When I see people using the default, crappy Windows ALT+TAB task switching behavior, I experience physical pain.
TaskSwitchXP is completely free and so much better. It's super small, totally elegant, lightning fast, and generally a massive improvement in task switching functionality. Friends don't let friends suffer through the default Windows ALT+TAB. If I was forced to run only one Windows enhancement on my machine, this would be my choice.
Since this is a static screenshot, I have to explain a few things.
- you can use your mouse to switch to any active task
- as you hover over the tasks, the screenshot preview changes.
- the mousewheel and arrow keys cycle through the tasks
TaskSwitchXP works flawlessly with the default install options, but there are a bunch of advanced tweaks, keyboard shortcuts, and an extensive configuration interface that you might want to explore. I highly recommend reading through the quick start guide.
Note that Windows Vista has two new ALT+TAB behaviors as of this writing, and one of them is a simple set of scrolling screenshots, somewhat similar to what TaskSwitchXP already offers.
* Extreme as in Extreme Ironing. EXTREME!!