How to See Thumbnails of Open Windows in Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a number of ways to manage application windows. One of them is Task View, a built-in feature that shows thumbnails of all your open windows.

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Windows 10 includes a number of ways to manage application windows. One of them is Task View, a built-in feature that shows thumbnails of all your open windows.

While using Windows 10, it’s easy to see thumbnails of all your open windows. Lets explore how to view your thumbnail in Windows 10.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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Open Task View

Click the Task View button on your taskbar, which is located just to the right of the Start button. Or you can press Windows+Tab keys on your keyboard. Refer to below image:

Task View 1
Launch Task View

If you can not find the button, right-click the taskbar and enable Show Task View Button in the context menu. See below image:

Task View 3
Show Task View

Once Task View opens, you will see thumbnails of every window you have open, and they will be arranged in neat rows. See following image:

Task View 2
Your open Windows 10 screens

Manage Task View

While open, use your keyboard’s arrow keys to select the window you want to view, then press the Enter key. Or you can just click the thumbnail with your mouse.

If the window you selected was already open, Windows 10 will open it in front of all other open windows. If it was minimized it will be restored and brought to the foreground.

If you want to close a window, hover over its thumbnail with your mouse until the “X” button appears, then click it. Alternately, you can select the window using your cursor keys and press the Delete key to close it. Refer to below image:

Task View 4

Close Task View

To close Task View and return to the desktop, just click any blank area of the screen or press the Escape key.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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