I have just started to use the command+(Shift)+tab shortcut for switching between apps.
The issue with this is a few applications that I have open, I hardly use or have them open in the background (I still want them open).

Is it posible to remove some of the applications from the command+tab menu whilst still having them open and accessible via the Dock?

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I'm pretty sure the Dock and App switcher are linked together, you can't get what you want. It's unfortunate because many apps are simply background apps that are irrelevant in people's day to day workflow.

You can however, opt for a 3rd party Window Switcher, which can be configured to not show applications that have no open windows. Some people like Witch, I very much like contextsformac. I have it setup as OptionTab, but you can replace CommandTab entirely if you want.

  • Could you edit your post to contain the links to the applications please?
    – iProgram
    Oct 2, 2015 at 19:40
  • I should also add that a workaround in terms of ease of use might be to press and hold command + tab and then use mouse or touchpad to select which app to go to (rather than having to hold command and hit tab repeatedly). Jan 25, 2018 at 18:09
  • superuser.com/questions/297291/… Sep 10, 2022 at 10:03

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