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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 its 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 to do this!


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 to Check the box titled Activate 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 window you’re hovering over.  This move might be really different at first, but with some getting used to, it can be a groovy trick for aiding the lazy user by saving a click!



Are you crazy about a Windows 7 Tip? Tell us all about it in the comments below!



  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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