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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Make the Vista Alt+TAB more like the Mac task switcher

I was really excited to here about Flip 3D but was a bit disappointed when I actually saw it. The previews are big, and they are live which is great, but they are all on top of each other and only use one monitor -- not great. I wanted something a bit like when you press F10 on a Mac.

The closest I have managed to get is some registry tweaks to make Alt+TAB behave a bit like I want, here is what I have come up with:

REGEDIT4 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AltTab] "OverlayIconPx"=dword:00000064 "OverlayIconDXPx"=dword:00000000 "OverlayIconDYPx"=dword:00000000 "ThumbSpacingXPx"=dword:00000014 "ThumbSpacingYPx"=dword:00000014 "SideMarginPx"=dword:0a000000 "BottomMarginPx"=dword:00000064 "MinThumbSizePcent"=dword:00000064 "MinWidthPx"=dword:0000015e "TopMarginPx"=dword:00000258 "MaxThumbSizePx"=dword:000007d0 "MaxIconSizePx"=dword:0000015e "TextBottomPx"=dword:000001f4

It is not great, the way it spans monitors could be more tidy, if the tops of the monitors are not aligned some of the live previews go off screen and the previews could be bigger. However it is, in my opinion, better than the default Alt+TAB behaviour.

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  • Thanks VERY MUCH!!! Now I can actually see the thumbnails :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 6:46 am  

  • How about changing the value of 7 per line so that you can make the thumbnails 1/4 of the width of the screen?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 8:42 pm  

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