How do I switch between open windows?

Command+Tab switches between opened applications, but for example, when I open preferences-window of BetterTouchTool I don't get it shown via Command+Tab.

4 Answers 4


Cmd+` will allow you to switch between the open windows of the current application. Very useful.

  • Yep, I'm familiar with this keyboard shortcut, however it won't help in this situation.
    – Anonymous
    Jul 30, 2012 at 16:29
  • @Anonymous What about CMD+<?
    – gentmatt
    Jul 30, 2012 at 17:32
  • @Anonymous I was trying to write the tilda key, the one that is right above the tab key.
    – de_an777
    Jul 30, 2012 at 17:55
  • Yep, and it does not work on a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I'm also used to the Cmd+` shortcut (Cmd+# on my Azerty keyboard). Sep 15, 2012 at 18:00
  • What a useful key combination!Thank you for posting this!
    – skiabox
    May 13, 2013 at 10:35

By default (on a clean install of Mountain Lion), there is a keyboard shortcut "Move focus to active or next window", ^F4, which worked for activating the BetterSnapTool preference window (which is the same deal, activating a window in an app that doesn't have a dock icon).enter image description here


If you want to switch between windos within ONE application, you rather want to use the "Move focus to next window" command, 3 lines below the marked line in the screenshot above.


Shortcut key to switch between opened windows is Alt+Tab

Regards Shefali

  • 4
    Are you sure you are not confusing OS X and Windows here?
    – nohillside
    Dec 15, 2012 at 13:19

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