Command-C for Copy. Command-X for Cut. Command-V to Paste. Command-Q to Quit. And a favorite, Command-Tab key to bring up the Mac’s app switcher. What’s great about the app awitcher is that it’s easy to move from one app to another without moving your hands off the keyboard. Command-Tab and then tab again to cycle through all the running apps.
Is there anything better? How about adding super powers to the app switcher?
What Superman Would Use
Superman can fly faster than a speeding bullet, and he’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and I’m sure the x-ray vision can be handy, but how’s his typing speed? Does he use a QWERTY keyboard or something exotic from Krypton? Surely the Man of Steel is a Mac user and it’s likely he would appreciate the aptly named app, SuperTab, which brings super powers to the Command-Tab function.
SuperTab supercharges the Command-Tab shortcut to give you options Apple doesn’t bother with in OS X because that would upset and confuse all those new Mac users who switched from Windows.
Instead of just a list of open and running apps, SuperTab does this.
Without any configuration, SuperTab gives you six different functions for Command-Tab.
- Active Applications – your active applications, just as with the original Application Switcher
- Dock Items – all the applications, files & folders that you have in your Dock
- Recent Applications – the applications you’ve recently opened
- Recent Documents – the documents you’ve recently opened
- Dropbox or Desktop Contents – your Dropbox and its contents (if you use Dropbox). Otherwiwse, your Desktop contents
- Custom Items – an example configuration with Web Sites, common folders, MetaFolders, Screen Shots, Cubbyholes and more
Plus, each of those is customizable so you can add other options that Apple never dreamed of. For example, get access to Dropbox from Command-Tab. View all the items in the Mac’s Dock (whether opened and running or not). Command-Tab to view recent documents or recent apps or the contents of any folder.
SuperTab itself can be invoked by Command-Tab, just like it works in OS X, or Option-Tab, or Double-Press Command, or, get this, mouse and trackpad users, by moving the screen pointer to a corner of the Mac’s screen.
I’ve had to wait awhile for SuperTab to catch up to El Capitan but it seems to work without a hiccup. Now, if only I could get Default Folder to work with OS X 10.11.x. It’s coming. I’m waiting.