Looking for an OS X add-on that will enable Windows-like (one-click) functionality for switching between different windows of a single application.

Example: I have 5 maximized Chrome windows open, and wish to switch to a specific window. My current options are Exposé, the "Window" file menu, and Cmd-`. None of them are ideal because they take more than one click to execute, which is why I miss the taskbar in Windows. (For those of you unfamiliar with the taskbar, it displays a list of all your system-wide open windows similarly to how tabs are displayed in modern browsers.

So basically, I want to see a list of all of my open windows, and be able to toggle between them with a single click.

  • What version of OSX are you using? Lion? Snow Leopard? Mar 15 '12 at 13:20
  • Also are you using a Mouse or Trackpad
    – markhunte
    May 3 '13 at 20:03

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Could perhaps HyperDock or DockView meet your needs?

  • +1 for HyperDock. If you like HyperDock, you might also like HyperSwitch from the same developer, especially if you prefer keyboard shortcuts. It's still in beta, but I haven't had any issues so far.
    – joelseph
    Mar 15 '12 at 16:33

try uBar, which is a Windows-style taskbar for OS X (I am the developer). Just set Window Grouping to Never in the preferences, and it will display each individual window in the bar.

uBar, the taskbar for OS X


Expose is the answer, you just need to configure it properly.

I use a trackpad (on my desktop mac!) and have a four finger swipe to bring up expose. With a mouse you might want to investigate activating expose with a screen corner or keyboard command (eg: left hand on the keyboard, right hand on the mouse).

Properly configured, expose is fast. It also gives you a bigger click target than the task bar.

There is no way to get the exact task bar functionality on OS X, you are going to have to learn a different workflow. But once you learn it, you'll be just as efficient.

  • False. Hyperdock provides the ability to pick different windows with just one click
    – Dante
    Dec 6 '13 at 19:13

Using your Chrome example,

Hold CTRL and click on Chrome icon on the dock, it will bring up a list of Chrome Window that is currently opened.


My solution to this is to not maximize windows: if I have one large window open in the middle, I'll leave ~50 pixels of open monitor on each side (less on the top) and I'll arrange ancillary windows (chat, terminal, Stickies, etc.) so various edges of them stick out beyond the edge of the big central window. Apps that have larger windows (browsers, email, etc.) that I access less-frequently I'll leave in the middle and click on the Dock icon to bring all of them forward and choose which one to use (usually, there's only one window in this sort of app in my normal usage).

If I have a ton of windows open in a certain app (usually BBEdit or Excel), I'll make sure none of them completely occlude another so I can, at the very least, get to any window in two clicks: one on the Dock icon and the second on an edge of the window I want; in some cases, I'll four-finger-swipe to get Exposé and then click on the document window I want.


I haven't seen anything quite what ur looking for, but Witch does a good job of rotating through all open windows whether they are minimized or not.


iTaskbar is a product that I'm affiliated with, so be sure to check out other's reviews of it. At the moment it's the only product in this category since creating a taskbar on OS X is not as trivial as on other operating systems. ;)

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We hope it will be helpful to all those people who, just like us, need a taskbar to work efficiently.

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After trying MANY doc style products, at the suggestion of someone earlier in this post, I trued uBar. (I am in no way affiliated with uBar, just a new customer).

My particular circumstances require a working doc on multiple screens (I have 4 total, including my laptop screen). The majority of the tool bars out there just remake the Mac Doc, which is ok, but has erratic behavior when you move from one screen to another.

uBar is the first window doc I have found that will put a doc on EVERY screen, which for me is a HUGE win. It will reduce and expand windows with a single click and change from one app to the other easily. This doc essentially mimics a windows toolbar even down to having a quick launch area on the bottom right with the date and time. (DATE!!!) I have been a flustered Mac user for years because of companies that choose to use Mac over PC for the employees, but have been a windows users since Windows 3.1 really.

If you are a windows user crossing to Mac, this will ease your passage.


And don't forget that holding down option when clicking between different application windows (or to the Desktop) will hide the app you're clicking out of. If you're a OOTMOOTK (one on the mouse, one on the keyboard) type user, it makes a world of difference.


I do not have a mouse so cannot test using one.

With a Trackpad

You can use a gesture to swipe the "Application's Exxposé"

The "Application's Exposé" shows you thumbnails and scaled windows of the current Application.

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Or if you hover over any app in the dock which has open windows (does not have to be the currently active) and use the gesture "Application's Exposé" will show you the windows for that app.

You can then click into one of them or gesture back to your current app.

Setup the gesture in the Trackpad preference pane in System Preferences

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Using the keyboard

You can do the same by setting a hot key to replace the gesture part. But it will only show the current apps windows.

This is set under the Application Windows in Mission Control preference pane in System Preferences.

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You might also want to check out Contexts: https://contexts.co. It seems to do a better job of finding all the windows than other things I've tried in the past.

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