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Windows-key + Number hotkey behaviour unexpected on multiple monitors

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  • On a multi-monitor setup with the taskbars set to "Show taskbar buttons on: Taskbar where window is open" there are some unexpected behaviors involving the windows key + number hotkeys.

    When I pin an application, say, Microsoft Outlook 2010 to the second spot of my primary taskbar, and move the window over to the other monitor, hitting Windows Key + 2 unexpectedly launches an additional window, rather than focusing the existing one.

    This is unnecessary, as a hotkey already exists for launching additional windows of pinned applications: Windows Key + Shift + 2 will always launch a new instance of an application.

    Will this behaviour change to match Windows 7's by release or is this an unanticipated behavior?

    Problem reproduction steps:

    PROBLEM 1:
    1. Set the taskbar options to "Show taskbar buttons on: Taskbar where window is open"
    2. Pin an application as the first entry of the primary taskbar
    3. Open the pinned application and move the window to a secondary screen
    4. Use the Windows Key + Number hotkey corresponding to the application
    5. A new instance of the application is launched
    PROBLEM 2:

    1. Set the taskbar options to "Show taskbar buttons on: Taskbar where window is open"
    2. Pin an application as the first entry of the primary taskbar
    3. Open the pinned application and move the window to a secondary screen
    4. Open one or more instance of the pinned application and move the windows to the primary screen
    5. Ensure the application has windows on each screen
    6. Use the Windows Key + Control + Number hotkey to switch between open windows of the application
    7. The application switcher ceases to switch between open windows once the window on the secondary screen is switched to
    Expected behavior:

    PROBLEM 1:

    The expected behaviour is that the application, if open, would be selected as per Windows 7 behavior. The new behavior overlaps with the existing hotkey for launching a new instance: Windows Key + Shift + Number.

    PROBLEM 2:

    The expected behaviour is that application switching via the hotkey, per Windows 7 behaviour, would switch between instances of the applications on all screens. The new behaviour is that the Windows Key + Control + Number hotkey does not work unless all windows of the application are on the primary screen. If any window is on the secondary screen, switching to it via this hotkey causes the hotkey to cease working.

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    Wednesday, March 07, 2012 6:52 AM

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  • Could try reproduce these steps in the final release of Windows 8 and see if they reproduce?
    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 3:37 PM