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Switcher puts you in control of your windows. See all your windows on one screen, quickly search through them, even decorate them with your favorite colors and fonts. Let's get started!

Installing and running Switcher
Switching between windows

Installing and running Switcher

  1. Switcher requires Windows Vista and Aero. Click here to determine if you have Aero.
  2. Go to the Switcher home page.
  3. Click the Download Switcher link.
  4. When asked to run Run or Save, click Run.

    Running the Switcher installer

  5. Follow the installation instructions.
  6. When you're done, run Switcher from the Start menu.

    Starting Switcher

    After running Switcher for the first time, it will automatically start when you log on.

Switching between windows

  1. Once Switcher is running, make sure you have 2 or more windows open.
  2. Press Windows+~ to begin switching between windows.

    The ~ key is next to the Esc key. If you're using a non-US keyboard layout or find the ~ key difficult to press, see the Shortcuts section for information on changing this shortcut.

    You can also configure hot corners to switch between windows. See the Shortcuts section for more information.

  3. Use the arrow keys, Windows+~, Windows+Shift+~, or the mouse to navigate between the windows.
  4. Press Page Up and Page Down to switch between views. There are three available views:

    • Dock view Dock view places all windows except the active one to the side.
    • Grid view Grid view arranges the windows into a grid.
    • Tile view Tile view shrinks the windows until you can see all of them.
  5. Activate a window by clicking it, pressing Enter, or pressing the number that appears on the window.


Got a billion windows open? Here's how to find the window you need:

  1. Begin switching between windows.
  2. Start typing the text of the window you're trying to find. A search box will automatically appear, and the windows will move and hide themselves until only the ones matching your text appear.

    For example, if the window is titled Vacation Photographs, you can type either vacation or photo to find it.

    Search box


Switcher has many settings you can change to fit your needs.

  1. After running Switcher it'll place an icon in the taskbar:

    Switcher taskbar icon

  2. Double-click the icon to display Switcher settings.

    Switcher settings


My favorite color is blue. Others like brown or orange. Instead of trying to be all those colors, Switcher lets you choose.

  1. Open Switcher settings.
  2. Click the Window Style section.
  3. Adjust fonts, colors, sizes, and positions however you like. A preview is displayed on the side.

    Window style settings

  4. Remember to also change the appearance of selected windows using the Window state combo box at the top.


You can change all the keyboard and mouse shortcuts to what works best for you.

  1. Open Switcher settings.
  2. Click the Shortcuts section.
  3. Here you can directly change the keyboard and mouse shortcuts that begin Switcher.

    Shortcut settings

  4. To change other shortcuts, click Edit Shortcuts. The Switcher Shortcuts window will appear with a list of commands. Each command may be associated with several shortcuts.

    Shortcut settings

  5. Switcher supports three types of shortcuts: keyboard shorcuts, mouse shortcuts over the screen, and mouse shortcuts over windows. These are described in further detail below.

Keyboard shortcuts

These shorcuts are activated by pressing keys on your keyboard, for example Windows+~, Ctrl+F, or even the arrow keys.

Keyboard shortcuts have the following options:

Mouse over screen shortcuts

These shorcuts are activated for mouse activity on the screen.

Mouse over screen shortcuts have the following options:

Mouse over window shortcuts

These shortcuts are activated when the mouse touches a window or the background during a session.

Mouse over window shortcuts have the following options:

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