Windows Utility Alt-Tabs Through Your Apps Automatically

Ever wanted an easy way to keep an eye on a number of programs that are running on your PC? Or have you ever wanted to set up a rolling demo to show friends, family, colleagues or clients a selection of programs that are running?

OK, so it's not the sort of thing that every PC user needs to do, all the time. But occasionally, such a facility can be useful.  Especially if you want to monitor those programs in full-screen mode rather than as minimised windows.

You could, of course, just sit at your computer and press the Alt-Tab key every few seconds to cycle through the windows.  Or you could use a simple free utility called AutoTab that does it for you.  It's a tiny download, it's free, it runs under Windows XP and above, and VirusTotal claims it's free of malware.  You'll find it at

When you run this utility, an icon will appear in the notification area. If the icon is red, it's disabled; to start it up, double-click the icon for it to turn green.

There are other useful purposes for such a program, too.  If you're keeping an eye on a handful of different web sites, for example, to check for incoming mail and news, just set up separate browser windows, set AutoTab running, and relax.


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by mvozzo on 17. September 2012 - 12:33  (99379)

This is a great utility. I'm wondering, whether anyone knows of a plugin for Google Chrome or Firefox that does a similar thing but cycling through tabs with the added feature of refreshing the page?

USE CASE: I want to setup a web browser with the home pages of Top News around the world. It's one thing to cycle through the tabs, but it's no point if I can't have the web pages refreshed to get the latest news stories as they break. Thoughts anyone?

Thanks in advance.

by colpha (not verified) on 20. September 2012 - 17:31  (99518)

try firefox addon "reload every". it refreshes a tab based on users setting. you can have the tab refresh every 5 seconds, 10, and so on. it is also customizable, very handy. i've been using this since ff 3 and it never fails.

colpha from philippines

by Quicktest (not verified) on 15. September 2012 - 7:29  (99287)

"...and VirusTotal claims it's free of malware."
Ah ok, good to know.
Seriously - that is rather superfluous information I find; the whole sentence actually.
"It's a tiny download, it's free, it runs under Windows XP and above, and VirusTotal claims it's free of malware." That is all to be assumed anyway. Just report please if any of these points do not apply, I'd say.

by MidnightCowboy on 15. September 2012 - 7:55  (99288)

The biggest number of complaints we received historically about these articles related to OS compatibility and security. Many of these apps and sites are either new or relatively unknown which is why some security programs flag them as potentially malicious by "reputation" (false positive). We therefore include this sentence, or a variation of it, in an attempt to address these issues. We never try to assume anything on behalf of someone else.

by rob.schifreen on 15. September 2012 - 9:07  (99292)

Thanks MC. Also, I do actually check all of these things each time, and including the text in the story means that you, and I, can be confident that I haven't forgotten to do so this time. I don't declare something as having been checked by VirusTotal until I've done the check and ticked it off my checklist.

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