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Definition: Flip 3D


A feature of the earlier Aero interface in Windows that displayed the desktop and open apps in 3D. Pressing Windows key + Tab key invoked Flip 3D, and continually pressing Windows-Tab rotated the windows from back to front. Any window playing video continued to show movement even as the windows were rotating.

Alt-Tab Lived On
Pressing Alt-Tab to move from program to program still existed and was the only method available in computers not powerful enough to run Aero. Starting with Vista, Alt-Tab displayed thumbnails of open applications rather than only icons as long as the computer had sufficient horsepower to support it. See Aero and Windows Experience Index.




Flip 3D in Aero
All open applications could be displayed as floating 3D windows and made to rotate. Clicking the window brought it back into 2D form. The desktop also became a floating window (at the back in this example). Selecting the desktop minimized all open applications.