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    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu
    How to Add Flip 3D to the Desktop Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7
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    06 Mar 2008
    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    How to Add Flip 3D to the Desktop Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will show you how to add Flip 3D, also known as Switch between windows or Window Switcher, to the Desktop right click context menu in Vista.
    Note   Note
    With this, you can now right click on the desktop, or in Windows Explorer window, and click on Windows Switcher to open and use Flip 3D.

    Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Flip 3D


    NOTE: Press the key combinations below in blue to activate.
    • Windows Key + Tab = Press and hold Windows Key, then press Tab (or roll mouse scroll wheel) to scroll through the open windows. Choose the open window you want by releasing the Windows Key when the window is at the front.
    • Ctrl + Windows Key + Tab = Scroll through the open windows by pressing the Tab key, arrow keys, or roll the mouse scroll wheel. Click on the window you want to see, or press Enter when it is up front.
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    HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR: WINDOWS AERO
    See: Windows Help and Support: Troubleshoot problems with Windows Aero

    NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic or Windows 7 Home Starter editions.
    • 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
    • 1 GB of system memory
    • A graphics card with support for DirectX 9 graphics with at least 128 MB of memory.
    • The graphics card must support Pixel Shader 2.0 and the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM).
    • You must be have True Color (32 bit) set instead of High Color (16 bit).
    • The Desktop Window Manager Session Manager and Themes Services need to be set as Started and Automatic.
    • Refresh or update your WEI score.
    • The Windows Aero color scheme selected and turned on.
    • The Enable desktop composition and Animate controls and elements inside windows options enabled in Visual Effects.
    • Using a Aero theme.

    EXAMPLE: Flip 3D
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    EXAMPLE: Context Menu Before and After Flip 3D is Added
    NOTE: It will have the name Windows Switcher in the context menu for Flip 3D. This is for when you right click on the desktop or in Windows Explorer.
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    METHOD ONE

    Using a REG File Download

    1. To Add Flip 3D to the Context Menu
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Add_Window_Switcher.reg
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    B) Go to step 3.
    2. To Remove Flip 3D from the Context Menu
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.
    Remove_Window_Switcher.reg
    download
    3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

    4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

    5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

    6. When done, you can delete the .reg file (on Desktop).



    METHOD TWO

    Manually in Registry Editor

    1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search boxand press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UCA, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).

    3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below step 4A)
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shellx\ContextMenuHandlers
    4. To Add Flip 3D to the Context Menu
    A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click on New, then on Key. (see screenshot below)
    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu-reg1.jpg
    B) Type Windows Switcher and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4C)

    C) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (see screenshot below)
    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu-reg2.jpg
    D) Type {3080F90E-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257} and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu-modify.jpg
    E) The registry will now look like this. (see screenshot below)
    Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu-reg3.jpg
    F) Go to step 6.
    5. To Remove Flip 3D from the Context Menu
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    A) In the left pane, right click on Windows Switcher and click on Delete. (see screenshot above)

    B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.
    6. Close regedit.
    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Great tutorial! thx

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Your welcome teamster776, and welcome to Vista x64 Forums.

    Shawn

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Thanks Brink for this tutorial,
    I am learning a lot.

    PS: this is my first post.

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    Your welcome cicciox64, and welcome to Vista x64 Forums.

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Shawn,

    That is a GREAT addition. The 3-D Flip is a great feature that I was disappointed Microsoft didn't give a quicker way to access. I wish the Microsoft team would concentrate on adding features like this INSTEAD of removing or relocating (burying) good feature like the Find context menu in Explorer. Your hack improves productivity while the later only causes confusion, frustration and a waste of time. [End of rant]

    Thanks for tip. Is there a way we could also add this to the right click menu on IE?

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Hi Bob-C,

    I do not know of a way to add Find to the Context Menu, but you can press Ctrl+F or F3 to open the Find window in IE.

    Find

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    I meant is there a way to add the Windows Switcher item to the context menu on IE?

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Bob,

    I'm not sure, but I will look into it for you.

    Shawn


    UPDATE:
    Sorry Bob,

    I cannot find a way to add it to the IE7 context menu.
    I would think that it would be just as easy to use from Quick Launch or the context menu from the Desktop though.

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    Re: Flip 3D - Add to Context Menu

    Great!
    thanks, very useful!

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