Multi-tasking is both an important skill as well as a vital feature to utilize when using a computer. It is rare (and likely inefficient) for a typical knowledge worker to only utilize a single application at a time.
Even when giving a particular task or application your focus, there can be a need to reference or switch to other applications you might be using.
When it comes to multi-tasking in Windows you have a few options:
1. You can click the applications on your task bar to switch between your running applications:
2. You can press and hold the "Alt" key while pressing "Tab":
3. On Windows 10, you can press the "Windows" and "Tab" key together. You can also click the "task view" next to "start". If you are on a modern laptop, you can also slide three fingers up on your touch pad:
Using this method shows all of your applications at once as well as new features such as virtual desktops and your activity history.
If you aren't in the habit of using Win+Tab, give it a shot! Once you get used to using it you'll likely rarely use Alt+Tab again! Want to learn more? Check out this post that dives into using virtual desktops and Task View.
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