Using VistaSwitcher on Windows with multiple screens to get a better alt-tab experience.

At home I use Linux (Fedora 19 running Gnome3 presently), while at work I have to use Windows 7. I have two screens in both environments. On Linux, I use alt-tab to switch through running applications across two screens, which works very well for me and has basically become muscle memory. On Windows, this is horribly broken in comparison: even when I have an application maximized on both screens, alt-tab often results in one screen or another being minimized right back to the desktop, creating a horrible jarring experience.

I find this so distracting in fact that I have to remind myself not to alt-tab while working on Windows 7 and two screens.

After researching this problem I discovered VistaSwitcher, which is free to use and solves the minimize to desktop issue I described, while also providing a much more plesant and stable experience. Well worth a look it you find yourself in a Windows slum.

John Collins

I have been writing about web technology and software development since 2001. I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP, and the personal productivity app. I love open source, technology, and economics.

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