Switching Windows in Leopard

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  1. Rafe

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    Hi all

    Just a quick question..

    In Windows, I use Alt + Tab to switch windows that are open i.e. 2 Internet Explorer windows.

    I know Command + Tab switches App's but is there a keyboard shortcut to do this in Mac?

    I use my Mighty Mouse to show all open windows on the desktop but it's not the same. When using just the Macbook keyboard and trackpad, pressing Fn + F9 again shows all open windows but it's not the same as easily being able to switch windows.

    Any help appreciated!
     
  2. Tenex

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    There is, its Cmd-~ ... that will cycle through open windows in the present application, I guess use Cmd-Tab to get to the app you want then Cmd-~ to cycle through.

    Never remember to use it though!

    HTH
     
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    Press
    "fn f10" together

    regards
     
  4. Rafe

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    Cheers Tenex, another new thing learnt for the day!
     
  5. Tenex

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    It'll make me focus on using it for a few hours then I'll forget and go back to the mouse … c'est la vie!
     
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    Download and install Witch - replicates Windows Alt-Tabbing (and other things)
    essential imo
     
  7. Tenex

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    I've got it but could never get to grips with it always seemed there was a native OS shortcut that would do the same or if I created one in Witch it would overwrite an existing one.
     
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    I couldn't find an OSX key combo to replicate what Alt-Tab in Windows does...
    Witch solved it perfectly for me!
     
  9. Tenex

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    Its been a few years since I used a Win box but doesn't that just switch between apps? Can't quite recall.
     
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    Apps AND Windows within apps. So if 2 Excel docs open, Alt-Tab will let you pick either, something that cmd-tab (on OSX) doesn't do (i think!)
    Hence Witch - when i alt-tab i get list of apps and windows within those apps, just let go of keys when the bit i want is highlighted.

    I think this is what the OP was asking for, but I may just be rambling on :)
     
  11. Tenex

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    B*****D Firefox!!!

    Drafted a reply and as I posted the ******* app crashed again - its been happening for a week and more often than not on this forum...

    Anyway back to the subject in hand.

    You're right rafe17 did ask that. That key combo usage is the most popular for Witch users by far I think :D I suppose using Cmd-Tab and then Cmd-~ is using two different shortcuts but isn't so much different to Alt-Tab used twice.

    Anyway (before I was rudely exited) I was going to recommend an app I picked up in a bundle that seemed unimportant to me but is actually very useful - KeyCue - it displays a HUD/Web 2.0 style pop up when you hold down the Cmd key that details all the keyboard shortcuts for the present application. Truly really useful. Worth a look and probably even more useful for notebook users.
     
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    since having a mac and having expose, I feel no desire to want to switch apps via alt-tab. with four finger swipe it often brings up what looks like the app switcher, but for me its quicker to use expose or just click the icon in the dock if the app is in another space
     
  13. Tenex

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    I end up using a variety or methods - mostly because of my s530 Logitech combo. I have reprogrammed the external multimedia keys to the apps I want and put them in Spaces I choose so sometimes its a case of hitting a soft key in others its Cmd-Tab, but its rarely used. I prefer Hot Cornering Expose.

    I have to say I think that selecting via Hot Corners first Spaces and Expose looks really cool on my new 23" extended desktop alonside the iMac. Never get bored of seeing Spaces and then the apps spread via Expose …
     
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    The difference here is that on Windows you are using a Window-Switcher, and on the Mac you are using an Application-Switcher. If you ignore pallets and such, on Windows every window is an application, and on the Mac ever window is a document.
     
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    Well Cmd + ~ does the job Alt + Tab does in Windows so now I am happy. Not exactly the same but good enough.

    I also like the fact that in OS X, I can use Cmd + Tab to switch apps.
     
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    Another vote for Witch...Really really good application...I had to edit information from about 8 documents into one and even using a 30inch monitor I was running out of space....It helped by identifying exactly what each window was doing within word....Top
     
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    So I guess Windows' usage is less specific? In the sense its less discriminating.
     
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    Quick bump to this thread because I started 'thinking' again :D

    I am buying an iMac off the forum :eek: :D I heart the large tracking pad on my Aluminium Macbook. Swiping to expose and change focus, quick fingertip drag to the bottom left for spaces is so easy

    Can't see the keyboard being as so intuitive but I shall see
     
  19. Tenex

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    If you're used to doing it with your fingers do it via Hot Corners with your mouse - works for me.
     
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    another vote for the trackpad on the macbook air. it's damned annoying going back to a g4 powerbook and not having 2 fingered scrolling :(

    good tip on the cmd-~, i never knew that and it was bugging me :)
     
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    I did think of that, but let me expand...

    On my HP notebook I have the keyboard + logitech VX nano mouse. The mouse is great but I take my hand off the keyboard to navigate and do simple things that the large trackpad on the Macbook lets me do quickly
    On the other hand the mouse is more precise when you want it to be, say for example highlighting words in a document to change the formatting is a lot easier and quicker
    And the super scrolling wheel on the mouse is great

    But the large trackpad on the Macbook so close to the keyboard works seamlessly together for keyboard shortcuts and navigation (I use multiclutch and quicksilver for those who saw my posts)

    All give and take :p
     
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    OK had a bit of a play with the
    wired aluminium keyboard + wired mighty mouse / logitech vx nano

    First of all usb ports located in corners = genius. But I just cannot use the mighty mouse. Wired for a start, but the one button is difficult to use as it required more of a deliberate press than imagined. I have not encountered right click detection problems, but having to press the two side buttons together is clumsy

    VX Nano - the logitech software on mac is much better than on Windows. And I will be setting it up for expose and spaces shortcut with the extra buttons. Then change the search button to launch quicksilver when I download it :) Faster, buttons require less force to use, more responsive. So the key is buying a mouse so you do not have to hunt for the keyboard key :p

    I think if Apple made the aluminium keyboard + large trackpad area (stolen from new Macbook) to the side would be too mind-blowingly awesome
     
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    that would be genius :thumbsup:
     

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