OS X Mountain Lion: Switch between apps and windows

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Switch between apps and windows

If you have many apps and several windows open at the same time, it may be difficult to find the one you want. Your Mac has several shortcuts you can use to view and move among windows.

Quickly switch to the previous app

Press Command (⌘)-Tab.

View all open windows while switching apps

  1. To display all open windows for the current app as thumbnails, press and hold the app’s icon in the Dock. From the shortcut menu that appears over the icon, choose Show All Windows.

    You also see smaller thumbnails for closed documents you recently worked in.

  2. Press the Tab key. All the windows for the previous app are displayed.

Keep pressing Tab to see each app’s windows in turn. To enlarge a window so you can work in it, click its thumbnail.

View all open apps

  1. Hold down the Command (⌘) key while you press and release the Tab key.
  2. While holding the Command key, use the mouse pointer, an arrow key, or the Tab, Tilde (~), Home, or End keys to select an app’s icon.

    Then do any of the following:

    • To switch to a selected app, press Return.

    • To hide a selected app, press H.

    • To quit a selected app, press Q.

    • To resume work without switching apps, press Esc (Escape) or the period key.

Published Date: Sep 4, 2015
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