I've recently switched to MacOS from Ubuntu, and have been trying to replicate my usual keyboard shortcuts for window management. I'm using Cmd+` to switch between windows of the same app, but when doing so, I can't see which window I'm switching to until I've already made the switch!

In Ubuntu, it works a bit differently: it shows a preview of all open windows for the current application. See below: Ubuntu app switcher

Note the preview of each Terminal window. This allows me to Cmd+` around until I find the window I'm looking for.

Is there any way to add this functionality to macOS?


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F11 will show all current application windows. left/right arrows will step through them. Enter will select.

This is a subset of Shortcut for toggling between different windows of same app? which you can invoke similarly from the Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ app switcher, except in that case you use the down arrow to switch you into this mode.

If you'd find Cmd ⌘ better all round, you can change that in System Prefs > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control - though you can't do the inverse & make both F11

If your habit is to always go right for Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ every time, then you can quickly do left, down to flip through windows in the existing app.
You call as to which you might prefer.


Press Control ⌃ + Mission Control/F3 to switch between windows of the same app.

Alternatively, press Option ⌥ + Mission Control/F3 to open Mission Control in System Preferences. Make note of what's under "Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts": enter image description here To switch between application windows of the same app, the default keyboard shortcut is Control ⌃ +

After pressing Control ⌃ + , you should be able to see all open windows of the current app, and switch to one by either point-clicking or by using the arrow keys and pressing Enter.

Note that this doesn't work when an app is in full screen.

An aside: F11 (Usually fn+F11 if your function keys have default behaviour) shows desktop, by default. Command ⌘ + Mission Control/F3 does the same thing.

  • I'm slightly confused by this - though admittedly it's been many years since I saw the default key commands for any of this. I think many of the key commands you're talking about are the 'special function' keys, not the actual F-keys, so this is going to be dependant on whether you use them as defaults. Show desktop on F11 is the true F-key, so you'd need to add Fn to have it work the same as your other commands. [This is one reason I never use the special function keys;)
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 19, 2021 at 14:19
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    Edited my answer to refer to the Mission Control key as Mission Control key
    – aklh
    Commented Mar 20, 2021 at 0:54

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