Is there a faster way to switch between applications on mac using ⌘ cmd + tab??

when i open a lot of different apps opens at a time, i have to press lots of ⌘ cmd + tab to switch to purpose application. Is there a way to use ⌘ cmd + number to switch to purpose application.

such as when i press ⌘ cmd + tab , i want to switch to the sixth application , i just press ⌘ cmd + 6, the command tab will focus to the sixth application.

Just like switch tabs in chrome. use ⌘ cmd + number Is there a proper way to do this???

IS there any software can do this?? or system apis can do this??

  • You could set up each app on a different Space & use specific key commands to go to that Space. I use Ctrl/number. Trouble with wanting the 6th app is you have to look at which is currently 6th. Using Spaces means they're always the same number, once assigned.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 14:42

3 Answers 3


Manico is a App
Using Option + Number key to launch or switch to the target app in an extremely fast speed!

Feature List:

  • Beautiful OS X Style interface
  • Easy to call and easy to hide
  • Support using shortcuts to switch between running apps (Faster than ⌘
  • Tab)
  • Support customizing apps and shortcuts (Faster than Dock)
  • Support hiding the status icon to make menu bar clean

No, but if you use the mouse you can ⌘ cmd + tab and then click the one you want with the mouse.

  • use mouse is quick. but keyboard switch is better. is there a third party software support?? or any APIS??
    – 无止休
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 3:45

You could use Automator to create services that take no input and consist of "Launch Application" [your favorite app here], and then assign a keyboard shortcut to that service using System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services.

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