Using Command ⌘ Tab

The macOS has several handy features one of which is Command ⌘ + Tab. The Command + Tab action will produce a rather large list of your open Apps on your Mac display. Then you can scroll through the list to bring one of the Apps to the front. Command Tab has been around on the Mac OS for many years.

Command ⌘ Tab

I think the Command ⌘ Tab feature can be useful to anyone, but especially to someone that hides the Dock to gain some screen real estate. Here is a short video on how the Command ⌘ Tab feature works. It is in Dark Mode, but if you look closely you can see the App names appear under the Apps as I Tab across:

If you wish to reverse direction using Command ⌘ Tab, you can do so by holding down the Shift Key along with Command ⌘ Tab. Here is what that looks like:

Reversing the Command ⌘ Tab direction is especially handy if you have a lot of Apps open in the Dock instead of scrolling forward all the way around the App list.

I want to mention one more thing. You can quit an App using the Command ⌘ Tab feature. Just Tab to the App in question and then press the “Q” for Quit. Here is what that looks like:

I think the Command ⌘ Tab feature is most useful for people with smaller, Laptop screens or people who typically have tons of Apps open at one time.


As you can see, using Command ⌘ Tab can be very helpful. It might take a bit to get used to it, but it is worthwhile try a test drive to see if it fits into your workflow.