Switch between Multiple Windows of the Same App on Mac

What to Know

  • You can switch between windows of the same app on a Mac by pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard.
  • You can toggle backward and forward between open windows of the same app or open up a grid of all the open windows of the same app.

Have you ever opened more than one browser window at a time? Or maybe you've had to work on multiple Word documents simultaneously? If so, you can use these easy keyboard shortcuts to quickly switch between open windows of the same app. Let's look at how to switch between windows of the same application on your Mac.

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How to Toggle between Windows of the Same App on Mac

There are a couple of caveats to using this keyboard shortcut: it will only work for open windows in the same desktop space. Also, this command does not work while you're in full-screen mode. In the market for a new M1 MacBook? Check out our review on the MacBook Pro M1 Max to help make your decision. For more nifty Mac tips, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here's how to toggle between windows:

  1. Press the Command key and the ` (tilde) key. This will move you forward between windows of the same app. (If your windows are minimized in the Dock, they will not appear using this method.)

    Switch between windows step 1.1 - Command + `
  2. To move backwards between windows of the same app, press Command + Shift and the `(tilde) key.

    Switch between windows step 1.2 - Command + Shift + `

Each time you press the tilde key, you will rotate forward or backward through the open windows. Release the keys when you reach the window you are looking for.

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How to View Open Windows of the Same App

Similar to the shortcut above, you must first exit full-screen mode to use this keyboard shortcut. Follow the steps below to learn how to switch windows on your Mac:

  1. Press the Control + Down Arrow keys

    Switch between windows step 2.1 - Control + Down key
  2. You will now see a bird's eye view. This is like pressing Mission Control (F3), but instead of zooming out to see all open apps, this will only show you the open windows of the specific app you are currently using.

    Switch between windows step 2.2 - Birds eye view
  3. Press the right or left arrows to rotate through the displayed windows.

    Switch between windows step 2.3 - Right or Left keys
  4. Stop on the window you wish to bring to the front. Click on the window with your mouse, or just hit the return key to select it.

    Tap Return or click to select the window you want to work in.

Now you'll be able to easily shift between open windows of the same application! Learning simple keyboard shortcuts like these will help you be more efficient and navigate your Mac like a pro.


  • How do I open multiple windows of the same app on my Mac? It can be different for every app. Some apps open separate windows automatically, like many Microsoft Suite applications. Others, like Safari or Chrome, require you to right-click or click and drag to move different tabs into separate windows.
  • How do I toggle between desktops on MacBook? Swipe on your Trackpad with three or four fingers to change which desktop you're using. 
  • How do I enable Hot Corners on a Mac? To enable Hot Corners on a Mac, go to Screen Saver settings. You can find Hot Corners preferences in the bottom right. 
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Jivan Hall

Jivan has always been a big fan of Apple products since the original iPod hit the scene, and gets excited about the fast pace of technology. Jivan has a background in both business and tech, and has a degree in business administration. He loves researching new tips and ideas and sharing them with others. Jivan resides out of San Diego in sunny southern California, and tries to spend as much time as humanly possible outdoors with his two young sons playing sports, chasing waves, and on the seemingly never-ending quest for the best fish taco.