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how can you app switch like windows?
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Skywalker
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May 7, 2002, 03:43 PM
 
It's easier for me to mentally keep track of which apps I've used most recently than the app order on the doc.

Does anyone know how to change the command-tab (ie alt-tab) app switching so that it stacks the apps according to when they were most recently used? This is how windows does it and I can't see how anyone would prefer the current way it works on OS X.

I tried DragThing but it doesn't use OS X's dock and it's quite a heavy app when this feature is all I want.
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May 7, 2002, 04:22 PM
 
try App Switcher. you can find it on Versiontracker. It lists the apps the way you want
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May 7, 2002, 04:47 PM
 
I believe launchbar also does this, just hold the command key and hit space twice.
     
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May 7, 2002, 04:53 PM
 
Originally posted by Skywalker:
<STRONG>It's easier for me to mentally keep track of which apps I've used most recently than the app order on the doc.

Does anyone know how to change the command-tab (ie alt-tab) app switching so that it stacks the apps according to when they were most recently used? This is how windows does it and I can't see how anyone would prefer the current way it works on OS X.

I tried DragThing but it doesn't use OS X's dock and it's quite a heavy app when this feature is all I want.</STRONG>
I loved this feature in OS 9. Alt-tab switching in the dock is useless. The point is to be able to quickly switch between a few apps that you are working on, not have to find it in the dock. Apple should change this behavior.
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May 7, 2002, 05:33 PM
 
WOW!

Im a registered user of Launchbar and didn't know about the app switch function. thanks!

(I feel a little stupid though)
     
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May 7, 2002, 06:38 PM
 
Also, Proteron is bringing its LiteSwitch utility to OSX. Currently it's in closed beta (register its MaxMenus utility to become eligible) but should be out pretty soon.

Personally, I don't see what's so bad about the current system's ordering, though.
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May 8, 2002, 03:00 AM
 
Originally posted by Skywalker:
<STRONG>It's easier for me to mentally keep track of which apps I've used most recently than the app order on the doc.

Does anyone know how to change the command-tab (ie alt-tab) app switching so that it stacks the apps according to when they were most recently used? This is how windows does it and I can't see how anyone would prefer the current way it works on OS X.

I tried DragThing but it doesn't use OS X's dock and it's quite a heavy app when this feature is all I want.</STRONG>
What you want is Keyboard Maestro, which provides a feature called Program Switcher. Program Switcher has been around for the Mac since 1994 (I am its author), Keyboard Maestro brings it to MacOS X. Program Switcher was inspired by the Windows functionality you desire, but is much improved with added features to launch, quit, or hide any application with the same keystroke, plus gives you the ability to customize the switcher's appearance and the order in which the applications are listed (one option is "order of use"). Furthermore, though Keyboard Maestro is shareware, the free Lite version lets you use Program Switcher indefinitely for free (there is NO time limitation).

Try it out!

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May 8, 2002, 11:32 AM
 
Originally posted by Millennium:
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Personally, I don't see what's so bad about the current system's ordering, though.</STRONG>
The way I see it, if I'm working on Word and Excel, when I want to quickly switch apps I would want to switch between these two. This means that I can focus on these two apps only when working, and not have to cycle through all the apps in my dock until I get to them.
The benefit of the OS9 switcher was that it listed apps according to most recent use so you could easily switch between the two or three apps you are currently working with.
Not having a second monitor (yet) and working with many apps, I hate to have to use the mouse and the dock to switch apps.
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