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Windows 7: Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut


Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut

How to Create a Flip 3D Switch Between Windows Shortcut in Windows 7
Published by Brink
22 Jan 2009
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How to Create a Flip 3D Switch Between Windows Shortcut in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to create a Switch Between Windows, also known as Flip 3D, shortcut in Windows 7.

Note   Note
Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Flip 3D

NOTE: Press the key combinations below in blue to activate.
  • Windows Key + Tab = Press and hold Windows Key, then press Tab (or roll mouse scroll wheel) to scroll through the open windows. Choose the open window you want by releasing the Windows Key when the window is at the front.
  • Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab = Scroll through the open windows by pressing the Tab key, arrow keys, or roll the mouse scroll wheel. Click on the window you want to see, or press Enter when it is up front.
If you would like to assign your own keyboard shortcut to the shortcut in this tutorial, then for how, see: How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista and Windows 7

Tip   Tip
To pin this shortcut to the taskbar, you will need to have Recent Programs turned on.

Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut-taskbar.jpg

warning   Warning
Aero Requirements to be Enabled in Windows 7:

NOTE: If Aero is not enabled, then Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D - will not work.
  • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
  • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
  • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
  • The desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options enabled in Visual Effects.
  • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
  • Refresh or update your WEI score.
  • Using a Aero theme.
This shortcut will not work in Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic editions since they do not include the Aero feature.


EXAMPLE: Switch Between Windows - Flip-3D
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OPTION ONE
To Download a Flip 3D Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Switch_Between_Windows.zip
download
2. Click on Save, and save the .zip file to the desktop.

3. Open the .zip file and extract the Switch Between Windows shortcut to the desktop.

4. Right click on the Switch Between Windows shortcut, and click on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5.
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5. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip file on the desktop if you like.






OPTION TWO
To Manually Create a Flip 3D Shortcut
1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut. (See screenshot below)
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2. Copy and paste the path below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below)
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105
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3. Type Switch Between Windows for the name, and click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though. For example, Flip 3D.
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4. Right click on the new Switch Between Windows shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties. (See screenshot below)
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5. Click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)
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6. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the path below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
%SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll
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7. Select the Flip-3D icon in blue below and click on OK. (See screenshot above)

8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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9. You can now Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this shortcut, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move it where you like for easy use.
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That's it,
Shawn






22 Jan 2009   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Another good one Shawn.

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22 Jan 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Aaron.
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06 Feb 2009   #3
Digger

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

Hoooooray Beer!

Hooooooray FLIP3D!

this thing is great brink. Coming from a non-vista using longtime xp user.... this has answered one of my small issues with Windows 7 and the ie window/tab grouping that i have had. Figured out my mouse has a wheel and why they call this "FLIP"3D.... lol... now i can still be happy with the use of taskbar preview and not get lost when having many many things open, or having to switch to non-grouping.
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06 Feb 2009   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm happy to hear that it was able to help you out Digger.
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14 Feb 2009   #5
jeyessh

Windows Vista And installing Windows Se7en now!
 
 

Hey Shawn,
when i used method 2 and created a shortcut, i got this message when i tried to open it,
Error loading DwnApi
The specified procedure could not be found
may i know why?
Regards,
Ashok
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14 Feb 2009   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ashok,

Double check to make sure that you do not have a typo from step 2. Does the download shortcut work for you?
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15 Feb 2009   #7
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Hi shawn, tried your TUTE, did it both ways , did everything as you said but when I click on the shortcut I get this window every time ,if you have any ideas ,no hurry ,and keep up the great work the tutorials are brilliant,Thank You.
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15 Feb 2009   #8
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Try mine to see if it's still the same Switch between windows.zip


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15 Feb 2009   #9
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
Try mine to see if it's still the same Attachment 4716
Hi Thank's for that it worked immediatly ,brilliant well done.
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