I'm pretty new to macOS and today I tried to find out how to maximize a window as I cycle through them using Command+Tab.

Here I found that I can maximize window just clicking alt before I release cmd.But I'd like to have Windows/Ubuntu like behaviour.

Is there any way to always hold alt key automatically so that any toggled window will be maximized? Is there any way to adjust so through standard macOS settings or through third party software, e.g. such as BetterTouchTool?

  • Do you actually mean maximise, or restore?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 14:48
  • He wants "alt" to be pressed automatically when releasing the ⌘Tab shortcut, without having to press it himself
    – Oion Akif
    Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 15:31
  • @Tetsujin I'm not sure which word suits better, but here is the scenario: e.g. you work with chrome and then minimize it by cmd+M. I want to be able to switch back using just cmd+tab (not cmd+alt+tab) Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 20:57
  • Ah, OK. tbh it's a situation I simply avoid. I have 6 Spaces across 2 screens, so 12 'desktops' in all. I put specific apps in specific places & toggle between them using the Spaces shortcut keys. No minimising or Cmd/Tab required; I just go straight to the Space for the app I need.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 6:33

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AltTab may help you here. It still not a solution for the native Cmd+Tab.

But you will be able to replace it by setting the new shortcut Cmd+Tab.

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