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How to setup click on taskbar icon to cycle thru windows?

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    How to setup click on taskbar icon to cycle thru windows?


    Hi,

    I have a laptop that was previously running Win 7 Ultimate x64 andI upgraded that to Win 8 Pro x64 quite some time back. On this laptop, when I have several windows open for an app on my task bar, when I repeatedly left-click on the task bar icon, it cycles through the app's windows. That is, as I click, the app window will show up in the foreground and the next click will show the app's next window, etc.

    Now I have a new laptop, with Win 8 Pro x64 pre-installed and I no longer have the cycle-through feature. When I click on an app that has multiple windows, all it does is show me the preview windows down by the taskbar.

    I searched and searched and could not find where such an option exists for me to enable that feature to cycle through when I click and I couldn't find anything. Nor was I able to find any posts on the matter.

    Does anyone know how I can enable this feature on my new laptop so that both are functioning the same?

    Thanks!

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    Would this help ?
    "Window Switcher" Shortcut - Create in Windows 8[1]=Shortcuts
    Last edited by topgundcp; 01 Mar 2013 at 09:02.
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  3. #3


    Hi,

    Thanks, but no it doesn't.

    You see, on my other laptop (the one that originally had Win 7 Ultimate x64), I don't have any special taskbar software installed. On that PC, when I have, for example, 3 Notepad windows open, when I click on the Notepad icon in my Taskbar, Windows just automatically cycles through the Notepad windows, bringing them into foreground focus.

    But on my new PC, if I have 3 Notepad windows open, when I click on the Notepad icon in my Taskbar, all that happens is that Windows displays the 3 mini/preview windows above the icon in the Taskbar.

    Again, I don't recall doing anything to enable the cycle-through functionality on my old laptop.

    What happens on your PC? Try it with Notepad: Add Notepad to your Taskbar, open 3 Notepad sessions, then repeatedly click on the Notepad icon in your Taskbar. What happens?
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    alt-tab?


    That being said, it should pop-up a preview of all of the tabs, and you should be able to hover over each preview to show that window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    alt-tab?
    1) Alt-tab operates on all open windows for all apps;
    2) Alt-tab cycles through mini-displays of those windows and once you release the alt-tab, the window that it was on last is the one that comes to the foreground;
    3) That's not the way my old laptop that was upgraded from Win 7 to Win 8 works. As stated, as you click on the icon in the Taskbar, each window of the app--and only that app--is cycled through and brought to the foreground. For example, assuming that I'm only running Notepad and Paint. Notepad has 3 open windows and Paint has 5. When I click on the Notepad icon in my Taskbar, Windows displays Notepad's first window in the foreground. When I click on it again, the second Notepad window is displayed in the foreground. When I click on it again, the third Notepad window is displayed in the foreground. When I click on it again, the FIRST Notepad window is brought to the foreground; etc.

    I'm just looking to have the functionality I described in #3 above in my new Windows 8 Pro pre-installed laptop. I don't know what I did (if anything) in my old laptop to get that functionality, but I like it and I want it in my new laptop.

    Thanks.
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    Their closest I can come to that is rest the mouse over the notepad icon.
    When the three images pop out, slide the mouse over each image to see a full size image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Their closest I can come to that is rest the mouse over the notepad icon.
    When the three images pop out, slide the mouse over each image to see a full size image.
    My query isn't how to bring the windows to the foreground, but how do I make the new laptop function like the old one, where all I have to do is repeatedly click on the taskbar icon?Thanks!
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    I don't think you can.
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    Unless I have a special Windows 8 "bug" or something on my old laptop, then whatever Windows 8 UI functionality it has should also exist on my new laptop. Like I stated previously, the important difference is that the old was upgraded from Windows 7.

    But I'm still curious...when you do it...e.g., put Notepad on your Taskbar and then open 3 windows and click the Notepad Taskbar icon multiple times, what happens?
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    7 Taskbar Tweaker has an option for that: in the "Left click on combined item" select "Cycle through windows".

    I don't know how well it works because I don't use grouping or combining. But what you describe sounds exactly what this option does.
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