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I'm from a Linux background trying to get used to the differences with Mac OS X. I've gotten resigned to the fact that to switch from one window to another I first need to switch Apps via CMD+Tab and then windows via CMD+`. This isn't too much of a problem as the majority of my windows are under X11 anyway.

However, there's a big annoyance with the window-switching (which, as far as I can tell, doesn't happen with the app-switching). When cycling through the open windows, each one is brought to the fore as I cycle past it. So if I have a dozen or so windows open in X11 and want to continually switch between two of them, it's next to impossible due to the fact that every window gets raised as I cycle between the two that I want (moreover, there's no intelligent ordering: the cycling goes on what appears to be launch-time rather than last-access-time which would be more sensible).

Is there any way to fix this so that window-cycling only raises the one that I want and not all the ones I have to step over on the way?

I don't mind if the fix is only for X11 (I'm using XQuartz, in case that's relevant, and am still on Lion).

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To continually switch between two windows use Command` and, to go back to the previous window, ShiftCommand`. I tested it with XQuartz and worked as expected.

Otherwise: Can't you select the window you wish to bring to the front from XQuartz's Window menu?

Other possibility is to use Hot Corners (introduced in OS X 10.3 "Panther") to show all application windows, then choose the one you need. There are plenty of guides out there, for instance

Basically (in 10.7 "Lion" and later), you have to open System Preferences, select Mission Control and press the button Hot Corners... in the bottom. Then you can select a corner for action Application Windows.

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Just as a side note "hot corners" was introduced in 10.5 Leopard. – soxman Nov 17 '12 at 5:05
It was introduced even earlier, in Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther". I've corrected my answer, thanks for mentioning it. – jaume Nov 18 '12 at 9:49
+1 Totally true; I was thinking of "spaces". – soxman Nov 18 '12 at 17:17

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