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how to invoke the app switcher?

10740 Views 35 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2012 10:20 PM by softwater RSS
  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Jul 24, 2011 8:55 AM (in response to softwater)

    um, sounds complicated, and I don't use spaces or mission control because I usually use all my apps in relation to eachother and need to be able to see eachone as I'm working on the other.


    As for better touch tool, it's buggy if you try to give it the key commands but if you go to the pull down menu to make it do the app switcher, he's written a very elagent code that gets it to work the same way. the only difference I can see is that you can't swipe four fingers again to make it go away, it just got to the next app in app switcher but that just means that if you are trying to use app switcher then you better have an app you want to go to, you can always click out of app switcher too.


    I imagine you tried to tell it to do cmd+tab. That's not good at all. Use this:


    Screen Shot 2011-07-24 at 11.48.58 AM.png 


    as you see I have it do both but that's not necessary and I just turned it off but instead of telling it the key commands, select it in the pulldown and tell me if it it works like you wanted it to. of course if spaces was for you the whole time, then I guess you're good but if gesturing for app switcher was something you wanted this is the only way.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Jul 24, 2011 9:29 AM (in response to softwater)

    oh, that's because you still have it to switch between fullscreen apps. Four finger tap is cool. when I four finger tap right now it adds a space. weird.


    would be great if  you gave a correct answer mark to the post that resolved the issue

  • debra m. Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:24 PM (in response to softwater)

    If you hook up the magic mouse to your laptop it works the same way.

  • Peter Stubbs Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:48 PM (in response to softwater)

    Try this app it is supposed to be more polished than BetterTouchTool. Works well for me I have assigned a single finger middle click to my mouse for application switcher but there are lots of options.



    It is free by the way.

  • Lawrence C Paulson Calculating status...
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    Aug 19, 2011 9:26 AM (in response to softwater)

    I want this too! And I would rather not install a third party hack. Apple, bring back my favourite gesture!!

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Aug 19, 2011 10:06 AM (in response to Lawrence C Paulson)

    your loss, because this works almost exactly like it used to. App switcher is written INTO this code. However, LCP, if you want to actually communicate your feedback TO apple, I would suggest and then cross your fingers.


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  • Janice Speer Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2011 12:37 PM (in response to Peter Stubbs)

    Peter Stubbs, you are my hero.  I have been desperately missing my application switcher since updating to Lion.  magicprefs brought it back.

    Thank you thank you thank you!

  • bold_seagull Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 3:08 AM (in response to Peter Stubbs)

    Nice one Mr Stubbs, I actually had MagicPrefs installed, but hadn't bothered to make an setting changes. 4 finger tap for application switcher works a treat.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,420 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 4:00 AM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Bouncing off the sides to move to a space is certainly slow. I don't use it that way. I start dragging and use F9 to activate MC. If the app is not on that particular desktop, just hover over the desktop and wait for it to become active. Still not as fast as direct access to the app required, but not nearly as slow as bouncing between screens.


    If you know which desktop the app is located, you can ctrl-# to that desktop while in a drag, also.

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), 2.33 GHz, 3GB RAM
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,420 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 4:10 AM (in response to softwater)

    There is one fatal flaw, however: Finder does not appear in MC. Any way to get it to appear there? (At the moment I'm trial running a third party extension to Finder called  TotalFinder, and using the 'Visor' option as a work around, biut its not very satisfactory).

    An app without open windows does not show up in MC. I asked for an ER to add an application badge on the MC screen. If the Finder has open windows, they should be there.


    However, if you hover over the Finder icon in the Dock (or any App), it will activate that App. For the Finder, it will activate Finder and bring up the default "new window" that you have set in Finder's prefs.


    The timing for the delay before popping up the window is controlled by the Spring-Loaded folders setting in Finder's prefs. Not sure why Exposé is linked to that as I would like an instantaneous response for Exposé, but can't navigate through folders with instantaneous spring loaded folders. You can sort of get instantaneous if you have a very long Spring Loaded folder delay by tapping the spacebar while hovering over an Icon in the Dock. This doesn't work for MC, though.


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