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The UI element that appears when cmd-tab is keyed in and allows switching between all open applications.

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Macbook opens desktop instead of opening the app that I clicked in the dock

When I have some full screen apps in the dock and I try to open one of them (by clicking at it in the Dock) my Macbook sometimes (it happens randomly) opens desktop instead of the app I need. So I ...
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While having 'When switching to an application, switch to…' enabled, disable it temporarily (or for a particular application)

This question is effectively a generalized form of Open new terminal window in current space, regardless of other open terminals in other spaces. Also similar is AppleScript: Open a new window in ...
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How to switch app only on active display (not on both displays at the same time)

I have an external monitor connected to my Mac Pro. Both displays have separate Spaces. I usually have 2 Firefox windows on both displays (1 on my Mac and 1 on my external monitor) and 2 programming ...
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Make a single keystroke shortcut for Command+Tab to switch applications?

I'd like to use a single keystroke to invoke the Application Switcher (Command+Tab). How can I do this?
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How to change the default behaviour so that CMD + Tab brings the app on top? [duplicate]

I have many apps. CMD + Tab is the fastest way to switch (me using keyboard only) BUT It is rubbish because it does not bring the application on top. After some search, apparently this is a feature ...
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How do I change the name of an app in CMD + TAB switcher?

On my Mac, I want to run two instances of an app, each in a different Space. However, when I use command + tab I see all apps (not limited to the current Space) and both app instances have the same ...
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How to achieve direct window switching

I recently got a Mac for work, and one thing is really bothering me. For windows and linux there is a concept called "direct window switching," which allows changing windows without regard ...
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Switch focus to another app automatically after closing last Finder window

Is there a way to automatically switch the focus to another app after closing the last Finder window? The default behavior is to stay focused on Finder, yet it has no windows open. I tend to ⌘W the ...
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When focusing a window on a second display, is there are way to move the mouse as well?

I have two displays; I work on one and would like to play a game requiring some minimal interaction on the second (Loop Hero). The macOS cmd+tab can focus the window on the second display, but the ...
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Can you tell iTerm2 profiles top-level windows to never show up in Cmd-Tab?

I use a primary iTerm2 window, and some further iTerm2 windows which display specific information (e.g., like a dashboard). They live in well-visible positions on my screen, and do their own thing non-...
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cmd-tab to chrome always opens the second Chrome window

I'm new to macbook after being a linux user for years. One thing i'm finding annoying is this: in Chrome, let's say I have two windows open, each with a few tabs. (A regular window and an incognito ...
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How to limit application windows to only windows in the active desktop/workspace?

In Mission Control, there's the Application windows keybinding setting, which when invoked shows all windows from your current application, across all of your desktops. Is there a way to somehow ...
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Default app window you land on when cmd+tab between apps on multiple monitor setup

I have a question regarding tab switching on MacOS. Basically, I have a main monitor connected to my macbook, which I use for work and my macbook screen is used primarily for playing media in a ...
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Command Tab Shows Closed Windows? [closed]

I just got done setting up my Mac Book. When I do command + tab windows that have been closed and are not selectable (Or if I select one nothing happens ...) still show up in the list of apps to ...
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Cmd+Tab jumps to previous used Space

I typically use around 10-12 Spaces and I'm having problems with the Cmd+Tab App Switcher to navigate from one program to another. This is what is happening: Press Cmd+Tab Press Tab as many times as ...
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Show window preview when switching windows of the SAME app

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 ...
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Using CMD+Tab two switch between applications focuses the wrong window in the selected application

Say I’m in Chrome and I have three Chrome windows open. Window #2 is focused. I CommandTab to Apple Mail (or any other open program), then CommandTab back to Chrome and Window #1 is now focused. This ...
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Application windows change order when app switching

Has anyone else noticed this apparent bug in Big Sur (11.0.1)? I've seen it now while using two different apps (Terminal and OmniOutliner). For example, I'm working in Terminal and I have two windows ...
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How to send app to end of App Switcher list?

When you use command ⌘ + tab ⇥ to change to another application in App Switcher, that app is moved to the front of the stack. Is there a way to send an app to the tail of the stack, other than the ...
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Reuse Cmd+Tab for hammerspoon application switcher

I set up hammerspoon and use hs.window.switcher as mentioned in the docs. I.e. switcher_space = hs.window.switcher.new(hs.window.filter.new():setCurrentSpace(true):setDefaultFilter{}) hs.hotkey.bind('...
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disable COMMAND+TAB app switcher in 10.15

The other questions asking the same thing are from many years ago and for different versions of MacOS. Is it possible to completely disable the COMMAND+TAB shortcut for the app switcher? I want to ...
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Get a menu of windows that are open with command-` like you have with command-tab

This is one of my biggest frustrations on mac, Im thinking about disabling nested windows because of it- if thats even possible When I hold command-tab I see a nice menu of the open apps I have. I can ...
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How do I set Command-Tab as the trigger for Witch?

I'm using the app switcher, Witch, and I can't figure out how to set it to activate on Command-Tab. When I try to capture the keys, the OS switches apps on me. I can set Witch to activate on Option-...
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How can I take a screenshot of the app switcher in macOS?

Pressing Cmd + Tab brings up the application switcher in macOS. I'd like to take a screenshot of this view. I've tried: Opening the app switcher with Cmd + Tab, holding Cmd, and then pressing Shift ...
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Some App Instances cannot be focused

So, assume I have 4-5 instances of an app running on different monitors (in this case, using DisplayLink Manager). Some times, some of the instances cannot be switched to anymore. When I right-click ...
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macOS: App icon shows up in app switcher even if instance is closed

On macOS, when I invoke the app switcher by using the keyboard shortcut Cmd + Tab, I see an array of app instances. If I select an instance and release the keys, sometimes the instance doesn't open up....
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Command tab switching to unexisting window

Command tab is not working properly anymore, it works pretty randomly. If I switch several time between 2 fullscreen applications, sometimes it comes back to the desktop when no application is open, ...
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Pin an Application to the screen

Question Is there any way to pin an application on to the screen in macOS? Description I am looking for a way to pin an application to the screen. I mostly work on two external displays and I ...
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Shortcuts for the application switcher in OS X

When I press Cmd + Tab in OS X (e.g. Catalina) I can access what I believe Apple calls "the application switcher". Is there an entry for this shortcut in the System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts ...
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Command+Tab switches windows in Mac OS rather than the ones inside Amazon WorkSpaces

I have latest Amazon WorkSpaces installed which I use to connect to my client desktop. I previously had Windows machine. There, if I was inside Amazon WorkSpaces and I pressed Alt+Tab, I was able to ...
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Dual monitor: losing focus on terminal app when using cmd+tab

Webdeveloper here. This is the situation: I have two sceens, on screen one there is a terminal window running my webserver on screen two there is a terminal window where I type my commands and there ...
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Macbook: How to enable switching applications with command+tab after switching control and command?

I'm trying to have the same keys as my windows (I use both windows & mac). The only thing I'm not able to achieve is switching applications with command & tab. I've switched command & ...
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Chrome apps are not treaded as standalone applications, what leads to app-switching problems

I am using OSX and Chrome-Apps for many years now, but there is one issue that still annoys me and that happens on OSX only and is no issue on Linux or Windows. The problem is that Chrome-Apps are not ...
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Application switcher - Only switch windows open in the current desktop

Can I customize the behavior of the application switcher to only show windows from the current desktop? Example: If I have only one chrome window open, which is on desktop 1, and I am using desktop 3, ...
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OSX Language switch as in windows?

How to make OSX behave the same way as Windows in regards to multiple keyboard languages (drives me crazy)? In Windows, each app starts with default language, unless you have chosen a new language ...
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Change shortcut for switching to the next most recently used app among your open apps in MacOS

From the Mac keyboard shortcuts page I found shortcut for switching to the next most recently used app among your open apps : Command-Tab. I want to change it to Option-Tab. Does anyone know name of ...
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Rename application so I can search for it with spotlight

Is there a way to rename an application so I can search for it with Spotlight? I don't see a rename option there.
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macOS App Switcher, transparency and Dark Mode?

I recently switched to macOS Mojave Dark Mode, and I like many aspects of it. But there's one thing that really gives me trouble, i.e., using the App Switcher in front of a window that is mainly dark/...
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How to switch from from the active application on monitor 1 to the active application on monitor 2 via keyboard

TL;DR: I am typing notes into a full-screen notepad on monitor 1. I want to switch to typing into the visible, full-screen application shown on monitor 2 without using the mouse. (I know I could just ...
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Application Switcher showing up on wrong monitor display

I have an early 2015 MacBook Pro running macOS Sierra. I also have two Dell UltraSharp Infinity Edge monitors connected to it via two Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort outputs. In the System Preferences, ...
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MacOS: Add browser tab (i.e. Gmail) to application switcher?

I use Gmail for email in my Google Chrome browser. Is there a way to make Gmail appear as an application that I can choose using the application switcher invoked with Cmd + Tab?
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Switch windows of an application across desktops

Is there a way (which does not cost a buck) to switch between windows across desktops with Option Tab? Not between apps, but between windows. Meaning: if I have a Chrome window on desktop 1 and ...
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Switching between tabs within the same Window in an app

I am trying to switch between tabs within the same window in apps running on my MacBook Air. What keyboard shortcut can I use to perform the switch conveniently?
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How are iOS apps actually opened from their sleep state?

I have noticed that when I open an app from the App Switcher it actually shows me a screenshot of the latest state of the app instead of showing me the real app. Can someone clarify the process of ...
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How to change the app switching keyboard shortcut from the standard Cmd + Tab key to Cmd + Eject key combo?

I would like to change the Cmd + Tab hotkey to Cmd + Eject. I use a Mac Aluminium keyboard with the eject key, which is only present on external keyboards. I would like to try this key combination, ...
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Some Apps Appear in Mission Control but Not in the Application Switcher

I was wondering why there is a discrepancy between the apps and windows that appear in Mission Control, versus those that show up in the application switcher (CMD+TAB). Mission Control always seem to ...
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Switching applications with CMD+TAB launches an instance of the target app

For a while now, every time that I try to switch an application using cmd+tab when I stay in the target application for more than a couple of milliseconds, when I lift my fingers, a new instance of ...
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How to Command-Tab to a specific Safari window running in full screen

I wish to switch between Eclipse IDE (not running in full-screen mode) and a tutorial running in Safari (in full-screen mode). Whenever I Command + Tab from Eclipse to Safari I am not taken to the ...
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Show application switcher on all connected displays

Is there a way to see the application switcher (the one pops up when hitting ⌘+⇥ / CMD+TAB) on all connected displays?
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Are these 4 accessibility&productivity related desktop feature available on macOS Sierra? [closed]

I switched from Linux to macOS Sierra not long ago. There are some handier features of KDE plasma over macOS. I want to know if there are alternatives for macOS. ( Better free if available ) mouse ...