If you’ve been a Mac user for more than a few years, you probably know certain keyboard basics. These are somewhat universal for Mac users. Command-C to copy. Command-Q to quit. Command-P to print. Command-X to cut. Command-V to paste.
One command key function that doesn’t get the same amount of love is the time honored keyboard method to switch between running applications. Instead of clicking on the app’s icon in the Dock– which requires you to move your hands from the keyboard to the mouse or trackpad and back again– use the keyboard instead. Command-Tab gets you to a different app much faster and your hands stay on the keyboard the way God intended.
Keyboard Power, Baby!
One of the key differences between the average Mac user and the experience Mac user is the keyboard. The former uses mouse or trackpad, while the latter prefers the keyboard. Command-Tab is about as simple as it gets, but, to be honest, it doesn’t do much. Command-Tab displays a list of running apps and the keyboard tab or arrow keys move to the app you want.
This is where it’s at.
What if the Command-Tab functionality were a superhero, or, at least, on performance enhancing d-r-u-g-s? That’s what you get with SuperTab.
If there’s a single app a Mac user could install to help go from average Mac user of the masses to a power user, it’s SuperTab.
How useful is this?
Instead of simply tabbing between the Mac’s open apps, SuperTab gives you access to every app in the Dock, including files and folders (remember those little icons on the right side of the Dock).
With SuperTab installed, you still get the standard way of Command-Tab to move to a different application, but you also get this– a supercharged tab key. SuperTab gives power to your Mac’s keyboard so you can navigate through Dock apps, recent apps, recent documents, even view Dropbox or Desktop contents.
It’s also configurable, so you can access specific folders, take screenshots, or navigate to a website– all from Command-Tab. And tab, tab, tab. Use SuperTab to look through the contents of a folder on your Mac, or search through tagged items.
Wait! There’s more!
SuperTab is super configurable with options to run only during certain hours or days of the week. Setup a custom hotkey combo other than Command-Tab, add or remove labels and tags, share files via email, or use the keyboard to drill down into the Mac’s file structure to find apps, folders, or files without using the trackpad or mouse.
That’s what keyboard power can do. SuperTab makes it possible. It’s a nicely done app which works well to make a power user out of an average Command-Tab user. The price is right and the developer is responsive to suggestions and problems, plus, it’s try-before-you-buy.