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Switch Windows With Mouse Hovering in Windows 7 [How-To]

A long time ago in a Window far far away, there was XWindows mode.  Through the sheer manipulation of Microsoft PowerToys, users were able to automatically select a Window just by hovering the mouse over it’s title bar.  Windows 7 allows users to do everything the Powertoy App. could do without having to install it, including the groovy hover trick.


Let’s take a look at how it’s done!


How to Switch Windows in Windows 7 Using Mouse Hovering


1. Click the Start Orb (Hotkey: Windows Key), in the search box Type mouse worksPress Enter or Click the Change how your mouse works control panel link.

enter mouse works in the startt menu to find the change your mouse function window


2. The Mouse Ease of Access window should appear, Scroll down and Click to Check the box titled Activated a window by hovering over it with the mouse.

click the checkbox next to activate a window by hovering over it with the mouse, all new to windows 7


When you hover the mouse over a particular window, Windows 7 will switch your focus to whatever windows your hovering over.  This might be really different at first, but with some getting used to it can be a groovy trick for aiding the the lazy user by saving a click!



Do you have a Windows 7 Tip your crazy about?  Tell us about it in the comments below!

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4 Responses to Switch Windows With Mouse Hovering in Windows 7 [How-To]

  1. AlexMVP November 12, 2009 at 11:31 am #

    I tried it but I just can't get used to it…. had to turn it off again hehehe….

  2. englisch101 November 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    How you hover to windows in taskbar to make select them?

  3. Bob October 5, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    In the old tweakUI we could adjust the hover time, but I can’t find anyway to change it in Windows 7 and the default is just too fast.

  4. Joe March 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    How do this and leave the window where it is instead of raising it to the front? a.k.a. lazy loading?

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