The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Friday, September 14, 2007

Cycling through open windows!

I already mentioned how to cycle through open windows with "Command - ` " and through open applications with "Command - Tab". I didn't know at first that there was a more windows-like way of doing it that will let you cycle through all the open windows in every loaded application. It is based on the same idea than "Ctrl - F2" to go to the menu bar and "Ctrl - F3" to go to the dock. So to cycle through every open window, press "Ctrl - F4" (or "Fn - Ctrl - F4" if F4 is already assigned to something else). If it doesn't work, it might be because the Ctrl - F2, F3 and F4 features are not enabled. To enable them, press "Ctrl - F1". You can use the same "Ctrl - F1" to disable it.


Blogger scoot1331 said...

it doesnt work on labtops

September 13, 2007 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you need to press the "fn" key, because f2, f3, and f4 are assigned to media keys.
great tip though, thanks!

September 13, 2007 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Vieiraj said...

That was a great tip! I always wondered how you can toggle in the same application. Thanks!

September 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the tip!

I have my MBP setup so that I need to use Fn to change volume, brightness, etc, so it worked just fine. I find myself hitting F5 and F9-F12 quite often (web development). This will definitely speed things up!

September 13, 2007 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


You can cycle between multiple windows of the same application by cmd + ~ (directly above tab)

September 13, 2007 at 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also try Witch, which allows assignable hot-keys, cycling forwards and backwards through applications or windows and much more

September 14, 2007 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

I was wondering how to get to the menu bar/dock. Thanks for commenting on that!

Like Nathan, I use the function keys quite often. Not because of web dev. though, but because I use VirtueDesktops. I like virtue desktops. :D Because of this, I have the fn-media_keys set up, rather than using fn for my function keys. My biggest complaint about doing this though, is that you have to do Fn-F12 to eject a CD.


September 14, 2007 at 7:15 PM  

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