Much has been mentioned about the new graphic enhancements with Vista’s Aero.
|Transparent Glass – An example of this is in the following graphic.
|This is a screenshot of Word2003. Notice how the clock is in focus above the toolbar. With Aero Glass, the toolbar is slightly transparent and objects behind are a little out of focus.
|While this may be nice to look at, where I really find Aero useful is in switching between applications.
There are some new ways to do this and I will show the differences.
Switching Applications from the TaskBar
|The first is if you hover the mouse over an application in the taskbar.
|It will show not only the name of the application but the open document as well.
Alt-Tab Application Switching
|The next way to switch is the traditional Alt-Tab method.
|The difference with Aero is that it shows the application name in the title. If a program has a document open, it will show that name as well. This is useful if you have multiple files open in a program. You can easily open to the exact one you want.
|You can keep pressing the tab key until you get to the application you want.
|A slightly quicker way is to use the mouse to select the application you want
|The last new way to switch between applications is with the 3D switching.
|While holding down the Windows key, press the tab key to get a 3D stack.
|You will see a stacked series of smaller windows of your running programs, each with the view of the application.
|Continuing to hold down the Windows key while you press the tab key, brings the next window to the front.
|When you have the window you want, release the keys and that application and file will then be the one you can work on.
|Alternatively you can simply click on the window you want to open. This is much faster since you don’t have to spend the time to cycle through the windows.
|You can also use the tab arrow keys or wheel mouse to scroll through pages
|In the following example, first is Word, then Front Page. then the Desktop, then Outlook
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