Can I switch between word docs using keyboard only

jojoba

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Basically, what the title says. I use the Command+' key, but I still need to click on the document that I want to switch to. Is there a way to switch documents using keyboard only, the way you can do in Windows?
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I found this, but I haven't tested it out to still see if it still works.

http://www.macworld.com/article/1135977/os-x/switchwindowshortcuts.html
Thanks a lot for this, Rhett7660. The only option listed in this text that is completely cursor free is number 1, which is the one I'm using. However, it doesn't allow me to move through documents as the text suggests. It only brings up a list of the open documents, and the only way I have managed to actually select one of them is by using the cursor. I've tried to combine this short cut with different other commands to see if there is another way to scroll though the documents and select one using the keyboard, but I haven't been able to find one so far.

Edited to add: I just fixed it, there was a setting in System Preferences that messed it up. I also just discovered the app exposé option, which is very useful.
 
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Thanks a lot for this, Rhett7660. The only option listed in this text that is completely cursor free is number 1, which is the one I'm using. However, it doesn't allow me to move through documents as the text suggests. It only brings up a list of the open documents, and the only way I have managed to actually select one of them is by using the cursor. I've tried to combine this short cut with different other commands to see if there is another way to scroll though the documents and select one using the keyboard, but I haven't been able to find one so far.

Edited to add: I just fixed it, there was a setting in System Preferences that messed it up. I also just discovered the app exposé option, which is very useful.
So you are able to switch now without using the mouse?

I was able to switch between the open documents by using the "command+~". Was that not working for you? When I tested it after I read your post it actually just switched between documents. No list showed up.
 

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So you are able to switch now without using the mouse?

I was able to switch between the open documents by using the "command+~". Was that not working for you? When I tested it after I read your post it actually just switched between documents. No list showed up.
I have a Norwegian keyboard and it doesn't have the "~"-key. Having looked around on the internet, it seems like the type of keyboard can affect how this is done. However, if I now use the (command+') (the last button being the one above the tab-key, to the left of the keyboard), I get all the open docs up on the screen and I can navigate through them using arrows and then selecting one of them using the enter key.
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I have a Norwegian keyboard and it doesn't have the "~"-key. Having looked around on the internet, it seems like the type of keyboard can affect how this is done. However, if I now use the (command+') (the last button being the one above the tab-key, to the left of the keyboard), I get all the open docs up on the screen and I can navigate through them using arrows and then selecting one of them using the enter key.
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah that might be an issue with trying to find the "~". Curious to see what the equivalent of the "~" key is on your keyboard, when I hit the above commands it cycles through the open documents, but doesn't display them like how your screen shots display them. Very interesting.

I wonder if you could create a custom keyboard command if you are not happy with the above, that does what I described.

Either way I am glad you were able to do what you wanted to do.
 
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I wonder if you could create a custom keyboard command if you are not happy with the above, that does what I described.
That's a really good idea, I hadn't thought of that. I'm going to experiment with that.
 

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UPDATE: i've now, completely by accident, found the best solution that seamlessly allows me to flick through open documents within the same app: ALT + 9

:):)