on my regular system this have never presented itself as an issue, but what about on a netbook with limited resolution?  windows 7 allows the alt + tab results to wrap in the list.

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alt + tab results on my workstation

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usually the main culprit for me to even consider this limit is internet explorer windows.  i typically have 10 or more sites open at once.  the average number has increased since i started using direct access (internal sites are available wherever i access the internet).  internet explorer 8’s tab feature allows me to cut down on the number of alt + tab (and with windows key + t i can still get previews of all the tabs i have open – even in 1 internet explorer window)

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pressing windows key + t even with multiple tabs open on windows 7 shows you each tab as a thumbnail – up arrow and then right and left arrows allow you to navigate the previews from your keyboard.