Navigating to different windows of the same application

Discussion in 'macOS' started by arvinb, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. arvinb macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2007
    Please educate me if there is an elegant way of accomplishing this simple and common task from a long-time Windows user.

    Let's say I have Thunderbird or Mail open, and I start writing a new message on a new message window. Then momentarily I click behind it to the inbox to check something; say, to find another address I need. Now, the New Message window has become buried under the Inbox window, and since it's smaller than the Inbox, I can't click on it to bring it back forward (unless, of course, some edge of it is sticking out from under the inbox).

    If I was on windows, I'd just click on the New Message window's tile. The dock doesn't distinguish between different windows of the same program. Using Expose is cool, except it takes me several keystrokes or a keystroke plus the mouse to find what I'm looking for (plus F9 isn't as easy to reach as ALT-Tab, IMO), especially if I've got a lot of windows open. I like in Windows being able to visually scan all of the windows that exist without having to move the mouse, and then only need one mouse click to get to that window.

    Perhaps there's a way to flip through the different windows in your current app? That would make things simpler and more elegant, but I certainly don't know how to do that. I'd love to hear your tips to make this transition go smoother!

    EDIT - alright, F10 does that, I just remembered!

    p.s. - also regarding Expose, if I've got several textedit windows open and they're all zoomed out (but with different file names), there's no way for me to identify them without first hovering over them to see their file names.
  2. MurphyM macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2007
    In answer to your PS: Once you have used F10 you can use the right and left arrow keys to see the names of your text files.
  3. y16 macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    Don't know if it's still an issue but in order to do that (for example to switch between a couple of Safari windows) use:
    Hope that's of any help.
    Take care,

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