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04 Oct 2010   #9

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ammouri View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
have you tried using mouseflip3d Helpful Tip: Vista Flip3D Mouse Shortcut
And how is this related to our problem?
well for one, i thought it might help with cycling through the apps, and two, nice attitude buddy. I wasnt telling you to use it, I was just offering a suggestion.
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04 Oct 2010   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ammouri View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Pusspa View Post
have you tried using mouseflip3d Helpful Tip: Vista Flip3D Mouse Shortcut
And how is this related to our problem?
possibly because flip 3d allows you to rotate through open windows and apps.as op wishes to do.
we are all volunteers here at seven forums and treat one another with respect where due, it would be prudent as a newcomer here to bare this in mind
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