On your Mac, do any of the following: Switch to the previous app: Press Command-Tab. Scroll through all open apps: Press and hold the Command key, press the Tab key, then press the Left or Right arrow key until you get to the app you want.Release the Command key. If you change your mind while scrolling through the apps and don’t want to switch apps, press Esc (Escape) or the Period key, then. Dec 31, 2014 My keyboard preferences are configured to Send Control Character using Control, and Send Alt Character using Command (left). Despite this, the 'Alt' functionality does not work - when I press command (left) + tab, there's no response (only the tab function works). I would really appreciate a solution to this dilemma.
If you use your Mac for more than browsing the occasional website or checking email, chances are you're working with multiple windows at a time — you might have seven Safari windows open with multiple tabs, a couple instances of your text editor of choice, a Messages window, Photoshop running in the background … I could go on. The point is all those windows start to get in the way, keeping you from completing the work you set out to do when you sat down at your Mac. With a few keyboard shortcuts, some trackpad and mouse gestures, and apps for managing your windows, you can take control of your workspace on macOS.
There are several shortcuts that can help you navigate macOS without ever having to lift your fingers from the keyboard.
You can use your Mac's trackpad or a Magic Mouse to activate certain shortcuts for windows management.
Mission Control is one of the best ways to manage your windows on macOS. It's built in at the system level and available with the tap of a key, the swipe of your trackpad, or the tap of your mouse. It gives you an overview of all your open windows, full-screen apps, and Spaces — making it quick and convenient to switch between them.
How do you activate Mission Control? Let me count the ways:
Mission Control allows you to create Spaces. Spaces are essentially different iterations of your desktop that can all display different apps, windows, and Split Views. If you find your current desktop is getting a little crowded but you don't want to close the apps and windows you've got open, you can create a brand new Space to work with. Some people will even create Spaces for different tasks — you might have your Space for writing, your Space for browsing the web, and your Space for editing photos.
Click the Add Space icon (looks like a plus sign) to add a Space.
Drag a window of your choice to a desktop Space in the Spaces bar.
Click and drag a Space left or right in the Spaces bar.
Hold down the Option (⌥) key and click the Close icon (looks like an X) next to the Space you want to close.
Windows within the Space you're closing won't be closed; they'll be moved to another open Space.
Sometimes you want a more focused workspace. Split View in macOS lets you fill your screen with two apps, placed side by side. Here are some things you'll need to know if you're going to be working in Split View:
You can also bring an app into Split View using Mission Control. Simply launch Mission Control and drag a window onto the full-screen app Space.
Note: Some apps don't support Split View on macOS. You'll find a zoom button (looks like a green plus sign) in place of the full-screen button.
While in Split View, click the full-screen button on one of the windows.
Sometimes the built-in offerings just aren't powerful enough for your needs. In that case, there are some third-party apps that can help you keep your windows exactly where you want them. Here are four of the most-popular, well-rated offerings from the Mac App Store!
Magnet is a lightweight windows management tool that helps you snap your windows into predefined spaces. By dragging a window to the edge of your screen, Magnet will resize the window to half of your screen; drag a window to the corner of your screen and Magnet will resize the window into a quarter of your screen. Along with drag functionality, Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts.
Here are the features Magnet supports:
Supports up to six external displays
Magnet - $0.99 - Download now
Moom is a powerful tool for moving, snapping, and zooming your windows. You can use keyboard shortcuts and hotspots to snap your windows into predefined spaces. Moom also lets you create and save window layouts so you needn't recreate your perfect desktop setup every time you head back to your Mac.
Here are the features Moom supports:
Keyboard controls: Skip the clicking and dragging; use the keyboard controls to trigger your Moom tools.
Moom - $9.99 - Download now
Divvy is a windows management tool that approaches things a little differently. Instead of focusing on edge-snapping and predefined sizes, Divvy uses a grid system that lets you quickly 'divvy up' your screen real estate for the apps and windows you've got open.
You click on a window and then click and drag in the Divvy interface (a grid that represents your screen) to tell the app where to place your window. It's a quick, time-saving tool that focuses on quickly and easily organizing your windows across the available area of your screen.
Here are the features Divvy supports:
Supports keyboard shortcuts
Divvy - $13.99 - Download now
BetterSnapTool is all about that edge-snapping. Drag your windows to one of the four corners or the top, left, and right sides of the screen to quickly resize and position your windows accordingly. BetterSnapTool lets you take edge-snapping a little further — it features custom snap areas that you can create anywhere on your display in order to create your own sizing presets.
Here are the features BetterSnapTool supports:
Support for multiple monitors
BetterSnapTool - $3.99 - Download now
Do you use any specific apps, tools, or keyboard shortcuts to manage your windows on macOS? Learn anything new from this piece? Gimme a shout in the comments with your thoughts, ideas, and questions!
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