In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes a way to quickly switch between running programs (Microsoft Windows) ...
Tame your computer - swift switching
To switch between running programs, you can click a program's button on the taskbar. However, did you know you can use a key combination to rapidly switch between active applications running on the system?
1. Press ALT + TAB to bring up a small window in the middle of your screen showing the icons of all the applications that are currently running.
2. Keep your finger on the ALT key and continue to press the TAB key, until you reach your desired application. Pressing SHIFT + ALT + TAB cycles the other way, in case you missed the application you wanted.
3. Release the ALT key.
You can also switch between the last open program or document by pressing ALT + TAB.
28 June 2007