Witch 2 - Switch to any open window

Oct 28, '08 07:44:00AM

Contributed by: robg

This week's Pick of the Week is actually a rerun. Back in 2005, Witch was very new, and very welcomed -- it was the first program I'd found that let me switch windows, instead of just switching between applications. Over the years, I've come to rely on Witch quite heavily. Unfortunately, the release of 10.5 caused some issues for Witch -- nothing critical, but (for instance) some annoying repetitive log entries.

Witch 2.0 (now up to 2.0.1) fixed those problems, and added one nifty new feature -- you can use (and display, if you wish) "shortcut" badge icons on your first 10 open windows. So I can switch to any window by pressing Option-Tab to activate Witch, and then pressing 0 through 9 to select a window by number. This is a great timesaver when switching away from a window that's near the top of the open windows list. (Witch is also now officially shareware; it was donationware before.)

The other reason I love Witch is that I can use it to cycle to minimized windows in the Dock (they'll then expand out of the Dock) without touching the mouse. (I'd love to be able to see an indicator for hidden and minimized windows in the Witch interface; this would prevent me from picking them by accident.)

You can also add keyboard shortcuts to switch between only minimized or non-minimized windows, in either all applications or the frontmost application. If you want, you can set up other shortcuts to, for instance, close or deminimize all minimized windows, or just those in the frontmost applications. I leave most of these options unassigned, however, as I find Witch quite useful with just the window switching shortcut.

Between the improved 10.5 functionality and the new shortcut badge feature, I've found myself using Witch even more than usual -- so much so that I seldom use Command-Tab any more. I love being able to jump to the open window I want to use, instead of just to the application containing that window.

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