Abstract

This disclosure describes techniques that enable switching between applications with a single gesture. The techniques can be implemented in any device that supports gestures, e.g., a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc. A user can switch between applications by performing a swipe gesture from an icon, e.g., a task switcher icon, or other location. In a touchscreen implementation, as the user’s finger moves, each available application window is briefly in focus. To switch to a target application, the user releases her finger. In this manner, a single continuous operation (swipe and release gesture) enables the user to switch between applications quickly and efficiently.

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