This is one of my biggest frustrations on mac, Im thinking about disabling nested windows because of it- if thats even possible

When I hold command-tab I see a nice menu of the open apps I have. I can see the app Im going to switch to directly

Now if I want to switch between windows of the same app I just have command-` which sucks because I cant hold it to see a menu of windows that are open. If I've got 3+ windows of my IDE open this is shitty and frustrating because I have to cycle through until I get to the window I want. I cant, like I can with command-tab, see a menu and then go directly to the right window

Is there any 3rd tool that does this or a mac feature Im not familiar with?

  • thats almost what I want but I really like the behaviour of command-tab. just hitting the same thing to cycle one way and then shift to cycle back instead of hitting command-down and then using arrow keys. basically the same behaviour as command+` but with a menu like command-tab
    – red888
    Jul 31, 2020 at 15:58
  • There are 3rd party app switchers such as Contexts, SwitchGlass, and Witch. But I think Witch might be exactly what you are looking for. It replaces the macOS App Switcher and it understands Apps have multiple windows. Jul 31, 2020 at 23:05

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See the Mission Control System Preference for options to display windows.

"Application Windows" shows you just the windows for that application. The default key is either F4 or CTRL down.

Mission Control shows you all the windows in each Desktop Space, which you can select to be grouped together by application or not.

  • Or use tabs, then all the titles are visible.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 31, 2020 at 15:54
  • ctrl+down is almost what I want. Is there a shortcut that works like command+tab where you hit it to cycle through apps? its a little wonky to hit ctrl+down and then use arrow keys- maybe im doing it wrong
    – red888
    Jul 31, 2020 at 15:57
  • You can click on the window you want. If you want to cycle through windows, then use Command backtick - but I thought you didn't want that!
    – benwiggy
    Jul 31, 2020 at 16:03
  • I want command+` but with a menu like command+tab has. maybe there is a way to remap command+` to send ctrl+down first and then send left or right with shift to change?
    – red888
    Jul 31, 2020 at 16:04
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    Just keep pressing the right arrow to cycle through the windows.
    – benwiggy
    Jul 31, 2020 at 16:07

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