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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard System
Instead of using Cmd-Tilde to cycle through only one application's windows, you can press Control-F4 to cycle through the open windows in all the open applications. To go backwards through the windows, just hold down the Shift key while pressing the other keys.

[robg adds: This is a documented feature, but it's in a somewhat hidden location -- just take a look at the Keyboard Shortcuts section of the Keyboard & Mouse preferences panel. In the Keyboard Navigation section, you'll see Control-F4 listed as the shortcut for "Move focus to the active window or next window." There are some other useful tricks hiding in there as well, and remember you can reassign them to whatever you like (double-click the existing shortcut to edit).]
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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: pascalpp on Jun 10, '05 12:07:35PM

Awesome! I set the key to Cmd-Option-Tilde.



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: poenn on Jun 10, '05 01:06:04PM

And if you press Ctrl+SHIFT+F4 you can cycle through your windows the other direction.



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NOTE THE TYPO!!!
Authored by: mshmgi on Jun 10, '05 01:13:08PM

The original hint indeicates that you use the COMMAND key ... you should actually use the CONTROL key.



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Wait! I'm an idiot.
Authored by: mshmgi on Jun 10, '05 01:14:37PM

I mis-read the hint. The only typo was in my brain.

It's Friday afternoon ... whaddaya expect?



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: foilpan on Jun 10, '05 01:18:18PM

it's function + control + F4 on laptops.



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: herbs on Jun 11, '05 09:25:57AM

Howdy,

One of the nice additions in OS X 10.4 is that you can switch the meaning of the fn key on laptops (in the Keyboard&Mouse Pref Pane) so that the functions keys are the default and the fn key gives those keys their special meaning.


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Good Luck,
Herb Schulz



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Even better...
Authored by: phow4rd on Jun 10, '05 01:39:38PM
...use Witch.

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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: Graff on Jun 10, '05 02:01:20PM

Weird, I've never changed any of the preferences that deal with Keyboard Navigation but my shortcut is set to control-W not control-F4. I wonder why that is, I'm running the Mac OS X 10.4.1 with all the latest updates and everything and really nothing else that would cause a change like that.



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Jun 10, '05 03:54:49PM

I did change the value, and that's what I set mine to... Ctrl-W... of course, I forgot I made the change and tried doing Ctrl+F4 while I was in Mozilla Firefox. It was changing windows so I thought everything was hunky dory... Then I noticed that it was *closing* windows instead of switching windows... Looks like Ctrl-F4 means "Close window" in Firefox (just like on Windows--Alt+F4 means Exit application in Windows)... Glad I hadn't started typing this comment! :-P

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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: TvE on Jun 10, '05 03:55:45PM

This is most likely due to what you chose when Full Keyboard Access was introduced (in 10.1?) - here you had to options - Letters or F-keys…

Then you upgraded (10.2-10.3-10.4…) as opposed to clean installed and that setting was kept alive ;-)



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How do you access a printable list of Keyboard Shortcuts?
Authored by: Norm Nager on Jun 10, '05 06:01:07PM

System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse works fine for bringing up a list of Keyboard Shortcuts, but rather than mouse down within the list to refresh human memory, I'd like to be able to print the list and keep it handy.

How can one access a printable list of the keyboard shortcuts?



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: kray on Jun 10, '05 08:01:44PM

MY SOLUTION:
1) activate expose's application window viewing (F10)
2) instead of using COMMAND-TAB ... use OPTION-TAB
(better affects too :)

Enjoy!



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: mayo2ca on Jun 10, '05 10:05:49PM

You can just hit tab, no need for option. At least there is no difference that I can see here.

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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Jun 11, '05 02:14:47AM

Yes, just hitting tab works. Also note tab will take you to the application mode if you are already in all window mode (F9, by default). Furthermore, hitting the accent (grave) key (the key above the tab key on U.S. layouts) will take you backwards through applications, just like the application switcher (command+tab, keep holding command, then hit the accent key). And in keeping with the using-the-keyboard-only theme, while you are in the application window mode you can cycle through *those* windows with the arrow keys. This is all quite handy if you have a large number of applications and windows open...



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For Norm-
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Jun 11, '05 03:32:07AM

you can print these keyboard shortcuts (and more) from Help. You can also copy and paste into another text app and create your own "cheat sheets".



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Cycle through all open windows via the keyboard
Authored by: gullevek on Jun 11, '05 09:42:16PM

I have a japanese Keyboard and pressing cmd+~ doesn't work (I would have to press cmd+shift+^ to get it). Anyway, in my settings it would be cmd+` which is also a "shift" key. So I just set it to cmd+@, which is the actual ` key.

But at the end, I have Witch, and that solves anyway all my problems :)



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