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Activate Flip 3D With Your Mouse in Vista

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Over the last few years I’ve had many people ask me if they can somehow activate Flip 3D by moving the mouse to a corner of the screen, and I’ve always told them to use the much more powerful Switcher replacement instead, but that’s about to change.

The solution to this problem comes in the form of a tiny little application called Vista Flip 3D Activator, and it lets you assign a corner of the screen to activate Flip 3D, providing you haven’t disabled Flip 3D like I have.

Using Vista Flip 3D Activator

Installing the application is as simple as downloading and extracting the program file and running through the install wizard. Once you’ve done that, you can then check the corner of the screen that you’d like to use for activating Flip 3D…

Vista Flip 3D Activator

You can also assign a mouse button if you want, although you should note that it doesn’t override IntelliMouse settings. Once you’ve activated Flip 3D, you can use your mouse wheel to scroll between the different windows, and then click to activate.

Note: for those of you that might be wondering, you can make Flip 3D stay on the screen without using any software by either clicking the “Window Switcher” icon in the Quick Launch (second to the left), or you can use the keyboard shortcut Win+Ctrl+Tab to make it stay on the screen. When it comes down to it, this utility really only saves clicking on the Quick Launch icon.

Vista Quick Launch Tray

I’ve never been a fan of Flip 3D, but it’s a good chance to show off my favorite wallpaper!

Windows Vista Flip 3D  

This utility is extremely lightweight, weighing in around 2mb on my system, and that was when I was toying with it.

Task Manager Flip 3D Activator

If you are a fan of Flip 3D, this is definitely the utility for you.

Download Flip3D Activator from  |  Softpedia Download Mirror

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  • Published 01/7/09

Comments (17)

  1. Daniel Spiewak

    Is that an infinite strange-loop I see with Live Writer sporting the screenshot in which it already exists? Geeze, talk about your obscure geek references. :-) (,_Escher,_Bach)

  2. The Geek

    Figures that you would be the person to notice that… and yes, I put it in there on purpose to see if anybody would notice =)

  3. caschy

    Hi Geek, where can i get your great wallpaper? =)

    Greetings from Germany

  4. The Geek
  5. caschy

    Thanks =)

  6. Simon SC

    A little bit of a waste of the 2MB memory if you ask me. You can program the exact same thing in AutoHotKey

  7. roman

    I’ve been looking for something like this, thanks!

  8. Juliana Peña

    Hi, is there any way to configure this for Flip 2D (alt+tab) instead?

  9. jd2066

    @Simon SC: It would only be a waste of memory if someone already has AutoHotKey running in the background.
    There maybe some that just want a Flip3D shortcut and no other shortcuts that AutoHotKey could provide.
    Not to mention, this program already exists and an AutoHotKey script doesn’t. So some would happily waste memory so they don’t need to program one.

  10. GBot

    If you have a Microsoft mouse, the Intellitype software assigns Flip3D to the Wheel button by default. I recently discovered that I *gasp* really like Flip3D :)

  11. Quy

    I did everything but when i drag my mouse to the corner I selected it doesnt work. Do you know why?

  12. Rash

    how do you remove it? like i unistalled it, but the mouse thing keeps working…

  13. Rash

    Don’t worry…i was being a noob :P

  14. T-REX

    I’ve been looking for something like this,
    The Flip3D is *sweet* !!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Fullmetal

    The logitech set-point software for the MX revolution sets the 3D flip to the side wheel by default. It allows for easy access to the 3D flip without removing the hands from the mouse

  16. 814l(3

    works in windows 7

  17. Bella

    I can’t make it work, I click on the mini button next to “start”, but it does nothing. I have windows vista… is that the reason why it doesn’t work? please help!

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