I am coming from ubuntu. In Mac i notice that multiple browser windows or finder windows don't show up independently in task bar or task switcher. This is causing problems in many operations. Is there any switch to activate ungrouped windows?
I believe that you should try to adapt to a different workflow:
- You could press ⌘+` to cycle all the windows of the same application.
Note: this is not the apostrophe key, it's the backtick key.
Non-shifted tilde ~ left of z on a UK keyboard, left of 1 on US.
- Try App Exposé:
System Preferences → Trackpad → More Gestures → App Exposé to configure your preferred gesture.
I understand this is not a precise answer to your question, but I believe that switching from Win/Linux to Mac OS, involves some adaptation.
I think almost everyone here is missing the point. The question really has nothing to do with key bindings. It is completely centered around application 'grouping' and the granularity in which you can select an application. Having keyboard access to the individual windows is a secondary issue -- once the apps are accessible individually then we can hope for some key sequence to access each one quickly.
I have been a Windows user since Windows was invented and a developer even longer so I understand the massive numbers of windows and the desire for keyboard access. Every day I have a number of VMs open, usually 5 Chrome profiles open with as many as a a hundred or 2 tabs each, etc, etc....
So let me screenshot a small example on Windows:
- This is Grouped. See that each application is shoved into a pigeon hole (except Chrome which somehow lets you get around that).
I have had those same Chrome profiles pinned in the same position for years now and it is a dream to be able to click back and forth without thinking which is which, and with only ONE click, or even Alt+Tab between them.
I believe this is what the OP desires on the Mac.
With the MBP the boss decided I should have, none of that seems possible. I have to Right-Click, go up and find the profile I need, and click again. As far as I can tell, even using Cmd+Tab cannot granular enough for this. Thus making it impossible to flip back and forth quickly - which I do constantly...... Constantly!!!!!
One option I found
is to disable the Minimize windows into application icon option in Dock and Menu Bar Settings:
Frankly, in difference to another comment here, I find the Group windows by application in Mission Control settings a bit helpful. At least by opening the Mission Control view, the apps are close together and named rather than being strewn all over the screen.
Finally - to my answer
Currently, I have settled on the app called AltTab: https : / / alt-tab-macos . netlify . app Notice here that multiple copies of apps are separated: The apps are in order of last usage -- making it very simple to jump back and fourth between windows - no matter what app they belong to.
It has a lot of options for your own likings: (I don't have enough rep to post another screenshot)
THAT is really Cool !
You can even Close, Minimize, Maximize the windows directly from there.
I found that going to System Preferences -> Mission Control -> Then untick "Group windows by application"
Then using F3 shows all open windows. You still have to use the mouse to select, but I'd be surprised if that's not fast enough.
Also, leverage CMD + H for hiding applications you aren't using so when you press F3, there are fewer windows confusing your selection.