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Author Topic: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch  (Read 8920 times)

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IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« on: April 21, 2006, 10:54:47 AM »
I would like a program that works like FARR (my greatest find in a long time) except it would be for task switching. It would have a hot key that would open a window with all running tasks listed and a number beside each one.  Pressing the number would change to that window.  Using the AltTab is frustrating to me because I usually have lots of windows open at a time and I often go past the one I want and have to cycle through all over again.

Maybe such a program already exists and I haven't found it.  I've searched for such a program and found several that are almost, but not quite what I would like.  Lots of them show little icons, but have no numbers.  I found one that used Function keys to choose a window but you had to use a Function key to open it and that key was disabled in all other programs; not good.

Any help would be appreciated.
« Last Edit: April 22, 2006, 03:13:50 AM by brotherS »

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Re: Better XP AltTab Task Switch
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006, 11:20:18 AM »
welcome to the site redcat71!  :Thmbsup:

im looking forward to seeing if anyone knows any,
but one of the ideas for farr v2 is to add this functionality to farr, which is a nice idea.
the general idea is that you might be able to perform operations on running apps, including "switchto" and "kill"

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Re: Better XP AltTab Task Switch
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006, 12:02:15 PM »
I often go past the one I want and have to cycle through all over again.

Note Alt+Shift+Tab moves backward through the list.  (Even so, I too usually cycle through again :-[)

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Re: Better XP AltTab Task Switch
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006, 01:22:05 PM »

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Re: Better XP AltTab Task Switch
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006, 01:42:08 PM »
Welcome, RedCat71!

I often go past the one I want and have to cycle through all over again.

Note Alt+Shift+Tab moves backward through the list.
Yes, Shift always works as the 'additional qualifier'. I use it all day long, not only with Alt+TAB but also with just TAB or Pos1/Home or End. Very helpful!

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(Even so, I too usually cycle through again :-[)
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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2006, 05:48:04 AM »
I would like a program that works like FARR (my greatest find in a long time) except it would be for task switching. It would have a hot key that would open a window with all running tasks listed and a number beside each one.  Pressing the number would change to that window.  Using the AltTab is frustrating to me because I usually have lots of windows open at a time and I often go past the one I want and have to cycle through all over again.

XDESK ( http://xdesksoftware.com/ ) has a few task-switching and window-managing extensions - including a better ALT+TAB (SHIFT also goes back BUT you also have the key above TAB to do that - MUCH EASIER, CTRL shows some extra windows, also there is a QuickView and a TileView !!!

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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2006, 10:35:28 AM »
Yes, I've tried TaskswitchXP and it wasn't quite what I was looking for.  I don't remember the exact reason because I tried several in a short period and I don't remember the specifics of each one.

It would be great to have something added to FARR v2. 

I'll look at Xdesk.  Thanks.

This is the first time I've ever posted to a forum and I need to figure out how to have quotes in my replies.  I'll need to spend some time learning this stuff.   :tellme:

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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2006, 08:31:15 PM »
try this alternative Alt-Tab replacement, coded in Autohotkey.

ss-AltTab.jpg

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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2006, 04:10:46 AM »
try this alternative Alt-Tab replacement, coded in Autohotkey.
Amazing, fantastic, unbelieveble, and i lack more adjectives. You rule,man! Thanks! :D

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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2006, 08:24:42 PM »
Amazing, fantastic, unbelieveble, and i lack more adjectives. You rule,man! Thanks! :D
aye, catch some more cool scripts from the folks at ahk forums...
i'm beginning to sound like brotherS. ;)


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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2006, 01:51:08 AM »
i'm beginning to sound like brotherS. ;)
;D

You just discovered what's great! :Thmbsup:

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Re: IDEA: better XP Alt+Tab Task Switch
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2006, 07:54:04 AM »
I put these bindings in my .ahk script:
LAlt & WheelDown::AltTab
LAlt & WheelUp::ShiftAltTab
I've been using them so much, I'd forgotten that they weren't part of the Windows shell!   ;D