Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab Desktop
I just found a cool feature of ExposÚ! If you push the "All Windows" ExposÚ button (F9 by default) so that all your windows are made small, you can Command-tab to other apps and the selected app's windows will jump to the front (when you release Command-Tab) in the ExposÚ state -- just as if you had hit the "Application only" ExposÚ button.

This works if you push the "Front app only" button as well, but NOT if you push the "Desktop" button.

[robg adds: This is a powerful feature, but it's a bit hard to explain just why. One example may help. Assume you're running two apps (BBEdit and Safari). Safari has five windows open, three of which are buried under six BBEdit windows. You want to quickly bring all of the Safari windows to the foreground, and pick one to work on. In "typical" ExposÚ use, you'd do something like this: Hit F9, then click the window you want to work on, then realize the others are still "buried" and hit F10 and then click again in the window you want to work in.

With this trick, it's much simpler -- hit F9, then use Command-Tab to cycle to Safari, and click on the window you want to work in. All open Safari windows come to the foreground, with the selected window frontmost. VERY cool.

In playing around with this, my buddy Kirk M. pointed out some other interesting things. You can do this even quicker by just hitting Tab when ExposÚ is active, though you won't get the on-screen icons so you have to cycle through all open windows. If you only have a few open windows, Tab is the easiest; if you're sorting through tons of windows, Command-Tab might be easier to use. As an aside, he also discovered that you can use the arrow keys to cycle between ExposÚd windows, and you can hit Escape to select an app without any open windows.]
    •    
  • Currently 1.57 / 5
  You rated: 2 / 5 (7 votes cast)
 
[15,846 views]  

10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab | 5 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the '10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab
Authored by: lukeah on Oct 28, '03 11:54:15AM

The "~" works as reverse to the regular tab key in this hint.

In fact. If you hit Apple + Tab to bring up the App switcher, then continue to hold down the Apple key, you can use the "~" key to scroll backwards through the App switcher. Wow.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab
Authored by: sergeantmudd on Oct 28, '03 01:47:27PM

If you hold down shift when you are Apple-Tabbing, you cycle through the apps right to left instead of left to right. (I discovered this because my all windows Expose button is the right shift key)



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab
Authored by: willoneal on Oct 28, '03 07:58:41PM

If you are using LiteSwitch in placed of the Apple built in switcher, just use the tab key. I think it has the same affect as what is described here.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab
Authored by: willoneal on Oct 28, '03 08:00:05PM

If you are using LiteSwitch in placed of the Apple built in switcher, just use the tab key. I think it has the same affect as what is described here.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.3: Make ExposÚ more powerful with Command-Tab
Authored by: simpgeek on Oct 29, '03 08:16:32PM

Actually, the command key in unecessary, hitting F9 and then tab or ~ will cycle through the apps. This is great I think because it makes a Griffin PowerMate a lot better at scrolling through apps and windows. In 10.2 I had the rotate-right as tab and rotate left as shift tab. That meant I could hold down command with my thumb and cycle through apps, this way, I can set 'click' to be F9 and keep the others the same. Woot.



[ Reply to This | # ]