How do I Move Windows Between Multiple Screens Without Minimizing Them?

by Veronica Maier

Navigating around the computer desktop can seem like a maze with multiple windows open. Minimizing every single window to simply get to the desktop can take precious time you would like to spend working or relaxing. After all, every minute adds up. To switch between windows, you don't have to go through the trouble of minimizing. Instead, there are a series of keyboard shortcuts that allow you to switch between all open windows quickly and without even touching the mouse.

Windows

Press and hold "Alt" and "Tab." This will bring up a small window with all open programs.

While holding "Alt," press "Tab" repeatedly until you reach the program window you would like to switch to. Pressing "Tab" once will open the window to the first program to the right.

Let go of both "Alt" and Tab." Letting go of both keys will open the window you selected. If you selected the wrong window, or would like to switch back, press and hold "Alt" and "Tab" again.

Mac

Press and hold "Command" and "Tab." The command key has a small apple logo on it. It is used in many keyboard shortcuts in place of "Ctl" or "Alt."

While still holding "Command," press "Tab" repeatedly until you reach the program window you would like to switch to. Pressing "Tab" once will open the window to the first program to the right, etc.

Let go of both "Command" and Tab." Letting go of both keys will open the window you selected. If you selected the wrong window, or would like to switch back, press and hold "Command" and "Tab" again.

About the Author

Veronica Maier has been an active online writer since 2010. She has been a contributing writer to eHow and Answerbag. Maier holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history and visual culture with an emphasis on the American modern from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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