What is the Quickest Way to Switch Between Application Windows on a Computer?

December 21, 2023
David Sunnyside

Switching between application windows on a computer can be done by clicking the tabs on a taskbar or using hot keys. However, these methods are not the quickest way to manage multiple open windows, especially if you have a lot of applications running on your system. In this article, we’ll teach you how to quickly switch between all of the open program windows on your computer by using keyboard shortcuts.

For those who use a Mac, they have the advantage of two powerful features that facilitate window switching and organization: Expose and Mission Control. Those features give users a bird’s eye view of all open applications, allowing them to navigate easily between them. To activate either of these features, press Win + Tab (or the corresponding key combination on a keyboard without a trackpad).

On older versions of Windows and macOS, the fastest and most efficient method to switch between application windows is by pressing Alt+Tab. This will display an overlay screen with all of the open windows and tabs, allowing you to quickly find the one you need by clicking on the thumbnail image.

Our friends at NeoSmart recently released a free software tool called Easy Window Switcher that brings Mac-like window management to Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows. This app lets you quickly switch between all of the open windows within an application by using the keyboard shortcut Alt+ (Mac: Command+). The tool also shows previews for each open window, which can be helpful when working with complex or unfamiliar programs.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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