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Best app to switch between all open windows (alternatives to Witch)

I would like to see all the windows, including from the same app, when I switch between them (command+tab). See an example from Ubuntu (image attached).

I know this may raise an issue of distinguishing between the same app windows. For that, there is a solution - a preview and the title of the window - see Ubuntu's static switcher (image attached).

I know the preview feature (F3 or fn+F3) but I can't continue choosing the right app using the keyboard and it's way slower than command+tab.


Ubuntu's static app switcher

  • Whoever down votes the question, please explain, so the question could be improved. Thanks. – AlikElzin-kilaka Nov 10 '12 at 11:52
  • BTW, I'm new to mac and trying to adapt to it (relatively successfully) but the app switching is killing me. – AlikElzin-kilaka Nov 10 '12 at 11:55
  • I did not downvote the question, but if I were to make a guess, I think it is because of its style "How can I make OSX behave like Ubuntu?". – gentmatt Nov 10 '12 at 12:05
  • @gentmatt - Ubuntu is just an example, because I know it. All I want is to switch between all the windows at the same time and just applications. – AlikElzin-kilaka Nov 10 '12 at 12:54
  • Why not just use Cmd + ` (Command tilde)? That's just above tab and works perfectly. – bassplayer7 Nov 10 '12 at 13:59

What you are trying to achieve is not provided by OS X and I don't know if a third-party application would be able to interfere this deeply in the window management.

You have two options:

  1. ( +) + to switch between apps
  2. ( +) +` to switch between windows of one app in one desktop

Option two is configurable in System Preferences → Keyboard → Keyboard & Text Input → Move focus to next Window.

You can still achieve something similar to what you have in Ubuntu by using Mission Control and not choosing the option Group windows by applications in:
System Preferences → Mission Control → Group windows by applications

Then define a gesture to use initiate Mission Control for all individual Windows in:
System Preferences → Trackpad → More Gestures → Mission Control

Note that there is also an option for App Exposé which is like Mission Control for just one application.

  • I don't understand how will this offer me an option to switch between the windows (using the keyboard) and not just between the apps. Also, I don't see the grouping option in the Preferences. – AlikElzin-kilaka Nov 10 '12 at 12:56
  • @kilaka The answer merely says that Mission Control offers something similar and suggests using the multi-touch trackpad for navigation. The grouping option is only available in Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8). You can also use keys to initiate Mission Control in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcut -> Mission Control -> Mission Control – gentmatt Nov 10 '12 at 13:06

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