I am writing a LaTex document in a Terminal text editor, which is automagically rendered as a pdf in a Zathura window (which is drawn by XQuartz). Each window occupies half the screen.

I would like to be able to ⌘-tab between a maximized Firefox window and that pair of windows. Can this be done?

If this could be done if it weren't for the XQuartz rendering, I could switch to Skim (with a regular macOS window). I own BetterTouchTool and Alfred, if either might be useful in a way I have not thought of.

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You can achieve this by using multiple desktops on your Mac.

Start off by going into mission control (either swipe up with 4 fingers on your trackpad or press the f3 key) and then move your cursor to the top left of the screen and press the plus button. Drag the windows you want over to the new desktop then click on the new desktop and arrange the windows. You can quickly switch between desktops with cmd and he left or right arrow.

  • I thought of using desktops, but I find the switching delay/animation to be quite annoying. I can either use the default, where the screen "pans" to the side, or I can get a "crossfade" with Accessibility>Display>Reduce motion, but both are very slow. Any way to make it instant?
    – xxyxxyxyx1
    May 23, 2018 at 10:17
  • I know what you mean but I don't know of any solution. Sorry
    – ggco
    May 24, 2018 at 21:08

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