macOS High Sierra

Switch between apps and windows

When you have more than one app open, or more than one window open for an app, quickly switch between them using the Application Chooser or Window Chooser.

Note: VO represents the VoiceOver modifier.

Switch between apps

  1. To open the Application Chooser, press VO-F1-F1, or double-tap near the left edge of the trackpad.

    The Application Chooser is a panel that shows the applications that are currently open. To the right of each item in the list is an arrow.
  2. To navigate the list of open apps, press the Down Arrow or Up Arrow key, or flick down or up on the trackpad.

  3. When you hear the app you want, press the Space bar or double-tap on the trackpad.

    If you used the VoiceOver command to open the chooser, pressing the Space bar opens a submenu that lists all open windows, dialogs, or alerts for the app. Navigate a submenu in the same way you did the list of apps.

To exit the Application Chooser without making a selection, press the Escape key or Fn-Tab, or scrub back and forth with two fingers on the trackpad.

Switch between windows

  1. To open the Window Chooser, press VO-F2-F2, or double-tap near the right edge of the trackpad.

    The Window Chooser is a panel that shows a list of currently open windows.
  2. To navigate the list of open windows, press the Down Arrow or Up Arrow key, or flick down or up on the trackpad.

  3. To select the window, press the Space bar or double-tap on the trackpad.

To exit the Window Chooser without making a selection, press the Escape key or Fn-Tab, or scrub back and forth with two fingers on the trackpad.