I was wondering if there was a shortcut or solution to switch focus between different displays since I'm using a mac air with an external monitor. Often times I have to use the mouse just to focus on another application on a different display. Would really speed up the work flow if I can focus on apps in different displays.

Also I use full screen apps so I take advantage of desktop switching by hitting control + left or right thats why I need to be able to first focus on an app on either screen 1 or two then start switching apps or just use the app on that screen.

  • Identical to apple.stackexchange.com/questions/106559/…
    – matt
    Commented Dec 29, 2013 at 19:07
  • I see that it kind of identical but I'm looking for a solution where I can focus on an app and not just simply put my mouse on a display. Thanks
    – Kabu
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 20:53

1 Answer 1


I have always used the + TAB keyboard shortcut to switch focus between applications. It should not matter if an application is on a different screen for this shortcut to work.

  • command + Tab is slow when you have lots of applications open and the app is near the end of the stacks. Plus I use full screen apps so I often just switch to the right screen then use control + left or right to get to the application but I just to use the mouse to move to the right screen first since control + direction only works for the screen the mouse is currently on.
    – Kabu
    Commented Dec 28, 2013 at 7:55

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