With a big monitor, I find myself using Emacs (in Ubuntu) with the outer window (the thing Ubuntu calls a window anyway) enlarged to full screen. Then within this big window frame, I'll split the frame into smaller "windows" (what Emacs apparently calls "window" I guess) with a
You can then switch to the next window with a command like
cntl-x-o, and close the window with
cntl-x-0, or close all other windows with
cntl-x-1. Since I never had more than two windows open in the frame, it never occurred to me to care how to make switching between more windows more efficient.
Now that I do...
~/.emacsand you'll have a nice
shift-(arrowkey of your choice)keybindings to move between windows!
More info at http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/WindMove
Why oh why did I not find this out earlier? :)