btw, something I never noticed for awhile until I pushed down the mouse scroll button by accident...the application windows pop up as thumbnails and you can select which application you want to jump to with the mouse.
Also, Alt+Tab is a very elegant and simple solution, it speeds through the programs just by holding down the Tab key
I think alot of the drama here is that the different OS have different working methods and workflows to achieve similar results.
I personally much prefer XP even though I have a MBP for my Leaf software. I find it extremely customizable, whereas I feel locked down by the Mac OS.
There must be an easier way to be able to close the Macbook Pro screen without it going into hibernation.
I like how barebones XP is, no fancy transitions, nothing too organic and round (yes I actually like my sharp edged digital looking fonts and menu bars, I like them 2D not 3D)
I considered this for quite a while and still cannot see why I would ever do what you suggest. I think this is where a video screen grab is needed as sometimes these things can make far more sense when viewed in action.
This idea may work fine for you, but it just seems unecessary, I would simply tile the two images. The fact that one is background and one foreground is irrelevant. You also said 'both [images] cannot be displayed at same time' How would you have this issue? As that sounds like a programme isue and not anOS issue.
It's still Alt+Tab actually.
Do it quickly and you simply switch to last app, that's the one I use the most.
Alt+Tab and if you don't release Tab, you cycle through the apps. Let go when it hits whatever you want, how simple is that?
Alt+ repeated Tab to step cycle through is also so easy, I certainly wouldn't want to use a mouse to select the icon. Plus it isn't really a good option if using mouse left handed, as I do.
Alt+Shft+Tab does it backwards. Cntr+ Tab cyles through document and shift is also modifer for opposite way there too. Though Apps aren't too consisentent about this, Firefox does it really clumsily when moving through tabs and Opera does it well.