A great post on the Windows 7 Engineering blog
about Managing windows in windows 7 got me thinking again on window management
I tend to work on several different tasks, each with their own windows. Usually this is a web development task, a web research task, maybe an email / administration task and a file management task. For example the webdevelopment task can consist of Dreamweaver, beyond compare, several browsers, remote desktop, visual studio.
That's 6 windows for one task, and then with 4 tasks this can easily get to 15+ windows.
The taskbar, systemtray, alt-tab etc don't work very well in this scenario. Instead of using virtual desktops which are never very well implemented in my opinion, I was thinking about creating window groups ala RTS games:
* Define a group by selecting multiple windows on the taskbar, then ctrl-<number> them
* ctrl-numbering with no windows selected should remove the group.
* Switch to a group by pressing windowkey-number (unfortunately number only will conflict, although windows+number is also the hotkey for quick launch icons bah) - this should minimize or hide (?) the other groups.
* add the current window to a group by activating it and pressing shift-number
* remove the current window from a group by activating it and pressing alt-number
Would this be worth pursueing?