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Use Aero Peek to Quickly Switch Between Open Applications

A Windows 7 Productivity Tip


Aero Peek Windows 7

When you place your cursor over an application icon on the taskbar you will see a preview of open applications and windows. In the case above you see that there are two open spreadsheets in Excel.

How many times do you flip through open applications to find the spreadsheet, document, or website you were working on? Usually, you'll click open applications on the Taskbar until you find what you are looking for. Or, if you are a little more advanced, you use the Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut to quickly flip through open applications, however doing that can be time consuming and inefficient.

Easier Way to Switch Between Applications

In Windows 7, a new feature called Aero Peek allows you to quickly take a glance at open applications without a single click. To use this feature follow the instructions below.

  1. Place your cursor over the open application icon on the taskbar. You will notice that a small preview of each open window will appear; even multiple tabs in Internet Explorer are displayed individually.
  2. When you find the application you wish to use, simply click on the preview and the window will appear.

Clicking on the application preview will bring the selected application window to the front so that you can begin using the program.

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