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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch System
I found out that hitting the Escape key after first hitting Command-Tab will exit from the switch without switching -- useful when you realize that the program you planned to switch to is not actually running and you don't want to move from the current frontmost app.
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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: dmmorse on Dec 04, '03 12:12:39PM

command-Q while in the process of selecting an application with command-tab will quit the application whose icon is currently selected, unless the selected application is the Finder.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: mm2270 on Dec 04, '03 12:38:18PM

Yes, and typing "H" will hide the selected app, but that wasn't the focus of this hint. To the original poster, thanks for the hint, I hadn't thought to hit Esc to get out of a switch.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: who_me on Dec 04, '03 12:39:30PM

Also, if many applications are running, you can use the mouse to select a specific one.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 04, '03 02:10:05PM

is there any way to turn off this feature? it always gets in my way when i accidentally hit the mouse or trackpad while switching apps.



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Use LiteSwitch in stead ;-D
Authored by: TvE on Dec 04, '03 04:57:18PM

I like to use LiteSwitch in stead - there is a lot more features!



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Just switch and switch back.
Authored by: Loren on Dec 04, '03 04:45:06PM

Since your fingers are already on the cmd key and the tab key, wouldn't the fastest solution be to let go and switch to any app at all, and then hit cmd-tab again to go back to the previous one that you didn't want to leave?



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: bkvines on Dec 04, '03 05:06:11PM

Um...If an app wasn't actually running, it wouldn't show up in the App Switcher list, would it?



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: jonst52 on Dec 05, '03 08:46:29AM

>Um...If an app wasn't actually running, it wouldn't show up in the App Switcher list, would it?

No, it wouldn't. And this is the reason why the poster avanham considered this hint useful: for those occasions when someone _thinks_ some application is running and discovers it isn't running too late, i.e., only after hitting Command-Tab.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: bkvines on Dec 05, '03 12:08:31PM

Ah! Got it now. Thanks for the clarification. :)



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: g3cko on Dec 04, '03 11:59:45PM

hehheh.. very much like the windows "alt-tab" (the appley key is even in the same place on the keyboard) .. which can also be backed out of by hitting esc while still holding alt (or appleykey on os x)



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: UmarOMC on Dec 05, '03 09:32:29AM
You could, just as in Windows 9x and OS X since at least 10.1, plop your pinky on the Shift key whilst holding that Command key and type Tab again to switch in the opposite direction...

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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: sth on Dec 05, '03 09:42:51AM

You can also use the arrow-keys to switch between the apps. Command-tab to show the application switcher, left/right arrow to move the selection. "h" will hide the selected app.

Stephan



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: RandyMan on Dec 05, '03 01:53:34PM

And if your fingers don't stretch that far...you can then add the SHIFT key into the mix, and it'll cycle backwards through the applications list.

So, a Cmd-Tab followed by a Cmd-Shift-Tab puts you back in your original application.

I also use Cmd-Shft-Tab to quickly get to the last application in the list, since the cycling wraps around; that is, Cmd-Shift-Tab initially selects the right-most application, instead of the leftmost.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: formido on Dec 09, '03 09:36:28PM

After you've activated application switching, you can also switch backwards by pressing command-`.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: mingking on Dec 05, '03 08:52:17PM

BTW, Command-period works the same as Command-escape. i.e. it cancels the operation.

Also, command-home goes to the first item in the list, command-end goes to the last.



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10.3: Cancel a command-tab application switch
Authored by: bodyvisual on Apr 08, '09 07:01:32PM

Also, slightly easier (for me at least) than Cmd+Shift+Tab is Cmd+`



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