Witch

Version: 3.9.3 || Release Date: 2013-10-18 || License: Shareware ($19) Developer: Many Tricks | App Owner: paulpet

Window switching simplified

Have you ever wanted to switch to a certain window, not just the application it belongs to? While you can use Expose to switch windows, doing so can be very clumsy if you're the keyboard-only type of user. And don't all of these windows look just the same when they are scaled down?

Witch lets you access all of your windows by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles. Moreover, you can use Witch to...

  • Directly access minimized windows without using your mouse
  • Close minimized windows without bringing them to front first
  • Zoom, de-/minimize, and close windows on the fly

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9 Opinions

@cpngn A new version is out.

This used to be a great fix for Leopard's half-way-there method of switching windows (actually apps). It broke with Snow Leopard when Witch would only see the Finder windows on your current Spaces desktop... which pretty much made it useless. Instead of fixing it, the company has, as of Dec 2009, apparently disappeared off the face of the earth. manytricks.com no longer has an IP. I'm hoping that this "Liteswitch" will fill this obvious hole that somehow doesn't seem to bother many folks. :\

Witch offers a few advantages over OS X’ inbuilt window / app switch mechanisms: it shows all apps’ windows (unlike the Cmd-Tab switcher, which shows only apps) on all Spaces (unlike Exposé), even if they are hidden (Exposé doesn’t) or minimized (Exposé only does so on SL) or if the app is windowless (Cmd-Tab will activate these, but only the Dock actually invokes a window in most cases).

The visual style needs a bit of configuration to be usable (it defaults to too much transparency for a text laden window), and could profit from some redesign (one large app icon followed by a window text listing would make more sense to me than the current layout), but even so, Witch advantageously replaces both Cmd-Tab and the Dock for running app / window management on my system. Note I still rely on Exposé for a quick switch between open windows in the current Space, as Witch’s windows is simply too cluttered and abstract for that.

Recommended for Dock haters and keyboard jockeys.

Interesting, but slow: takes about 1 second to switch from one window to the other. On the other hand, Liteswitch switches instantaneously.

I like this as a companion to LiteSwitch X. I have LSX on Cmd-Tab and Witch on Cmd-\.

Doesn't work with X11 windows -- they're just ignored. Too bad, cause I'd like to use it...

A workaround for the fact that per-window management kind of sucks in OSX. Having to select the application and then click the menu bar or rely on dock icons to access windows is not fun.
Expose's window management is passable but I'm not a huge fan. The desktop sweep thing is nice, but when I have a lot of windows open it's easier to drill down the one I want using Witch than it is to hunt-and-peck in expose's all-windows view.

Essential for people switching from windows to OS X who are used to Alt-TAB.

Outstanding replacement for the built-in Command-TAB app switcher. Lots of features, but for me the best one is the simplest: it shows not just the apps but each app's open windows. For example, not just Word, but a list of all the Word documents you are currently working on, so you can pop the one you want to the front.