Quickly Switch Applications with this Shortcut Key

Apple Command Key

Apple Command Key

If you are coming from an Windows based operating system. You may know that Microsoft has an application switcher. The application switcher is activated using the ALT + TAB combination. This makes it easy to switch between all the open applications in the system.

Well, Apple has that functionality built into OSX as well. It’s activated using the Command + Tab keys. Press them together once and it activates the Application Switcher.

If you hold down the key and continue to press it, a block highlights the application that becomes active when you release the key combination.

Apple adds another cool feature to the Application Switcher. If you highlight an application and press the Q key, it will quit that application. Also, if you highlight an application and press the H key it will hide that application.

The Application Switcher is a great way to quickly move between your running programs. If you have any other interesting shortcuts, discuss them here.

About Joe Cotellese

Joe is the founder of Learning OS X. He's often spending way too much time playing with new Mac software in order to improve his ability at "Getting Things Done."


  1. This is some really useful advice! I have to work with a Mac sometimes and I find it quite difficult to get used to from Windows, but this has certainly helped my understanding, so thanks!

  2. Heym thanks for the tip, I just recently started using Mac and I’m still learning to use it, I coulnd’t figure this out.

  3. This is a great tip, and one I haven’t seen mentioned before. I’ve just started using a mac as well and relapse into ‘Windows mode’ now and again. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though. I just love the Apple keyboard though – just looking at the old, plastic, joined together keys of my PC keyboard makes me shudder.

  4. Excelente noticia. Voy a tener en cuenta la opinión vertida aquí, te agradezco!

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