Tuesday, January 11, 2005 9:52 PM bart

Virtual PC - Cool tip

As some of you may know, I'm a kind of mouse-hater. When I can do something without a mouse, I'll do it. Start Internet Explorer is for me as easy as Win+R, iexplore, Enter. Task Manager via Ctrl-Shift-Esc, close windows with Alt-F4, switch between windows using Alt-Tab. You name it, I'll always try to avoid the use of the mouse. In my opinion, you can work faster without mouse than with a mouse (okay, I'm not doing graphics or so, for which a pointing device is great). However, in Virtual PC I had the problem (till some minutes ago) that once a Virtual PC window has focus, you can't 'escape' from the VPC windows with the guest OS. What I mean is that Alt-Tab is sent to the guest OS running in that window, so you can't "Alt-Tab out that window" to switch to another window on the host OS. So I always needed to grab the mouse to do this kind of thing (click on another window on the host OS' taskbar). Got it?

Now, here comes the trick: <host key>+<Arrow down> allows you to minimize the VPC guest OS window and then switch to another window on the host OS using Alt-Tab. This is cool! Virtual PC, you made my day...

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# re: Virtual PC - Cool tip

Thursday, January 13, 2005 10:03 PM by bart

This is really very cool. I was giving some demos to big audiences today, and I only wish I had have known about this keystroke sequence _before_ the demos. Live and learn though!

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