In all versions of Windows, there is the ability to press alt+tab to switch between application windows that are currently open. That's all fine and incredibly useful. The problem I have is how the ordering of these has changed since Windows XP. Let me explain...
In Windows XP, when I minimize a window it goes to the bottom of the open application window stack. If I press Alt+Tab I will find the application I just minimized to be at the end of the list of windows that I can switch to. This was very handy because I'm not likely to want to immediately return to the window if I minimized it.
In Windows 7, however, when I minimize a window it goes to the second position from the top of the stack. If I press Alt+Tab the first window it wants to bring me back to is the one I just minimized. This annoys me to no end because when I minimize a window, I don't want to revisit it again for a little while. Yet, I am always accidentally Alt+Tabbing to it when I really wanted something else.
Does anyone know of a way to make Windows 7 behave like Windows XP in this regard? The only related things I've found allow me to change the look of the Alt+Tab interface to that of Windows XP. Unfortunately, this has no effect on the behavior that I'm trying to fix. When I minimize a window, it still shows up as the next item in the Alt+Tab menu.