Use Ctrl+click to cycle through windows
If you're not using Aero, you don't get thumbnail previews and you can't use Aero Peek to view full-size windows or tabs before you switch to them. However, if you hold down the Ctrl key while you click a taskbar button that represents a group of windows, you'll see each window in turn . Release the Ctrl key when you see the one you want.
The first 10 taskbar buttons are accessible by keyboard as well as mouse. Press Windows logo key+1 for the first, Windows logo key+2 for the second, and so on (using 0 for the tenth) . Using one of these shortcuts is equivalent to clicking the corresponding taskbar button: if its program isn't running, it starts; if it has a single open window, you switch to that window; if it has multiple open windows, Windows displays previews of all windows and a "peek" view of the first window.
Note that you can move taskbar buttons, which therefore determines the key number that opens a particular icon . To move a taskbar button, simply drag it to the desired location
Another useful shortcut key is Windows logo key+T, which brings focus to the first item on the taskbar, as indicated by a faint glow at the bottom of that taskbar button. At that point, you can repeatedly press Windows logo key+T, Shift+Windows logo key+T, or the arrow keys to select other taskbar buttons . When a taskbar button is selected, you can press Spacebar to "click" the button, press the Menu key to display its Jump List, or press Shift+F10 to display its context menu .
As you use Windows 7, you'll notice other enhancements to the taskbar. Some taskbar previews do more than simply show a thumbnail image of the window; for example, the preview for Windows Media Player includes basic player controls (previous, pause/play, and next). And with some taskbar buttons, you don't even need to display a preview to know what's going on with the program; windows or dialog boxes that show a progress bar, for example, indicate their progress with a colored background in the taskbar button itself.
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