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Keyboard shortcut for switching between application windows in OS X

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Newcomers to OS X who already had some ease with other operating systems and the use of keyboard shortcuts often find the first change shocking, the keyboard shortcut for switching between open windows . On Windows we use ALT + Tab and so switch between the different windows. In OS X this is also possible but it is not the intuitive combination that many of us imagine.

Keyboard shortcut for switching between application windows in OS X
Keyboard shortcut for switching between application windows in OS X

We all know that in OS X the shortcuts are usually the same with the difference of changing the CTRL key to Command. But of course, there are still shortcuts that have a different behavior. An example is the one used to switch between windows. A priori we would use the Command-Tab combination but that shortcut is changing between the different open applications.

To switch between the open windows of Finder or Safari we will have to use another shortcut. OS X defines as a keyboard shortcut to switch between windows the following key combination Command + ‘key focusing on the next window.

Since I personally don’t find it comfortable to always use the change. To do this, go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts. There, on Center in the next window we double click and set the desired combination. I change it to ALT + Command + Tab. Now I can quickly switch between applications as well as active windows of that application with one hand.

And if you like to handle as many aspects of the system as possible with the keyboard, we can also move between the buttons of an application. To do this, from that same section of the System Preferences we check the option All controls.

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