The Windows Vista 3D Task Switcher

Windows Vista has a new look and it’s called AeroAuthentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. I believe all versions of Vista along with a pretty good display adapter have the capability to provide the new Aero look except the Home Basic edition.

Aero provides:

  • Translucent Window Frames
  • Smooth Animations
  • Thumbnail Previews of the Taskbar Window Buttons
  • Flip 3D Task Switcher

Below are some images of the Flip 3D Task Switcher in action. A cool feature that’s both practical and functional. Actually you forget it’s even there and don’t use it unless you make a concerted effort. I’d say it’s just more cool, pretty and fun to play with if anything. :)

Vista Flip 3D Task Switcher

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Below is another view but without the translucency.

Vista Flip 3D Task Switcher

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The Flip 3D Task Switcher is enabled by pressing the key combination – Windows Key and Tab. Holding this key combination down cycles through the window giving you a 3D circular motion. If you hold the Windows Key down then press and release the tab key it will cycle through each window one at a time.

Firefox Add-On

Talking about cool and fun to play with images, how about the Firefox add-on PicLens. This is one add-on you have to have. It allows you to turn the images you view in your browser into a full-screen 3D experience.

By downloading and installing the add-on to Firefox, you can browse to the following and view images on a 3D wall metaphor.

  • Flickr
  • Smugmug
  • DevianArt
  • Photobucket
  • Picasa
  • Facebook
  • Myspace
  • Bebo
  • Hi5
  • Friendster
  • Image Searches on Google, Yahoo, Ask, Live and AOL as well as a growing number of Media RSS-enabled web site.

PicLensBelow is a screen shot of PicLens at flickr. There is a tiny arrow in the lower left-hand corner of every image that you click on and you are presented with a whole wall of images to scroll through. It’s just plain cool and fun.



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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 external hard drive July 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

THE same can be achieved with the software that comes with top end logitech mice at the pres of only one button on the mouse .. absolutely indispensable tool for anyone needed a visual task switcher

2 Nada March 20, 2012 at 6:33 am

WinKey+Tab opens the Flip 3d task switcher, then use your mousewheel to scroll through the open programs while continuing to hold down WinKey+Tab.

WinKey+CTRL+Tab leaves the the Flip 3d task switcher open after you release the keys, handy for showing off Vista or just keeping an eye on things.

Alt+CTRL+Tab to leave the none 3D task switcher open

3 Bill March 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Nada » Thanks for those tips Nada.

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