Monday, October 01, 2012

Windows 7: Create a Flip3D Launch Icon

In Windows Vista they created a more sophisticated version of the Alt+Tab feature and called it "Windows Flip", it supports live previews of the applications.

They also created a more enhanced version called Flip 3D that allows you flip through a stack of your open application windows?  To access it press the WinKey+TAB. (Note: Windows Aero user interface needs to be enabled to use Flip 3D).

You can create a taskbar icon to access the Flip 3D functionality, just follow the instructions below:
  • Right-click an empty area on the desktop and select New > Shortcut
  • In the "Type the location of the item" field, type RunDll32 DwmApi #105, press the Next button.
  • In the "Name" field, type Flip 3D, press the Finish button.
  • Right-click on the new shortcut and select Properties
  • Click the Shortcut tab, then click the Change Icon button
  • In the "Look for icons in this file" field, type or browse to c:\windows\explorer.exe
  • Select the Flip 3D icon (looks like a stack of windows) and click OK
  • Drag the new shortcut onto the taskbar and pin it there. 
Use the arrow keys to move through the application windows.

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