Fast App/Window Control


If you’re power hungry:

Multi-tasking? Single task, but still Multi-Apping.

Moving between apps is a huge pain point of a productive workflow. There’s just not much real estate, and only one plane to show it on.

Key to the short-cuts listed here is understanding the current context, that is, what app are you currently ‘in’. The current app is always the one listed by name in the upper left (next to the Apple logo).

This is true regardless of what window appears to be on top of the screen. Be wary of this! Sometimes you can unwittingly Quit the wrong app entirely!

Command + Tab = your new bfff.

Right now:

  1. Hold Command
  2. Press Tab
  3. Don’t let go of Command

You’ll see a happy little list of icons before you, and notably, the second icon is selected.

These are your open applications, in the order of your most recent use of them. Whichever of these is selected when you let go of command becomes the app currently in focus.

If the app is another space, or full-screen mode, you’ll move moved to that location (as long as the app has an open window).

Pro tips:

Command + ~ (tilda)

If you have many windows open for the same application, command + ~ (reverse with shift) will rotate those windows to the top of the stack.

Quite useful if you want to break your chrome tabs out into different buckets.

Hide: Command + h

This hides the current application from view (including Mission Control!). Great for dropping Messages or Slack into the abyss when your boss is behind you.

Don’t worry, you can easily restore it with Command + Tab and selecting it. Like it was never gone.

Quitting isn’t for Closers