Power up your app switcher

Mac|Life - - CREATE - Craig Gran­nell

Re­place macOS’s app switcher with the su­perb Witch


OS X 10.10 or later, Witch 4 or later

you will learn

How to re­place and go be­yond macOS’s app switcher with Witch


10 min­utes

Witch’s slo­gan is “ç- Tab Ev­ery­thing”. Ini­tially, the app re­sem­bles the stan­dard macOS app switcher, but dig deeper and you rapidly re­alise Witch is akin to a “pro” take on Ap­ple’s im­ple­men­ta­tion.

With Witch’s switcher active, you can drill down into apps to ac­cess their win­dows by name – more ef­fi­cient than Ex­posé – or even by tab. Not sure what you’ve got open, but recall a win­dow’s ti­tle? Just use Witch’s search func­tion to type and rapidly fil­ter open win­dows in real time, much like trig­ger­ing a Spot­light search.

There’s a ton more more to dis­cover: vis­ual cus­tomiza­tion, menu bar ac­cess, mul­ti­ple switch­ers, and more. The bulk of it is cov­ered in some form in our walk­through. Before the first step, we as­sume you’ve in­stalled Witch, opened it in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, and clicked En­able Witch.

You can down­load a free trial of Witch from manytricks.com/witch. Af­ter 50 uses, Witch will oc­ca­sion­ally sug­gest you buy it, which will cost you $14.

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