As mentioned in Chapter 1, there’s a quick way to jump back to the last app you had open: Swipe inward from the left border of the screen, or press Alt+Tab.
But what if you have six programs open and you want to jump to the third one?
This, of course, is why the beloved Alt+Tab keystroke was born (Figure 3-6, top).
Alt+Tab still works in Windows 8. It displays the icons of all open programs, both TileWorld apps and desktop programs. But now there’s a second app switcher, a vertical one, that’s limited to displaying TileWorld apps.
To view the traditional app switcher—a horizontal row of icons, depicting both TileWorld apps and traditional Windows programs—proceed like this:
Touchscreen: There’s no touchscreen gesture to open the old task switcher. Use the new one (described next) to switch among open TileWorld apps.
If you want to jump to a Windows desktop program, tap the Desktop tile on the Start screen. (Unless you’ve moved it, Desktop is the lower-left tile.) You jump back to the traditional Windows desktop, where the icons of all open programs appear on the taskbar (Taskbar 2.0).
Mouse: There’s no mousey way to open this task switcher, either.
Keyboard: If you press Tab while holding down the Alt key, a floating palette displays the icons of all running programs, as shown at top in Figure 3-6. Each time you press Tab again (still keeping the Alt key down), you highlight the next icon; when you release the keys, the ...