Using Aero Flip 3D

With Aero Flip 3D, you can quickly preview all of your open windows (for example, open files, folders, and documents) without clicking the taskbar. Flip 3D displays your open windows in a stack. At the top of the stack, you'll see one open window. To see other windows, you can flip through the stack.

Aero Flip 3D
Aero Flip 3D

To switch windows using Flip 3D

  1. Press Ctrl+Windows logo key Windows logo key+Tab.
  2. Press Tab to move through the windows. (You can also press Right Arrow or Down Arrow to move forward one window, or press Left Arrow or Up Arrow to move backward one window.)

  3. Click a window in the stack to display that window, or click outside the stack to close Flip 3D without switching windows. You can also rotate the wheel on your mouse to quickly move through the open windows.


  • You can also move through open windows by pressing the Windows logo key Windows logo key+Tab and holding down the Windows logo key. Press Tab until the window you want is at the front of the stack, and then release the Windows logo key.

Flip 3D is part of the Aero experience. If your computer does not support Aero, or if you are using a theme other than a Windows 7 theme, you can view the open programs and windows on your computer by pressing Alt+Tab. To move through the open windows, hold the Alt key and press the Tab key, press the arrow keys, or use your mouse. To learn more about Aero, see What is the Aero desktop experience?

To run a troubleshooter that will diagnose and repair common problems with Aero, go to the Aero page‌ Fix it button on the Microsoft Support website, and then click Run now.