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Posted on 2016-09-09
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I had this question after viewing Open applications in Windows 10 keep minimizing.

Thought this was cleared up, but still has an issue.  For example, I open web sites A, B, C, D and E in Firefox.  I can click the icon in the tray and I get the four small views.  I can mouse over them and get full screen shots.  I can click on the small view (not the full screen, but that's OK) and now I am focused on what I clicked into.  But now I also open Word and have two files, Word A and Word B.  I can switch between them as before, but I cannot go to the Firefox sets.  I get the small previews and full screen, but as soon as the mouse comes off the small preview it and the full screen version disappear.  I have fiddled with the various settings for whether or not to show the task bar.
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It has always been this way: If you move the mouse out of the thumbnails area, it will close. Thumbnails should be side by side without edge, so you'll have to move up or down to leave. However, you can try if using the mouse wheel, if existing, helps you better in scrolling thru the previews.
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Maybe I am using the wrong term / description.  It is not a mouse over; when I click on an icon in the bottom tray, for exemple Firefox,  small previews of all Firefox tabs upen up just barely above the tray.  If I then mouse over the previews, whichever preview I am over will have a full screen shot in the background.  As I go from preview to preview the full screen changes.  I can move the mouse vertically into the full screen area and click it, and then that is totally full screen and has focus.

So far, so good.  But if I have another program with multiple files open, for example Word with two files being worked on, the same process will work for Word.  However if I go back to the Firefox icon the previews work (that is, the full screen versions switch) but as soon as I come off the Firefox icon the full screen switches to the last Word file and focus.  Mouse roller does nothing.
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The issue seems to be that focus can only go to files associated with the last application opened.  Any others will show a preview, but cannot grant focus to what is seen in the preview, only those from the last program opened.  Double clicking the application icon in the task bar does not change this.
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I think I have it figured out.  The issue is that one cannot switch focus through the task bar; only one application at a time can have it, and clicking or double clicking does not change it.  So for whatever has focus, clicking once does bring up all of its application files and switching between them is easy.  So the issue gets down to focus in the application itself.  That can be switched by using the WINKEY+TAB, then selecting any of the data files associated with an application in the desktop that appears.  Note that WINKEY+TAB must continue to be held down, or it goes away.  But once focus is given to a specific application, then its data files can be accessed through the task bar previews.
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Posted answer completely resolves the issue; other suggestions did not.
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