Windows built-in Alt+Tab feature helps to switch between running/background applications, folders, files, etc., without using the mouse. It also lets you see the thumbnails of any of those applications so that you can select the right application/window. However, you can’t resize the thumbnail preview and it ain’t so helpful when a lot of applications are opened. If you wish to see a large preview of any of those background applications/windows, then a free Alt+Tab replacer software can come in handy. This software is named as “Alt-Tab Terminator“. When you use Alt+Tab hotkey, it displays titles of the opened applications in a left sidebar and selecting a particular title shows a larger preview of the program/window/application associated with it. It makes finding the right window very easy and convenient.
This Alt+Tab replacer software also lets you change the size of preview mode. Apart from that, you can even switch to compact mode of this software. The compact mode doesn’t show the titles of running programs. Only icons of those programs are visible and you can select an icon to see the preview of that application. If you don’t want to replace Windows built-in Alt+Tab feature, then you also do that easily. Moreover, there is an option to set a custom hotkey to use this software. Thus, you are able to take benefit of Windows native Alt+Tab feature as well as this software.
In the screenshot above, you can see the interface of this Alt+Tab replacer software where it displays the list of running programs and a large preview of selected program. In the preview mode, an application can also be closed or terminated using the available options. Pretty good features are present in this software which I like a lot. Alt-Tab Terminator is an improved successor of VistaSwitcher and TaskSwitchXP and is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 10.
How To Use This Free Alt+Tab Replacer Software?
Step 1: Get the software from the link given at the end of this tutorial. After installing and running, you can see this software in the system tray. Now press Alt+Tab hotkey to preview running or opened applications or simply assign your own user-defined hotkey from the settings menu of the software. You can also click the system tray icon of this software to open Alt+Tab mode of this software.
Step 2: When Alt+Tab mode is activated, you will see a list of all applications running on your PC. You can select an application from the list and its preview is visible in large size.
Step 3: You can also customize your experience by adjusting some options. Click on the menu button available on the top left corner of this software interface and the options will be visible to you. You can:
- Switch between compact view mode and the default view mode to preview running applications.
- Show large icons of running programs.
- Change the size of preview mode.
- Replace Alt+Tab preview mode of Windows with this software interface, etc.
Set these options and then the software will be there to help you.
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Alt-Tab Terminator is a wonderful software which provides an interesting alternative to Alt+Tab mode of Windows. The best part is you can also change the size of preview mode, replace or keep Windows native Alt+Tab feature, and choose a custom hotkey to use this software. I really like this Alt+Tab replacer software. So I can recommend it easily.