If you like or need to have a lot of windows open on your desktop you can easily navigate through these windows using Windows Flip 3D. It helps you to easily organize your open windows and programs to locate the one you need. This is one of the options of Microsoft's Aero interface. Flip 3D was introduced first in Windows Vista and is a replacement for the Alt+Tab way of cycling through all open files and applications.Some people argue that Flip 3D is actually a slower method than the old version of Alt+Tabbing your way through the open windows. A lot of this comes down to personal preference and the hardware that you are running. Just because you meet the hardware specifications enough to be able to enable Windows Aero does not mean that you are running the Aero experience the way that the developers intended.
Switching Windows Using Flip 3D
Note* To be able to use Windows Flip 3D you must have Aero enabled.1. Press Ctrl+Windows logo key +Tab. This will move the windows into a 3D stack as shown above.2. Press Tab to move through the windows. Pressing the Right Arrow or Down Arrow will advance one window, or press Left Arrow or Up Arrow to go back one window.3. Clicking on a window in the stack will display that particular window, or click outside the stack to close Windows Flip 3D without switching windows. Rotating the wheel of your mouse will cycle the open windows quickly.An alternative way to cycle through the open windows is to press the Windows logo key.
Adding A Windows Flip 3D Shortcut To Your Desktop
1.) Right click on any empty area of the desktop and then click on New and Shortcut.2.) Type C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe DwmApi #105 into the location field then click on the Next button.3.) Type Flipping Windowsfor the name, and click on the Finish button. At this point you can name this shortcut anything you would like that identifies the Flip 3D program for you.4.) Right click on the new Flipping Windows shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties.5.) Click on the Change Icon button. Make sure that this on the shortcut tab. The tabs are located at the top of the small window you opened.6.) In the line under Look for icons in this file, type %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll and press Enter. 7.) Select the Windows Flip 3D icon or any other icon that you would like to designate for this operation and click on OK.8.) Click on OK.9.) Move the shortcut to where you like to keep it.Personally I do like the application as I think that it helps to keep a visual handle on all the windows that I have open. Using the Alt+Tab method only shows one window at a time and depending how many windows are open can get confusing. Plus you get a real time preview of open windows in Windows Flip 3D.Windows Flip 3D by PC Apprentice 2009 - 2017Microsoft: "You've got questions. We've got dancing paperclips." - Unknown