How many basic ways can you switch between windows and apps on your Mac? Remember Command+Tab? That’s the time-honored standby to switch apps. There’s also the simple click of an app’s icon in the Dock. Either way takes you from whatever app you’re on to the app you choose.
What’s the problem with Apple’s quick switching method? It only goes from app to app, not from wherever you are to a specific window of an app.
For example, Safari may have half a dozen open or tabbed windows, so you still have to search even after you’ve switched.
Ditto for using Microsoft Word and having a handful of documents open at the same time. The Command+Tab switch gets you back to Word, but you still have to find the document you want.
There should be an app to fix that.
There is. It’s called Witch. Not Which. Witch.
Not only does Witch work like the Mac’s built-in Command+Tab app switcher, it works much better, with more options. Here’s how it works. Hit the customizable keyboard combo to bring Witch to the screen.
What you see is a list of your Mac’s open apps, and each open window (web page or document or whatever else is open).
Navigate to the window you want and it opens front and center on your Mac’s screen.
Ah, but there’s more. Sometimes you can’t tell exactly which content is in which window. Witch works with a pop up preview so you can see what’s in the app’s window or document before switching.
Witch lets you replace Command+Tab to switch the new modern way. Customize Witch’s appearance to your tastes or use one of the five included themes. You can even control which apps appear in the Witch pop up.
There are more features in Witch which make it more of a Mac power user app, but the basic switching functionality is elegant and highly efficient. Command+Tab to bring up Switch, then quickly move to the exact app or document or window you want.