Expose for Windows Vista/7 [Clone] | Posted at 9:16 AM
I use an iMac at work and whatever you say about Mac, one thing is for sure, Expose is genius. I am almost angry that this functionality isn't in Windows 7. Nobody uses Flip3D. Well, some do but I don't.
Enter Switcher. A free app switcher ala Expose, that works with multiple monitors. I will go through some cool features that will make Switcher look and act like OS X Expose.
Setting up Shortcuts
I recommend setting up Switcher to activate when you press the middle-mouse button. You can be a real power user using this shortcut.
Open up Switcher, then go to the Shortcuts tab, click “Change” next to Mouse shortcut.
Set up a shortcut that looks like this:
We also need to disable closing windows by using the middle-mouse because that will cause weird behavior.
Select the shortcut in the list under “Close Window” that uses the middle-mouse and click “Remove Shortcut.”
(Note: I already removed in in this screenshot)
Styling the Windows
By default Switcher uses a funky blue hue style that just doesn’t match the aesthetics of the Aero environment. Let’s try to fix that.
Go to the Window Style tab and make the following changes:
Uncheck everything for “Normal” Window State.
Choose “Selected” Window State.
Under Label, make it look like this:
For the two colors, I made the first black with about 75% opacity and the second black with 85% opacity.
For Frame, make it look like this:
Same idea for the two colors, except much lower opacity, about 15% for the first black and 30% for the second.
Now your window style should look like this:
Lastly, go to the “Appearance” tab and uncheck “Enable window numbers.”
There you go, now you have a similarly-styled slick look for your Expose clone.