Mac Tip: Cycle Through Open Application Windows

If you’re like me then you love keyboard shortcuts. If you’ve come to OS X from a Windows background then most of the shortcuts are very similar in function.

In a PC world when you use the familiar Alt-Tab keystroke it cycles through all open windows. The OS X equivalent, Command-Tab, switches from one app to another, however—not all windows in all apps.

This can be frustrating if you’re trying to navigate between multiple open Finder windows for example …

Lots of Finders

… or if you’re using an app with a multi-window user interface like MarsEdit.

MarsEdit Windows

To quickly switch from one window to another in the same application use the keyboard combo Command and ` (the key just above Tab on the left side of your Mac’s keyboard).

Cycle Through Application Windows

This little shortcut should save you some frustration. I wish I’d known about it much earlier.

What are your favorite OS X shortcuts? Sound off in the comments below.

All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.

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4 thoughts on “Mac Tip: Cycle Through Open Application Windows

    1. Ammon Post author

      It’s the accent, or backtick character. It’s above the Tab key and below the Escape key in the upper right-hand corner.

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