Re: A convenient alternative to Alt Tab

  • From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 17:13:39 -0700

Hi Jim,

I don't care to use the left Windows key. Believe me, I know a Windows key 
is a Windows key. Second, I can't guess why you recommend continuing to 
press Windows Tab once on the Task bar icons. A simple press of the arrow 
keys will suffice. Or, I suppose, the tab key probably works, too. As for 
how to activate an icon, so I said hit Enter. if it works to hit space bar, 
also, fine.

Many thanks.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Grimsby Jr." <jimgrims@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 4:49 PM
Subject: RE: A convenient alternative to Alt Tab


First yard bird it does not have to be the right windows the left windows
will work as well.  Plus press windows tab each time while in the task bar
to cycle threw running aps.  When you find the one you want press the space
bar.hth

-----Original Message-----
From: jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:jfw-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Yardbird
Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2007 3:33 PM
To: JFW List
Subject: A convenient alternative to Alt Tab


I just accidentally discovered a very convenient Windows keyboard way to
circulate among your running applications besides Alt-tabbing from one to
the other. Not that I mind doing that so terribly, but this is pretty slick:

Just press Windows key plus tab. That's the right Windows key, of course.
What this does is land you immediately in your task bar, which is where a
sighted user would be clicking on the icons that represent open
applications.

Now, I know I can get to the Task Bar by going to the Desktop with Windows M

or Windows D, and then tabbing around from Desktop to start menu to system
tray and so forth until I land in the Task Bar. But when I thought that was
my only alternative to repeatedly pressing alt tab, I passed on it.

But with this, you just press right Windows key plus tab, and you're on the
first icon in your Task Bar representing one of your open apps. From there,
if you don't want to click on and restore that one, you just go back and
forth with your arrow keys until you find the icon you do want to restore,
and there you go.

I know, this is 1. off topic, except that you wouldn't have to explore and
discover such things if you didn't use a screen reader, of course and, 2.
everybody probably knows it, already, and my blundering into it when I'd
meant to press alt tab makes me the last one to know.

In any case, if this is helpful to someone, great. Just sharing, as we say.

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