Switch be­tween open win­dows of the same app

Ian Paul re­veals a handy third-party that al­lows you to move be­tween open win­dows of the same app

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Switch­ing be­tween mul­ti­ple open win­dows of the same pro­gram is a prob­lem we try to solve in sev­eral ways. Some­times you have ap­pli­ca­tions that use tabs to view mul­ti­ple files in one win­dow. For those that don’t, users of­ten turn to Win­dows’ Snap func­tion or mul­ti­ple mon­i­tors.

This tip uses a dif­fer­ent so­lu­tion by im­port­ing a long­time key­board short­cut from the Mac, Alt + ` (back tick). (The Mac ver­sion uses Cmd in­stead of Alt.) This sim­ple key­board short­cut, which you can eas­ily hit with the same hand, au­to­mat­i­cally switches be­tween mul­ti­ple win­dows in the same pro­gram.

You can ac­com­plish some­thing sim­i­lar with Win­dows’ triedand-true Alt + Tab, but that short­cut switches be­tween ev­ery open win­dow on your desk­top.

There are sev­eral pro­grams that of­fer the back tick so­lu­tion, but one is rel­a­tively new: Easy Win­dows Switcher from NeoS­mart Tech­nolo­gies (tinyurl.com/lfLamyL). It’s a sim­ple, be­hind-the-scenes pro­gram that’s only pur­pose is to let you hit Alt + ` to switch be­tween win­dows from the same desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion.

To in­stall it, head over to the com­pany’s site (link above) and down­load the EXE file. The site asks for your name and email be­fore down­load­ing, but hand­ing that in­for­ma­tion over is not a re­quire­ment. Just hit the Down­load but­ton and you’ll be ready to go. Now click on the EXE file, and a prop­er­ties win­dow will open ask­ing if you want to run Easy Win­dows Switcher for the cur­rent user ses­sion or to al­ways have it run for the cur­rent user ac­count. Choose which­ever you pre­fer and that’s it. Open a pro­gram, hit Alt + ` and you’ll be switch­ing be­tween open win­dows in no time.

If Easy Win­dows Switcher isn’t for you, there’s also Vis­taSwitcher, a pro­gram we haven’t looked at since 2009 (it still works), but of­fers the back tick short­cut among other fea­tures.

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