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This is the first time I've submitted a hint, but I'm really happy to see this in Jaguar and astounded that no one has posted it yet -- at least not that I've seen. So here goes...

You can now cycle through windows in the Finder using command-tilde, just like in, of all things, Internet Explorer. This used to be the key command for "Go to Folder..." which is now command+shift+G.

Cool!

[Editor's note: What's really nice is that they've included the desktop as a folder, so when it appears that no windows are active, your destktop is active! And technically, I know it's "command-backtick" (as no shift is required), but command-tilde seems much easier to locate for most people.]
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cmd+tilde is global window cycler
Authored by: toddsnc on Sep 05, '02 10:18:15AM

Cmd~, as of 10.2, is reserved by Apple for cycling through an application\'s windows. This keystroke combo works everywhere, even overriding some applications\' use of the keystroke combo (see also, Adobe Photoshop. Adobe posted a patch for PS which \"unhooks\" this keystroke for PS users accustomed to using it.)



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Frustration (doesn't work on German keyboard)
Authored by: AndreasG on Sep 05, '02 11:10:34AM

One big disappointment for me when moving to 10.2 was that Apple still didn't think about making a keyboard shortcut available to cycle windows for non-english keyboard layouts.

On my German keyboard, I get the tilde (~) when I press Alt+N. If I hit Command-Alt-N (which would be equivalent to Cmd-tilde...), nothing happens. I still cannot cycle through my open windows!!! This is a pain in the behind...

Do users from other countries have the same problem with their non-english keyboard layouts? Please report this to Apple, it would be great to have it fixed. I hate using the mouse to switch between several open browser windows every time...

Or does anybody know a workaround, so that I can make the "Cycle Windows" shortcut available on my German keyboard??? I would appreciate it *very* much, as this would dramatically improve my Mac OS X experience...

TIA, Andreas



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Frustration (doesn't work on German keyboard)
Authored by: seb2 on Sep 05, '02 11:35:20AM

You can -- sort of -- get this to work on a German keyboard. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard access (Tastatursteuerung), there is an entry to cycle windows.

Unfortunately, this will cycle through all windows of all apps. Also, "w" interferes with pico's "Find", so I set it to "1" on my machine.

But I'm also disappointed Apple still didn't get this to work on German keyboards.



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it *does* work!
Authored by: AndreasG on Sep 05, '02 11:55:16AM

Sorry Apple! There is a way to cycle windows on a German keyboard, I just found it out! Just hit "Command"+"<" and "Command"+">"!!! I cannot imagine that I missed this all the time... :-/

Andreas



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it *does* work!
Authored by: egilDOTnet on Sep 05, '02 03:08:16PM

Thank you Andreas!

I use a Norwegian keyboard, and have also been banging my head against the wall with the command-tilde thing. But command-> and command-< works swell for me as well! Ahh, finally! :)



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it *does* work!
Authored by: jmordoj on Sep 05, '02 03:27:58PM

But it is not standard across the applications, I wish explorer and other would automaticaly change to command + > on a non-english keyboard



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it *does* work!
Authored by: mkrus on Sep 06, '02 12:37:59PM

Cmd+< works with my french keyboard (thank god for that!)

It works with IE also.

It works with Mozilla, but there's some strange invisible window you have to cycle through...



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it *does* work!
Authored by: nichrome on Sep 05, '02 03:34:58PM

Interestingly, the key is always in the exact same physical location as the backtick/tilde key on the US layout, regardless of the keyboard layout being used.



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Command-Tab cycles active dock items
Authored by: Marz on Sep 05, '02 02:42:17PM

Something similar just 'happened' over here: Command-Tab enlarges and cycles through the active dock items, really handy! Never noticed this before.



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Somewhat annoying
Authored by: SeanAhern on Sep 05, '02 03:14:22PM

With 10.2, Apple prevented other apps from "rebinding" this. This is really annoying for people who were used to using things like DragThing or Keyboard Maestro to do their application switching. Now we can't use their features without rebinding to a different keystroke.



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Command-Tab cycles active dock items
Authored by: AndreasG on Sep 05, '02 05:09:51PM

...yes, I think this is a new feature of 10.2! And the best thing is: Cmd-Tab always brings you back to last active app. This means, if you have 5 apps open, Cmd-Tab lets you back and forth between the las two of them. That's very handy!

Andreas



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Command-Tab cycles active dock items
Authored by: toddsnc on Sep 05, '02 06:51:29PM

actually this was present in 10.1 as well, at least on English keyboards. What's new is that Cmd-Tab takes you quickly back to the *last* app you were using, as opposed to the top of the list.

The problem remains with this feature that you can only cycle through active *apps*, not windows that have been minimized to the Dock (below the line, as it were). To get to those one must enable Full Keyboard Access and use the (assignable) keystroke combo. Once the dock is open and keyboard focus is on it the arrow keys can be used to get quickly to any icon on the dock.



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Command-Tab cycles active dock items
Authored by: Miga on Sep 05, '02 08:30:54PM

Not exactly, only the last two applications used.
Shift-Cmd-Tab cycles reverse.

And by the way, Cmd-tilde does not work on a French keyboard.



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Can this be fixed?
Authored by: baba on Sep 05, '02 06:21:22PM

I mean, having to use 2 hands to cycle through windows sees a bit, ahem, heavy-handed. Any idea why they didn't just choose command + backtick? (I suppose one *could* do it with one hand if one wanted to play keyboard twister.)



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does not work on a japanese keyboard
Authored by: jpmac on Sep 06, '02 09:54:32AM

I have tried any combination possible using command + any key and control + any key, it doesnt work on a japanese keyboard. The only way to cycle through windows is using system preferences.



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