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Compiz Alternatives for Windows

Compiz is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is VistaSwitcher, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Compiz and 11 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Compiz are Nimi Visuals, WindowFX, SwitchBlade and CubeDesktop NXT.

Compiz alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be File Managers or Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Compiz.
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  1. VistaSwitcher icon

    VistaSwitcher

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.5, released in May 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  2. Nimi Visuals icon

    Nimi Visuals

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Adds eye-candy effects to windows (and start menu) like deformations (e.g: jelly windows - that makes moved window wiggle like being made from jelly; or fold - which hides windows by folding up horizontally, and unfolds when showing), physics (e.g.

    Discontinued

    It says that it has automatically stopped production.

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  3. WindowFX icon

    WindowFX

    • Windows

    Revolutionize your operating system with WindowFX. Utilize an unprecedented number of special effects for your windows and maximize your computing experience.

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  4. SwitchBlade icon

    SwitchBlade

    • Windows

    SwitchBlade allows for quick window switching using a configurable hotkey and an intuitive search interface.

    Quick and easy searching.
  5. CubeDesktop NXT icon

    CubeDesktop NXT

    • Windows

    CubeDesktop NXT provides you up to 16 workspaces, each with its own wallpaper and set of icons, allowing you to quickly and easily switch between them using a live and interactive 3D environment.

    3D Cube


  6. SmartTab icon

    SmartTab

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SmartTab, the better Alt-Tab (a Windows Alt-Tab Dialog replacement).

    Discontinued

    Work only on XP, last update was in 2006. See http://smarttab.org/download.php

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  7. Shock Aero 3D icon

    Shock Aero 3D

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Have you seen the cool and nice effects of Windows Aero in Windows Vista? One of those effects is a view of your open windows in a three-dimensional stack on your desktop, and using hot keys, you can flip through the open windows to quickly locate and select the window you want.

    Discontinued

    9 years since last update.. See http://www.docs.kr/entry/Download-Shock-Aero3D-en

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  8. Alt-Tab Thingy icon

    Alt-Tab Thingy

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    If you are not familiar with the Alt-Tab task switcher in Windows, its a keyboard short-cut (hot-key) to enable fast switching between applications/windows. This feature has been in Windows since Windows 3.0 and is largely unchanged since Windows 95!

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.0.4, released in September 2009, can be still downloaded from the mirrors provided.

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  9. Winflip icon

    Winflip

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    WinFlip emulates Windows Vistas "Flip 3D" effect for Windows XP. Using the hotkey of your choice, you can find the window youre looking for in a fast, clean 3D interface.

    WinFlip simulates Vista's "Flip 3D" effect with a hotkey
  10. Shock 4Way 3D icon

    Shock 4Way 3D

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    General purpose of this program is to use 4 simulating screens simultaneously. To switch into each screen, select one of 4 screens or use shortcut key.

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