Sometimes it’s really nice to find a shortcut when using Windows, and VistaSwitcher is a handy little program that offers users an Alt-Tab alternative. With this program, you no longer have to open task manager to switch to or end a process.

VistaSwitcher is essentially a graphic representation of what you would normally see when you hit Atl+Tab in Windows. And don’t be fooled by Vista in the name. VistaSwitcher works with all versions of Windows (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.) If you like having a lot of programs open at once, then this program is for you.

Our guide will outline how to use VistaSwitcher, one of the best alt-tab alternatives.

Download and install VistaSwitcher to change how you alt-tab

VistaSwitcher is a free program and it can be easily downloaded on their official site to bypass keyboard shortcuts. Click the blue download button and install the program.


Run VistaSwitcher

Once you’ve installed VistaSwitcher, it will run in the background of your computer. You can easily access VistaSwitcher anytime by clicking on the icon for the program, which will now be in your toolbar (this program replaces the default Windows Alt-Tab GUI dialog.)


Otherwise, you can hit “Alt-Tab” on your keyboard to bring up the VistaSwitcher dialog box.

Using VistaSwitcher

After you click the icon, a dialog box will open on your screen where you can one-by-one to look at the programs currently open on your computer. Simply hover your mouse over each open application and it will be shown on the left side of the dialog box.


If you want to switch to a different application or program, simply click the program in the list and the application will appear on your screen instantaneously. You can also switch to multiple programs at once by holding the “Ctrl” key and clicking on the programs from the list you’d like to switch to.

Adjust preferences

You can also adjust some of the settings within VistaSwitcher, such as if it autostarts with your computer, how big the dialog box is (and what it looks like) when it’s open and it’s position on your screen. To access preferences, go to the VistaSwitcher icon in your toolbar, right-click the icon and select “Preferences.”


Microsoft may not be company behind VistaSwicher, leaving it up to fans of Windows/computer programmers to create programs like this, but that doesn’t take away from the quality. If you love shortcuts as much as we do, definitely give VistaSwitcher a whirl. Chances are, you certainly won’t mind it running in the background. Learn more about shortcuts for Windows here.

Download VistaSwitcher.