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Old Mar 27, 2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Easier way to multitask between open stuff on iMac like Safari, Mail etc..?

I know there is the four finger swipe in a Trackpad from the bottom to top where it'll show you the open applications and you then click what you want to go to. It still takes a bit of work to do especially if you're bouncing in and out of your mail and Safari a lot. How do you navigate through your open apps easier?

Do people set up a easier keyboard or gesture shortcut via BTT?
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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I know there is the four finger swipe in a Trackpad from the bottom to top where it'll show you the open applications and you then click what you want to go to. It still takes a bit of work to do especially if you're bouncing in and out of your mail and Safari a lot. How do you navigate through your open apps easier?

Do people set up a easier keyboard or gesture shortcut via BTT?
If you're bouncing between 2 apps such as Mail and Safari, Command-Tab is a very quick way to switch between the two. I also set up a hot corner to show all windows with a simple move of the mouse.
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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The easiest way to switch to another open application is to hold down Command + Tab and continually press Tab to cycle through the active applications. The Shift key can be used to cycle through in the opposite direction.
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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The easiest way to switch to another open application is to hold down Command + Tab and continually press Tab to cycle through the active applications. The Shift key can be used to cycle through in the opposite direction.
Can I do something similar like this with a gesture in the Trackpad? What would the action be? I'm thinking something like a swipe from the top to left and/or right to toggle between open apps would be cool. I would rather a gesture than messing about with a combination of keys

Thx for the reply guys
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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I've not used it but you could try MagicPrefs.
http://magicprefs.com
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 10:18 PM   #6
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On Track Pad a 4 finger swipe left to right or right to left will switch between open aplications
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 10:24 PM   #7
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I have hot corners set in BTT, all single clicks or taps. Left corner is Safari, right is email, upper left is App Store and upper right is Itunes. Works great, the click or tap will either open the app if it is closed or switch to the app if it is open.
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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Command+Tab IS the easiest IMO. Straight to the point.

Mission Control, Hot Corners, Gestures, etc. All are just eye candy. LOL
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 10:47 PM   #9
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A four finger horizontal swipe on the track pad will easily take you from ap to ap or desktop to desktop.

I always have email, safari, calendar and iTunes open in full-screen mode on adjacent desktops, always in the same order. It is therefore very fast and easy to just swipe over to the one I want.

The control + arrow keyboard technique is probably the next easiest way.
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Old Mar 27, 2013, 11:37 PM   #10
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 01:08 AM   #11
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On Track Pad a 4 finger swipe left to right or right to left will switch between open aplications
No it doesn't.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 02:58 AM   #12
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No it doesn't.
Yes it does if you maximise the open apps! (Full screen)
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 04:38 AM   #13
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This is one of my frustrations with the Mac. Command-Tab doesn't work exactly the same as it does on the PC (Alt-Tab).

In Windows, doing such switching always brings the current window to foreground regardless of it's state. In OS X, this isn't always so.

For instance, right now as I am typing this reply, I have only Safari, 1Password and of course, the Finder open. But as I Command-Tab around, no matter which I choose, the Safari window is always on top in the foreground. Why? Because the other two applications windows are minimized. I understand the logic here but this is not expected functionality as far as I'm concerned.
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 09:12 AM   #14
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No it doesn't.
Who does that on a regular basis?!
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 12:56 AM   #15
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Who does that on a regular basis?!
I do! On my Air I have a 13" screen so often run all programs full screen. On my iMac with the extra real estate I typically use smaller windows which negates the need for gestures or shortcuts between programs, at least to a certain extent.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 01:09 AM   #16
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I prefer a mouse over the trackpad on my iMac, but even when I did have an MBP, I just used hot corners. No brainer.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 01:26 AM   #17
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I do! On my Air I have a 13" screen so often run all programs full screen. On my iMac with the extra real estate I typically use smaller windows which negates the need for gestures or shortcuts between programs, at least to a certain extent.
Crazy.

Well, in that case, yes, four fingers will do the trick.

I'm going to guess, though, that most people don't full-screen their apps.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 01:49 AM   #18
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How about dragging in the trackpad, I run out of pad real estate before I can get the item where I want it.
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Old Mar 30, 2013, 10:13 AM   #19
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Mouse in my right hand, Trackpad for my left hand and wireless keyboard in the middle... gestures, keyboard shortcuts, and pointer helps me get around the work day

Also, a lot of people like this: http://qsapp.com
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Old Mar 30, 2013, 01:36 PM   #20
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One of the few good things about a Mighty Mouse was that you can set squeezing the sides to the Application Switcher. I love that feature and I miss it mightily (ha ha) on the Magic Mouse.
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