Switching Between Apps

Learn how to switch between apps on your Mac. You can use the Dock to launch and switch between running apps. You can also click on windows to bring a document window from an app to the front. There are keyboard shortcuts for switching between apps as well. You can also use Mission Control to view which apps are running and choose one to bring to the front.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Switching Between Apps”

    Jan Wille
    5 years ago

    Hi. When I click Cmd+Tab, the Switcher appears, and when I keep Cmd pressed and click Tab, I move along the Switcher from app to app. However, when I release both Cmd and Tab, the highlighted app does not start and nothing else happens and the screen stays unchanged. How come. I run 10.9.1.

      5 years ago

      I can’t think of why that would happen.. Try it with different apps. Try a restart and see if that helps. Experiment.

        Jan Wille
        5 years ago

        I have tried different apps, I have tried restart, but still the same. Could it be my keyboard – Logitech Wireless Keyboard K750?

          5 years ago

          I doubt it, but if you could try another keyboard to see that would eliminate the possibility. Maybe check to see if you have any accessibility preferences turned on that would get in the way. Otherwise, have an expert take a first-hand look and perhaps they will spot the problem right away.

    Doug Lindal
    5 years ago

    I used to use Tab Command, but now like to put my primary apps into different Spaces (screens) and just swipe back and forth between them using my Trackpad. This would also work with the new Magic Mouse. I admit I sometimes have to use Tab Command or Mission Control to find apps buried on different Spaces!

    Tom Abbott
    5 years ago

    When I have an application minimized to the dock and then I navigate to it using Cmd+Tab the application does not restore out of the dock. I’m using 10.9. This is one area that I feel MS Windows a better job.

      5 years ago

      Minimizing applies to document windows, not applications. So when you have all of the documents minimized in an application, and you bring the application to the from with Command+Tab, the application is now in the front and can accept commands and such. But the document windows stay minimized.
      If your intention is to hide the application, then use Hide instead of minimizing the document windows.

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