Posted by: glasskeys | 07/03/2011

How to use the Android “Recent” menu to switch between background apps.

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The Recent menu is a handy tool that enables an Android user to switch back and forth between apps currently running in the “background”. As many new users don’t even know it exists, I will show how to invoke this magic menu on two devices I currently have running CyanogenMod 7 (CM7): A Viewsonic G Tablet and a Nook Color.

On the G tab, press the Home and Backward arrow at the same time to display the menu. On the Nook Color use the button and side volume combination. The Recent menu quickly appears containing the icons of all “background” apps – simply tap an icon to switch apps.

If you change your mind and want the Recent menu to disappear without opening an application, use the Home button on the G tab, or the button on the Nook Color to return to the Android desktop.

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