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Auto AltTab/Taskbar/Peek&Flip/NUMpad scrollWHEEL on 8.1/7/Vista/XP

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#1 Freddy2



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Posted 19 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

Hello again everyone! :)

First, this thread is actually about the same program (WinShake) as this thread is, but...
Because it gained so many functions since its first appearance, functions that can be of use for everyone, even those using Windows 7 or 8/8.1, I thought I'd make a thread especially for these new additions.
But for those who are already familiar with WinShake's latest editions on 7 or 8.1, there is nothing new for you here. For all others, please continue reading!...


First of all, of course WinShake still offers all functions it originally began with:
- Show Desktop and Shake, not only for all systems predating Windows 7, but also for 7/8/8.1, as they offer many advantages over the original functionality;
- PeekTop and PeekTopX, simple varieties to well known third party features;
- and PeekX and Quick Peek, also having their advantages over Windows 7's Peek.

But if you're using a newer system, you can now also choose to use Aero Enhanced Peek (& Flip for 7 only), to let Quick Peek & Flip make use of the Aero look of 7: Peek through all windows by hovering over the Show Desktop Button and Flip through them all with the Mouse Wheel using Windows Flip 3D!

Clicking the button, as you normally would, then uses WinShake's Show Desktop, instead of the original. And right clicking it Shakes the active window for you.
On top of that you can also simply set how fast you want the Peeking to start.

A very simple function, available to all, is the opening of the Start Menu (or the Start Screen in case of 8/8.1) by simply hovering over the lower left corner. So, no more clicking there!

And if you're still a fan of XP... as many are... ;) or Vista, Auto Taskbar makes the whole Taskbar almost click-less! By hovering over a Taskbar Program Button for just a moment and then moving up, that window is activated. If you hover a little longer (time can be set), you can Peek at the window first, without activating it. Grouped Taskbar Button menu's open automatically and for minimized windows a recent real size snapshot is shown on its latest position.

Have you ever wondered why the most popular task switching feature of all... Alt-Tab... can not be used completely with your mouse!?... Well, now you can, no matter if you're using XP, Vista or 7/8/8.1!

By going to the left or right screen edge (can be chosen), or the upper corners in case of 8/8.1, Alt-Tab appears! With the Mouse Wheel you can then choose the window you want, and by moving away from the edge, that window is activated and Alt-Tab closes again. If you decide not to switch windows after all, sliding up or down along the edge cancels Alt-Tab. Again, no clicks!
Of course, in 8/8.1 they finally came up with a similar feature, called the App Switcher, but... as many of you know, you can't switch between desktop windows with it!?... Now you have an alternative!... :D

And finally the latest feature, called NumWheel, available on all systems. While this was originally created for laptop users with a touchpad instead of a mouse, it turned out to be useful for others as well.

Many of you know the difficulties of scrolling using a touchpad. On top of that, most laptops don't have a Middle Mouse Button, let alone any extra buttons!

With NumWheel you can now use the NumPad arrow keys as a Scroll Wheel and the middle 5 key as the Middle Mouse Button. The Ins and Del keys function as Buttons #4 and #5, usually set to Previous and Next.

The remaining four, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn, are for scrolling whole pages, as you would expect. And combined with Ctrl, they jump straight to the beginning or the end.

As I said, very useful if you're using a laptop without a mouse attached. But even if you do have a mouse with a Scroll Wheel, on your laptop or on your PC, scrolling long documents can be rather unpleasant. Simply keeping one of the NumPad arrow keys pushed is much better in that case. And if your mouse lacks a horizontal scrolling function... well, now you have that as well!



I hope you will find these functions useful! :) If you do, I'd love to hear about it! But if you don't, or in case you have suggestions for improvement, please let me know as well, here or on the main thread!


Have fun!



#2 Darren 54

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:55 PM

Great work on the program but don't you think your website needs a major revamp? :D

#3 Vegetto



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:21 AM

Is it a freeware? I read this on your website "buy the Taskbar Peek, Quick Flip, PeekX and PeekTopX Activation Code for US$ 5.35."

#4 Freddy2



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:21 PM

Hello and thanks for your response! :)


Great work on the program but don't you think your website needs a major revamp?


I know... :P Websites are not my strong point! I simply use it as an online manual, for those interested.


Is it a freeware? I read this on your website "buy the Taskbar Peek, Quick Flip, PeekX and PeekTopX Activation Code for US$ 5.35."


Well... part of it is. The original functions (Show Desktop, Shake, (Quick) Peek, PeekTop and single PeekTopX) are free to use. So if that's what you want, then please enjoy. You will only receive a registration notification on start-up in that case.

However, if you would like to use the advanced functions, the ones this thread is especially about, then no, it's not free. That is, it's only US$5.35 to enjoy all of these other features as well. And before you decide, you can try them out for 7 days, so... please try and I hope you will like them and think this is (very) ;) reasonable!




P.S.: The topic title I made was a bit too long, as it doesn't fit. Could an admin please change it to:

"Auto AltTab/Taskbar/Peek&Flip/NUMpad scrollWHEEL on 8.1/7/Vista/XP"

Thanks in advance! :)

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 06:22 PM

Topic title edited and thread has been featured on the front page. Keep up with the great work.

#6 Freddy2



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Posted 20 January 2014 - 11:07 PM

Thanks Jatin! :)

#7 Secured Tim

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:44 PM

I remember installing it for the Peek function when I didn't have Windows 8. Really great work. (Y)

#8 Freddy2



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:59 AM

Hello all, :)


I just wanted to answer two questions that I'm seeing regularly lately:


- first of all, yes it's still compatible with the new Windows 8.1 Update (April 8 2014);

- and yes, contrary to the behavior of Windows 8(.1) itself, the hot-corners perfectly follow the location of your taskbar.

So if, for example, you have your taskbar on the left side instead of the bottom of your screen, the upper left/right corners for Auto Alt-Tab Switch are now moved to the upper/lower right corners; i.e. they're always right across the Start button and the clock on your taskbar. This, of course, also goes for 7/Vista/XP, where it's the left/right side that is, in this case, moved to the top/bottom edge of your screen.


So... have fun again! ;)



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