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Switching Programs

You’ll probably have multiple programs running simultaneously so that you can juggle, say, a word processor, email program, and web browser. You have several techniques for switching programs.

To switch among running programs

  • If the program’s window is visible in the background, click it. (But click an empty area, not a button or menu, lest you activate it accidentally.)

    or

    Click the program’s taskbar button. (The darkest button indicates the active program.)

    or

    Hold down Alt, press Tab repeatedly until the desired program is highlighted in the pop-up window, and then release both keys (Figure 6.12).

    Figure 6.12. Alt+tabbing pops up a small list of icons representing running programs. Hold down Alt and press Tab repeatedly to highlight a program. If you press and release Alt+Tab quickly, you swap between only two programs instead of cycling through them all.


    or

    Hold down Alt, press Esc repeatedly until the desired program appears, and then release both keys.


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