Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Hotkey for switching software (like 3D flip)?

20 Oct 2010   #1

Hotkey for switching software (like 3D flip)?

Hey guys!

Just found out something really cool and useful. It's like 3D flip but better, as all the active windows become smaller but are facing forward, which makes it easier to choose the needed one. When you point them with your mouse, it shows the software/folder name.

I know the alt + tab and win + tab combos, but there has to be some for this one too I guess. Haven't found it even though I tried searching the Interner for hotkey guides.

The way I found this option was when I was using my Logitech mouse on my laptop, and started customizing the mouse buttons... I found a button command "switch between software", chose it, and found this option out. How can I do the same thing without my mouse, just using some keyboard combo?

Here's a pic of how it looks. Originally Microsoft Word was on top, after pressing the button all the windows were resized and placed next to each other.

Thanks in advance guys!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2010   #2
Orbital Shark


Not sure if it helps but you could try Win+T which will bring all active taskbar previews up at 1 time allowing for quick selection of the app/window you want :)


EDIT: for some reason it's stopped working...Hmm, looking for solution now

UPDATE 2: it only shows multiple instances if you have more than 1 windows for the same app open e.g. 3 tabs on IE...

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Oct 2010   #3
James Colbert


I don't know of one that does exactly what you mention (of course, that doesn't mean there isn't one...), but alt+ctrl+tab is close. It will lock the task switcher open on screen so that you can navigate through the windows with the right/left/down arrows.

Also, a few links:

Keyboard shortcuts
25 Cool Windows 7 Keyboard Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends

My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

This function is called Instant Viewer, and is included with many mouse drivers. I'll have a look later and see if I can put a shortcut on the TaskBar (no promises).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #5


Thanks for all your replies guys! Will be waiting for your response dwarf, hope you'll succeed with the shortcut... :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Sorry, but no luck with the shortcut.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #7


Damm, that's too bad to hear! Thanks for trying though... Is there anything I could try to do, search it somewhere or something?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #8


Allready found a solution on my own... Just wrote "instant viewer" in google, and found a great software called Switcher. Anyone interested can download it here
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Have a look at Switcher

Switcher for Windows Vista

Edit - Snap
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Hotkey for switching software (like 3D flip)?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Cannot install new software since switching back to Win 7 from 10
Hi All, My laptop is an ASUS Notebook K72J with an Intel i5 Core cpu, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I cannot install anything from the internet since I downgraded back to Windows 7 about two years ago. When I go to MS's website for updates, it goes through the process and I get an error message...
Switching drivers when switching users?
Hi guy's just wondering if it's possible to get windows 7 to switch audio drivers when you switch to another user account. For eg.. normal speakers device for my personal account and then have my multichannel device (profire 2626) set as default for my other user account 4 studio work. Atm,...
Found Free Tiny Software to Auto-Close Disk Drive using a Hotkey
As per in the title i've found a tiny soft which is very useful to Auto-Close Disk Drive with/without a Hotkey... So i planned to share that with u people... Three months back, i enquired abt these kind of software in this forum... Link: Hotkey CD Eject download and reviews from SnapFiles ...
how do i turn on flip 3d?? in vista it was alredy there but 7 i dont see icon on taskbar.
Flip 3D
Do I have to download this from the microsoft website, or it just isn't in the rc.
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:28.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App