Auto Alt+Tab Program to Cycle through opened Programs

Posted on 2007-07-24
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Scenario: We have a computer which runs 5 separate programs linked up to a big tv screen. What we would like to see is a program which jumps between the 5 programs automatically allowing everyone to see the results of all 5 programs without touching the mouse or keyboard.
A bit like what Alt+Tab does but have it run automatically keeping each program up for about 30 seconds.
I've looked at a few alt+tab programs but none of them have an option for timing.

Your help is most appreciated.
Running Windows XP SP2
Question by:Ian_Beby
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    Does this have to show realtime results or wouldn't it be enough make a "Recording" of those programs using screenshots, then importing those screenshots into something like openoffice's impress to create a slideshow? There you could easily automate a 30sec. pause between each slide.
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    Why dont you try Virtual Desktop Manager .. in the Windows XP POwer Toys suite ..

    I haven't tried it personally though..
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    There is a free program you can download called AutoHotkey that you can use to automate many tasks in many different ways.  It can "send" keys to the keyboard, and timers are available, plus looping constructs of various types.  You download the program here:

    After you install the program, you can read the documentation built into it to learn how to "program" it.  The scripts you create can be "compiled" into .exe files which can then be run at system startup by creating a shortcut in the Startup folder on the Start Menu.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for all your solutions.
     LeeTutor - yours seemed to work best of all. It had to show the screens as realtime (not screenshots)and i used an automatic alt+tab script which allowed all programs to be displayed at 30 second intervals. Most appreciated!

    Expert Comment

    Hi Ian,
    I just downloaded the app but can not get a script to work, how did you create the script for this?

    If you could help please, thank you.

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