Discussion in 'macOS' started by ibidiem, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. ibidiem macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I just stumbled on this today, you know, in haste to jot something down or whatever, my fingers stumble, and every program running suddenly appeared in this free-floating dock right in the center of my screen. Now I'm totally hooked on this function!

    Anybody know if this is native to Tiger.5 or the result of who knows what third party software I've got installed?

    Try it:

    cmd+tab or apple+tab

    (holding down the apple and hitting tab again causes the selector to move to another program, bringing that program to the front. hitting apple+tab later also seems to bring up the last selected program)
  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Native, and has been for a looooonggggg time. It's a nice feature.

    What's cool is that while you're on one, you can press Q to quit it, H to hide it, etc....the other CMD+letter combos...because you're already holding down command!

    Windows has a similar ALT+Tab feature.
  3. JonD25 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2006
    I remember the day I first figured that out on Windows. Man, that was exciting. Probably at least doubled my productivity.
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Nice. I seriously didn't know about it in Windows until I used my PC one day and forgot I wasn't using a Mac. I hit the CMD TAB shortcut out of instinct and it worked...I sure was surprised, lol.
  5. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    ...Really? I swear this has been around forever. I discovered it using Windows at school and was like HOLY SMOKES!! I was like the mouse is going to be come obsolete in a few years. I was just young and dumb then:p
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    I'm thinking it's been around since OS, 1998.
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Another nice feature...

    While Cmd+Tab will cycle through open applications, Cmd+` will cycle through open windows in the currently open application.
  8. Spectrum macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    Yep, this was definitely around as the application switcher in at least system9. If you press Shift+Apple+Tab it goes anticlockwise, too.

    Also, if you activate Expose, Tab or Shift+Tab cycles through each open application.
  9. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    It doesn't end there! While in the Cmd+Tab bar, press Q over an app's icon and it will quit. :)
  10. jkballer23 macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    yeah, this has been around for a while. alt+tab on the PC:p
  11. turbopants macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2006
    It's nice to make those discoveries, I've been using this for a while now.
  12. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    Yes, great little feature! Even though it has been around for a while on both platforms, it's still worth mentioning every now and then for those that don't know about it. :)

    I used to use it all the time, but ever since Expose came around I rarely use it anymore. With my handy Mighty Mouse I just give a little "squeeze" and all my active windows come to me. I can't flip through active apps that way, but generally I find that I don't need to. ;)

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