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I use a small utility called Witch to switch between open windows in applications via Option-Tab, instead of using the built-in Command-Tab, which just switches between applications. I recently realized that, when Dashboard is active (F12), you can use Witch (Option-Tab) to select a window, and then you can do some things in this window while still having Dashboard active and frontmost.

For example, you can select a TextEdit window and write in it, jotting down some notes relative to something in a Dashboard widget. This will work as long as you don't click the mouse button. I've found this quite useful at times.

[robg adds: This could also be useful for selecting text in a background window and copying it (hold down Shift and use the arrow keys to select text, then press Command-C), for pasting into a Dashboard widget, if you forgot to copy it before you invoked Dashboard.]
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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: poenn on May 09, '08 07:46:57AM

I'm not sure why the author needs a utility for a built-in feature, maybe for the different key mapping? One can switch between the several windows of an app via cmd+<>



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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: PancakeMan on May 09, '08 08:25:55AM

Witch doesn't require for the application of the switched-to window to already be active.



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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: dahui on May 09, '08 04:20:58PM

there is a big difference between switching apps (cmd-tab) and the fabulous witch from peter maurer / manytricks that switches windows and not apps by clicking alt-tab ;)



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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: lowbatteries on May 09, '08 08:58:43AM

This works with quicksilver too - invoke dashboard, invoke quicksilver, bring up an application, document, whatever, and as long as you don't click anywhere you can keep working.



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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: adiascar on May 09, '08 10:26:08AM

Not directly related to the tip, to switch between windows of the same application, use Command + ` (backtick). This is easy to remember if you notice that the backtick is the key right above the left tab. So, to switch applications, Cmd+Tab. To switch windows of the same application, use the key right above, Cmd+`.



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Work in some windows while Dashboard is active
Authored by: mantrid on May 09, '08 08:24:58PM
This is essentially a dupe of this hint from 2005:
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050627203154837

Use any one of a number of focus switching key combinations such as the ones for Spotlight as mentioned in the hint, or the one to switch focus to the Dock, to switch to a different app while Dashboard is up.

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