Let’s talk about one-trick ponies for a moment. We all have a few Mac apps that do just one thing and probably do it well.
Your Mac has a few built-in one-trick pony apps. Spaces. Exposé. Desktop Pictures. Grab. Command-Tab displays your Mac’s open apps. What displays all the windows of your open apps? Aha. Now it gets interesting.
How To Find The Right Open Window Now
Savvy Mac users know they can open up System Preferences, and add a hot corner to Exposé & Spaces to display all your own app windows. It’s easy. It’s free.
That’s good for some Mac users, but not all.
If your Mac’s screen is loaded with apps and each app is loaded with open windows, Command-Tab doesn’t work, and neither does Display All Windows.
Those windows get smaller and less visible the more your Mac’s screen gets crowded with apps and open app windows. What can you do to overcome the clutter of productivity? Or, put another way, what can you do to become more productive with your clutter?
Illuminate Your Mac
Illuminate is a decidedly expensive one-trick pony app for your Mac that finds the open window lost in the clutter of open apps and app windows.
Apple gives us a few visual clues when we’re trying to find open apps and their open windows. The little light below the app icon in the Dock helps. Command-Tab brings up the list of open apps.
Select one and then try to find the open document or file for that app. Or, just use Illuminate. Yes, it’s a one-trick pony app, but it finds open windows and documents a few different ways.
First, there’s the Menubar selection. Click, select the app, get a list of all the open windows or documents for that app.
Simple enough, right?
Illuminate displays what you need in a hierarchy of apps and files and documents. What if your Mac is even more crowded with open windows than mine?
Or, select the Quick Switch option and Illuminate displays a list of all open apps and their respective windows, files, documents.
If the list is too long, enter a few keywords in the search field.
Frankly, Illuminate is very handy despite the focus on a singular objective. A quick display of your open apps, windows, documents.
This isn’t an app for every Mac user. It’s not priced as a bargain or value app, but power users or Mac users with a lot of screen clutter will find it very useful. This has to be a handy app for any power user who has two or more displays connected to a Mac.