Windows Flip 3D, Instant Viewer, Productivity Tips

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

This page discusses the Flip 3D feature and Instant Viewer feature. Windows customization for power users. Tested in Windows Vista and Windows 7.

See All Your Windows in a Glance

Flip 3D

Press ❖ Window+Ctrl+Tab to go into Flip 3D. You get a preview of your windows and you can switch among them with scroll wheel or arrow keys.

Windows Flip 3D
Windows Flip 3D, 2009-06.

Instant Viewer

Press Alt+Ctrl+Tab to start Instant Viewer.

Windows instant view
Windows Instant View

Instant Viewer lets you see all your windows in a glance. This feature is available since 2002.

Instant Viewer is better than Flip 3D, because:

If you have a Microsoft or Logitech mouse, you can use the bundled software to set a mouse button to activate Flip 3D or Instant Viewer. Or, you can set a single keyboard key for it, using IntelliType or AutoHotkey .

Windows Auto Raise

Windows: Mouse Hover to Activate Window

Single Click to Open File

Windows: Single-click Open File

Show File Extensions and Full Path

For programers, you probably want to show file extensions and full path.

This is under Control Panel, Folder Options. In particular, un-check the “Hide extensions for known file types”, “Display the full path in the title bar”, “Show hidden files and folders”.

Secure Login

You can set you system to require pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete ⌦ to start the login screen. The advantage is that this prevent the possibility of some rogue program spoofing as the login screen and steal your password. For some detail, see: Secure attention key .

To set it up, press ❖ Window+r, then type “netplwiz” in command prompt to start the Advanced User Accounts control panel. Then, check the box “Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete”.