Is there a way (which does not cost a buck) to switch between windows across desktops with Option Tab? Not between apps, but between windows.

Meaning: if I have a Chrome window on desktop 1 and another on desktop 2, just by Option Tab'ing, I could switch across both.

  • This is not a duplicate at all. The accepted answer specifically states: "This only works if all windows are in the same Space". I don't want to click or use two different shortcuts, I just need to switch through all windows in all the spaces using alt+tab. There might not be any solution, but this is different that stating this has been answered already. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 16:17
  • Is there one that you know of that's a paid app?
    – Allan
    Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 17:10
  • I don't know any app that satisfies those requirements. This answer proposes multiple apps, but the free one do not do what I am looking for. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 18:01
  • Um.... apple.stackexchange.com/a/127414/263848 Commented Jun 24, 2018 at 17:20
  • I just noticed this too.... kinda lame. Maybe worth sending a feature requires to apple. Anyways there is a native workaround. If you go to System Prefs -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Mission Control, there you'll see Move to Desktop X and a shortcut for it. Enable them. Use them when you wanna switch to a window on a different desktop. As long as there is a windows on that Desktop it'll switch to the same app.
    – user14492
    Commented Jul 1, 2018 at 11:20

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Unfortunately I don't know a keyboard shortcut for that.

But using the mouse or trackpad, just click of the already active application icon in the dock. If that application has windows in various desktops, each click will cycle to the next desktop having some windows of that application.

  • That works, yes, but it's also unbearably cumbersome to switch between keyboard and mouse, which is why I'm keyboard shortcuts in the first place! Commented Mar 25, 2019 at 15:11
  • @Chris I agree. If you find out a keyboard shorcut I would be more than happy to hear about it ! In the meantime, I use that as I don't know any better way...
    – CuriousFab
    Commented Apr 15, 2019 at 13:44

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