Switcher Alternatives

    Switcher is described as 'One of my favorite features in Mac OS is Expose, a built-in app that makes it easy to navigate through open windows and programs. In Windows Vista, the built-in Aero application switcher tries to approximate this function but doesnt do a good job' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Switcher for Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and Xfce. The best alternative is Preme for Windows, which is free. Other great apps like Switcher are Hyperswitch (Free), Witch (Paid), VistaSwitcher (Free) and Mission Control (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 2021

    1. GiMeSpace Desktop Extenders are scrolling virtual desktop managers and the only virtual desktop/window managers that give you seamless unlimited desktop space. New since version 2 is that you can now also resize your windows without any limitations.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      SmartTab, the better Alt-Tab (a Windows Alt-Tab Dialog replacement). Features: All windows with small icons & full title at a glance.

      Discontinued

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

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      • Windows
      TopDesk radically reduces the time you spend switching between tasks by giving you the ability to quickly find the window you want from a thumbnail view.
      • 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.
      • 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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    2. 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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    3. SuperSwitcher is a (more feature-ful) replacement for the Alt-Tab window switching behavior and Ctrl-Alt-Left/Right/Up/Down workspace switching behavior that is currently provided by Metacity.
      • Windows
      The ultimate desktop organizer. DeskPose NXT helps you to find your applications fast, organize your desktop and become more productive. Too many open windows? Stop findind! Start Exposing!
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    4. Sawfish is an extensible window manager using a Lisp-based scripting language. Its policy is very minimal compared to most window managers. Its aim is simply to manage windows in the most flexible and attractive manner possible.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • BSD
      A light-weight, Exposé-like window switcher for X (feat. OpenGL).
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