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Witch makes switching between windows easy. Have you ever wanted to switch to a certain window, not just the application it belongs to? While you can use Exposé 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 (in all Spaces using Mac OS X 10.6 and Witch 3.2 or newer) by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles. You can also see an optional window preview before switching windows. Moreover, you can use Witch more...

What's New

Version 3.9.3:
  • Updated how-to-enable instructions for OS X 10.9 Mavericks users.
  • Added a workaround for XtraFinder.
  • Other minor bug fixes.

Requirements

OS X 10.7 or later

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Clakes Member IconComment+53
Clakes
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I'm sorry... I'm a good Mac lover since 2000, and trying to be kind here but...
Witch is a bloated helper, resource-hungry and sporting features I don't even need: Apple should get LiteSwitch code and inject it into the next OS release instead.
Pleasea

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Version 3.9.3
TheBloke Member IconReview+8
TheBloke
+2

A wonderful app, totally indispensable for me!

I moved recently from Windows to OSX, and the one thing I could not stand about OSX is the handling of applications and windows. I used Windows and Linux for decades, and would use Alt-Tab hundreds of times a day and was very fast at switching back and forth between windows.

So I found the Mac's handling of Cmd-Tab to be a huge regression - I found it simply dreadful having to Cmd-Tab between apps, then separately cycle between windows with another shortcut.

Enter Witch, which solves all these problems, and has quite a few customisations and extra features which actually make it much better than Windows/Linux switching.

I very much like the numbering of windows, allowing the quick selection of a window by hitting its number. It has a good selection of fully customisable shortcuts (I have the main switcher configured to Cmd-Tab, disabling OSX's default application switcher, which I never use.) You can ignore apps or windows that match certain patterns, which is useful for excluding certain types of windows/panels that you never want to switch to. And the appearance is fully customisable with sensible and attractive defaults.

It's also fast and stable - I've never had a crash or seen a glitch.

For me, there's only one missing feature right now: the ability to disable the mouse from affecting the switcher. I often Cmd-Tab with my left hand with the mouse in my right, and that can cause me to move the pointer over the switcher, changing the selected window. This can slow my down sometimes, getting in the way of quickly flicking back and forth between windows. I'm contacting support to suggest they add that.

It's wonderful tool and I really can't enjoy OSX without it. If I could run only one productivity/UI app on OSX, it would be Witch.

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Version 3.8
TheBloke
+2

I'll add "great support" to my review - I emailed Many Tricks regarding my "ignore mouse" feature request, and they got back to me within the hour.

For anyone else wanting to do this, there are already some hidden settings that can configure how the mouse is handled.

Disable Witch through the PrefPane, then open a Terminal and run any or all of the following (their meanings are self-explanatory):

defaults write ~/Library/Application\ Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Mouse Movement" -bool YES
defaults write ~/Library/Application\ Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Mouse Clicks" -bool YES
defaults write ~/Library/Application\ Support/Witch/Settings "Ignore Scroll Wheel" -bool YES

I now have no issues or problems with Witch at all - it does exactly what it's meant to, in near enough the best possible way!

sixoclockish Member IconReview+1
sixoclockish
+0

Witch is great! But is there any way that I can "reactivate" minimized apps just like in Witch but in the regular Mac OS?

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Version 3.8
sixoclockish
+1

I just figured it out! Hold option when you are on the app you want to activate in the default OS tab switcher

Harristype Member IconComment+731
Harristype
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So what ever happen to Witch 4, which Many Tricks last mentioned below back on December 8, 2010 (more than 2 years ago)? Count me as another unsatisfied customer who has switched to Optimal Layout (formerly WindowFlow). A 2-year silence from the developer is not good for future business.

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Version 3.7
Cowicide Member IconComment+1131
Cowicide
+0

It seem like Witch uses too much virtual memory for what I use it for. I just have it as an alternative way to switch between apps with gestures since if I use xgestures with the native apple app switcher there's a bug with apple or whatever that will make it scroll continuously as if I'm pressing and holding Command-tab without letting go. Witch handles it much better, but I'm not sure it should be using so much VM as it goes. (it uses as much as safari does) - Mac OS 10.6.7 / Witch 3.7

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Version 3.7
Cowicide
+1

I should also mention that Witch's app switcher is slower and more cumbersome than than Apple's command-tab switcher unfortunately.

Cowicide
+1

I ended up going with LiteSwitch. Works much faster, don't force you with a vertical list, uses less memory, etc. - You can also cancel by just click the grey area around the icons. Witch is just too cumbersome.

Moniquee Member IconComment+1
Moniquee
+0

Can't see previews of Photoshop photos, I mean first tab is visible. There is also problem with psd-cmyk photos- cant see prev. Generally this version is unstable. I'll wait until next update will be available.

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Version 3.5.4
Many Tricks (Developer)
+0

Until Apple sees fit to give us a system-wide 'tabs' API, and other developers see fit to use it, tabs will be problematic. We're looking at adding some app-specific tab support in Witch 4, if we can (i.e. if the apps will tell us about their tabs).

-rob.

Daisermac Member IconComment+0
Daisermac
+0

Witch gets unresponsive when the system is under high load (while I am able to use any other application like ms word, watch movies etc.). Emailed to the developper but got no response.

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Version 3.5.4
Many Tricks (Developer)
+0

What email address did you send to? I respond to every email I receive at info@manytricks.com.

-rob.

Zx Member IconReview+380
Zx
+5

Great addition..But 'windows previews' implemented poorly. Just make them appear on the left Side so the previews wont Cover/hide the other windows.

Thanks.

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Version 3.5.1
Many Tricks (Developer)
+8

In Witch 4 -- the next major release -- we'll be offering different layout options for the switching panel and preview windows. However, we can't do that in the current release, as it's going to require a major rewrite of the interface.

But rest assured, it's on our list, and it will be addressed.

regards,
-rob.

Bonobo Member IconReview+59
Bonobo
+0

This new feature, previews of windows, is overly cool, wonderful, BEAUTYful. Cant't believe you guys are putting this in a free update. Thank you!

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Version 3.5
Bonobo Member IconReview+59
Bonobo
+2

Yeah, SPACES, they've finally done it!

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Version 3.2
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Version 3.9.2
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Version 3.9.1
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Version 3.9.1
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Version 3.9
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Downloads 33,459
Version Downloads 2,609
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 18 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $14.00
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