Switch Active Windows with the Keyboard on Windows 7
Edited by Lukward Thomason, Robert, Eng
Hi, welcome to VisiHow. Today I'm going to teach you how to easily browse through Windows 7 using your keyboard.
There are two main shortcuts of browsing through Windows, but before we demonstrate them lets open several Windows first. In this example, I will open 'My Computer' and open a folder named 'VisiHow'. I will also open 'My Computer' in a new window. We now have three main Windows: 'My Computer', 'VisiHow', and 'Desktop'. There is also Camtasia Studio running in this example.
One way to browse through the Windows using the keyboard is to press and hold the Alt key, and then press TAB. You will see that the new section in the middle of the screen will open. In the section, the window we are currently on is highlighted.
If we keep holding the Alt key and press TAB again, we will be transferred to the next window.
To return to the previous window, keep holding Alt and then simultaneously hold SHIFT and press TAB. Once we've found the folder that we're looking for, release the buttons and we will be brought to that window.
Another fancier way to do this is to press and hold the 'Start menu' button on your keyboard and then press TAB. This will open a better-visualized version of the multiple Windows we currently have open.
If you press TAB again, the next window will be shown as the first window available
To go to the previous window, we will continue to hold the 'Start menu' button, but also press and hold SHIFT and press TAB. This will reverse the list backward.
Once we've found the window that we're looking for, release the buttons and we will be brought to that window.
This concludes our tutorial on how to browse Windows easily using the keyboard on Windows 7. If you have any comments or questions please enter them in the section below. Thank you for using VisiHow.
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Recent edits by: Robert, Lukward Thomason