Laptops For Dummies, 6th Edition
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You don’t have to close a computer program to open or switch to another application. You can use the Alt+Tab key to cycle between the programs. You can see all open programs by looking at the Windows 7 taskbar. Just click any running program on the taskbar to display that window and make it the active program. To switch between open programs on your computer:
  1. Open two or more programs.

    The last program that you open is the active program.

  2. Press Alt+Tab.

    You move from one open application window to another.

  3. Press and hold Alt+Tab.

    A small box reveals all opened programs.

  4. Release the Tab key but keep Alt pressed down; press Tab until you reach the program you want.

    Each time you press tab, you cycle through the icons representing open programs.

  5. Release the Alt key.

    Windows 7 switches to whichever program is selected.

  6. To switch back to the last program that was active, simply press Alt+Tab.

    That program becomes the active program once again.

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Dan Gookin has been an author, editor, ghostwriter, and a public official. He's written more than a dozen Dummies books on technology, with a special focus on PCs, the Android operating system, and Microsoft products. And in 1991, he was the author of the very first Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, which started the whole enterprise.

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