Witch allows you to switch directly between not only applications (as you can do with Command-Tab), but windows as well. Instead of switching applications first, then windows, use Witch to switch directly to your desired window. If you're coming to the Mac from Windows, you'll find Witch a natural-feeling replacement for Windows' ability to switch directly to windows.
• Witch earned a very-rare perfect five-mouse rating from Macworld: "...Witch is easily one of the most useful utilities on my Macs."
You can even define global hot keys for useful tasks such as releasing or closing all minimized windows, or zooming the frontmost window.
As you can see from the screenshots, Witch has a ton of customization options, none of which are required, but all of which can help make Witch work exactly as you want it to work.
Witch was recently recognized as one of Macworld's Mac Gems of the Year for 2010.
◆◆ NOTE: You do *not* have to leave the Witch application running to use Witch.
The first time you quit Witch, a dialog will appear asking if you'd like Witch to run in the background. Say yes, and you can then switch away without seeing Witch in the Dock. You can access the settings panel at any time by either double-clicking the application, or by pressing comma while the Witch panel is onscreen. ◆◆
• Fixed an issue where Witch couldn't be enabled under certain circumstances.
• Modernized Witch's user interface ever so slightly.
• This version of Witch no longer supports listing and switching to windows on other Spaces.
Ratings and Reviews
Finally! Alt-tab for Mac.
Fantastically useful app. I've been missing alt-tab since switching from Windows to Apple in 2008, and it's a joy to have it back.
Alt-tab is so incredibly useful that many Windows users' left hand will naturally on those two keys at all times. With alt-tab, you never have to stop and think whether the last window you were looking at was an "application" or an "application window", and whether it's "next" or "previous" in the order -- all you have to think is that you want to see the last thing you were looking at! (Also known as "Most Recently Used", or MRU). One keyboard command and voila! You are looking at the last thing you had open, no matter what it is.
Going back and forth between two windows is a surprisingly powerful and common use-case, and Witch has finally brought it to Mac.
Memory leak forces me to restart every few days
This is a wonderful app and I cannot work without it. Unfortunately there appears to be a memory leak which causes it to use upwards of 1.5 GBytes of memory - often times more than the core ‘kernel_task’ process. While memory is somewhat irrelevant these days, having a memory leak in a paid app is unprofessional. Please fix the memory leak issue and I will change my rating!
Please contact us directly for support at the URL listed on our page here. What you are seeing isn't usual, but I believe we have an explanation and a fix, but I need to discuss it with you and provide details that don't work well in this text-only feedback area. Thanks!
Best Multi-Tasking Manager for Mac
I have tried HyperSwitch, Optimal Layout, Apple’s Exposé, Contexts and finally found the one that meets my needs. Witch works great on Mac OS Sierra beta and has the best customization of its apperance. But best of all, it just works!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.