Ctr+Tab in Word
Normally, pressing Ctrl+Tab switches between different files in any software product e.g. Excel, VB, etc etc. But when I press Ctrl+Tab in Word, it just inserts a tab. Why doesn't it work. Seems like some quirk.
The One You Loved (TOYL)
Ctrl+F6, or alternatively F1.
No, Alt-Tab switches between applications. Ctrl-Tab usually switches between files in the same application.
My guess would be it is probably a leftover from WordPerfect compatibility. Unlike many Microsoft understood that to be successful you have to closely follow the lead of the topdog in a certain catagory to make switching as painless as possible.
Just me (Sir to you)
My guess is that Word actually goes back further than the Ctrl-Tab convention. Thus, to change it to match the new convention would break existing user expectations.
I hate when apps put every open document (Word, Outlook) in the taskbar because it clutters the task bar. MS Office is not consistent with this, as some Office apps (Access, Excel, Power Point) make this optional, but others do not.
And yes, I know you can use XP's ability to "Group" taskbar items, but using the keyboard to navigate between screens (Alt+Tab) is also painful when you have 20+ documents and applications open.
"I'd rather have a decent implementation of virtual desktops for Windows, but I haven't found one yet."
I know that if you're in a table in a cell in Word and press the TAB key, you switch to the next table cell. Pressing CTRL+TAB in the table cell actually gets you a TAB.
Mark L. smith
Another point is that I seem to recall that at least as far back as Windows 3.1, the official documentation referred to CTRL+F6 as the way to cycle through Program Groups of Program Manager. This may go further back to earlier versions of Windows or OS/2 and maybe even into some of the DOS shells that were available (I seem to remember CTRL+F6 in Norton Shell and it's knock-off, DOSShell).
That 4screens program has bugs when used with a dual monitor setup (Windows XP).
Virtual desktop manager that works in XP:
There's also the XP "Desktop Manager", one of Microsoft's "Power Toys".
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