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#1 PerterP   User is offline

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Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 01 November 2018 - 09:34 PM

Not to beat a dead horse....or something like that, but...

OS X is much, much more efficient for app/window switching. Let's do a comparison.

Windows, 8 windows:
Firefox
Word doc 1
Word doc 2
Word doc 3
Word doc 4
Word doc 5
Outlook
Outlook new message

OS X, 8 windows:
Firefox
Word doc 1
Word doc 2
Word doc 3
Word doc 4
Word doc 5
Mail
Mail new message

Going from Firefox to the Outlook/Mail new message...

Windows: Alt-Tab x 7
OS X: Alt-Tab x 2, Alt-~ x 1

OS X has far fewer keystrokes, much more efficient. This is a simple example--this efficiency is magnified if you're a power user and have many more apps open, each with many windows within.

And you don't need to ''stretch'' your hand to reach the tilde--it's one key above tab!

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Re: Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:43 PM

> OS X is much, much more efficient for app/window switching. Let's do a comparison.
Well in Windows, you can hold down the shift key while doing alt-tab, and cycle through the list of apps the other way.

> Not to beat a dead horse
Is that the best you've got?
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Re: Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 02 November 2018 - 02:17 AM

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if you're a power user and have many more apps open, each with many windows within.


To be a little off-topic, I disagree with the assumption of a power user. Some people have 30, even 50, windows open at any one time. They also tend to be people who have 100 shortcuts on their desktop. They could do with more focus and less clutter.
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Re: Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 02 November 2018 - 02:29 AM

Topic moved to Corner Cubicle.
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Re: Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 02 November 2018 - 03:48 AM

Actually just two keystrokes for Windows as well: Alt-Tab, then Alt-Shift-Tab.

Update: Missed Salem_C's response above.
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Re: Windows vs OS X app/window switching

Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:11 AM

If you can recognise the order in the taskbar then you can probably press Windows Key + 5 to jump straight to it.

Alt-Esc is another approach.
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