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    Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    I am looking for faster ways to navigate around my system, so naturally I am trying to replace the use of the mouse with keyboard shortcuts. One thing I have not been able to figure out, though, is how to replace clicking on the various programs on the taskbar without having to navigate there with the mouse.

    I am already aware of the alt + tab function, but since I usually have so many files open (e.g., 5 Word documents, 5 internet explorer windows, 5 outlook files, etc.), it takes me a long time to look through them all and then get to the right one. What is fastest right now is clicking on the appropriate program on the taskbar (see image 1) (e.g., Internet Explorer), which causes a window to appear with the names of all of the files that are currently open (see image 2 in my next message), and then pressing the first letter of the name of the file I am trying to open, causing the file to become the active one on the screen.

    But what I am trying to do is to replace the first step of navigating to and clicking on the program on the taskbar. Is there a keyboard shortcut that allows you to switch between all of the programs currently open that appear on the taskbar, causing each one to open up a list of the files open within each program (as in image 2 below)?

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    This is image 2, which reflects what happens when I click on a program on the taskbar.

    Any way to replace clicking with a keyboard shortcut?
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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    Ctrl+Esc will activate the Start button.
    Pressing Tab once or twice (depending on your setup) should activate the first taskbar button.
    The left and right arrow keys will then activate the other taskbar buttons.
    If there is a list of files, press the up arrow to pop up the list, then the up and down arrow keys to select an item in the list.
    Press Enter to switch to the selected item.
    Press Alt if you want to hide the popup list without activating an item.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    <hr>I am already aware of the alt + tab function, but since I usually have so many files open ..."<hr>
    Hey..... you are using VISTA and thus the "alt + tab" feature is passť. There is a new kid on the block which just may be something you would appreciate. It's called "Flip3D".

    See here: Using Windows Flip 3D
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    here: Explore the features: Windows Flip and Flip 3D

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    Dear Hans,

    I get to the point where I open the start menu, but at that point, when I press tab, it just highlights various buttons within the start menu, rotating between my user name, the sleep button, the first program listed in the start menu, the "All Programs" button, and the "Start Search" field. If I press tab again, it goes back to my user name and continues the cycle.

    Is it thus different on Vista 64-bit?

    Jeff, I saw that 3D function and while it certainly looks impressive, I have the same issue as I do with alt-tab, it takes so much time to flip between the many windows I have open to find what I am looking for. If I was working with only 2-3 files, I would certainly use it.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    I'm still using Windows XP, and I had assumed that Ctrl+Esc then Tab would work more or less the same in Windows Vista. Apparently I'm mistaken. Sorry about that. I'll leave it to Vista users to assist you further.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    Try ALT+ESC. See Windows Vista Help: Keyboard shortcuts for more details.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    Windows logo + t appears to work, although that's a difficult maneuver for one hand.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    Here is a tip for 'faster ways to navigate', specifically in Office 2007, but since it involves the mouse it may be of little interest to you. In an Office application you can swiftly flip through the tabs on the ribbon by moving the mouse wheel, assuming you have one.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Vista 64-bit)

    But Windows key + "Tab" key is NOT!

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