So, I used to be able to cycle through apps back and forth by holding cmdtab while pressing left/right arrow keys. I can't now that I've done a fresh install of Sierra. What happens now is when I press the arrow keys, the next or previous program opens up. I can't cycle anymore. Only tab does that now, and just in one direction.

I tried searching the net, hoping that there's just something in the preferences that I missed, but nothing close to it comes out. Help?

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    In reference to tab only going one direction, you can shift-tab whilst holding cmd to go left
    – grg
    Oct 5, 2017 at 13:25
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    Additionally, you can go left by pressing the back-tick (`) key while still holding the command key after pressing command+tab.
    – AJ Acevedo
    Oct 5, 2017 at 13:31
  • @grgarside Thanks for the shift-tab! It feels quite uncomfortable, but at least it's an alternative.
    – Helixfate
    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:52
  • @AJ. Thanks for this too! Unfortunately though, it also works like the left arrow key now. Once I press it, it opens up the previous window and doesn't let me cycle through in an opposite direction.
    – Helixfate
    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:55

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You can cycle through open applications by holding the Command key and tapping (but not holding) the Tab key.

As long as Command remains pressed you can use the or keys to cycle through open applications.

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