Mac App Switcher Tips and Tricks

Most Mac users know how to use Command+Tab to use the app switcher. But did you know you can also hide and quit apps with the app switcher? You can also use the cursor to select an app and even drag and drop documents onto apps. By using other keys, you can navigate to a specific window or even a recently-opened document.

Comments: 10 Responses to “Mac App Switcher Tips and Tricks”

    Tommy
    8 months ago

    Gary, I like your new video format and production. Much better. Keep up the good work! – Tommy

    Rick Sovitzky
    8 months ago

    Just a general comment. I very much like your new ‘format’ or style of your videos. Do I detect some humor sneaking out now and then?

    Lorenz Rychner
    8 months ago

    (Cmd)-Shift doesn’t work for me to go backwards through displayed app icons, but left-arrow does. Mojave 10.14.4
    I like the up-arrow to display all open windows of a given app – very useful.

    8 months ago

    Tommy & Rick: Thanks!

    8 months ago

    Lorenz: Are you doing just Command+Shift? You need to do Command+Shift+Tab.

    Jerry Naples
    8 months ago

    I have taught macOS courses for years and always described the Application Switcher. But I learned 3 new features today. Thanks tons. More than worth my donation to your sponsor
    Jerry

    Terry Converse
    8 months ago

    I couldn’t get the up arrow to reveal and access multiple documents. I had opened 2 WORD files to test it out, and the up arrow process didn’t work.

    Bernard Remacle
    8 months ago

    Most useful tip on the App Switcher. I have been on Windows for 28 years. Bought my first Mac in September 2019.
    I find Gary’s tips and tutorials most practical, the videos are of just the right duration and the newsletters are great. Thank you for what you are doing, Gary…

    Bernard Remacle
    8 months ago

    correction to my above post: Bought my first Mac in September 2018.

    8 months ago

    Terry: Which version of macOS are you running? Did you try the down arrow or the 1 key too? How about when the app switcher was showing other apps?

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