Expose keyboard shortcuts

Jun 13, 2007 - 6 Comments

Expose is an awesome feature of Mac OS X, I use it so often it is almost impossible to live without. If you don’t use Expose, you should start, and MacApper has a nice list of keyboard shortcuts with each accompanying action.

• F9 – Show windows for all apps
• F10 – Show windows for one app
• F11 – Show desktop
• Tab – Cycle through applications and their windows
• Shift-Tab – Go to the previous application
• Arrow Keys – Move between windows in Exposé
• Spacebar or Enter – Bring selected window to the front
• Esc – Leave Exposé, ignoring window selection

Source: MacApper: Expose hidden secrets: keyboard controls

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Posted by: David Mendez in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. William Wallace says:

    FYI, F9 and F10 are backwards

  2. Bryan says:

    You forgot the one I use the most: F11 – Show Desktop

  3. gr says:

    Thanks! I didn’t know I could use tab to cycle through like that — this actually makes Exposé useful for me, finally.

  4. Sam Cropper says:

    if you are on the browser thing when you press “menu” on the remote (or apple, esc) press ctrl, alt, apple and escape to exit immediately without exit animation :)

  5. Dean says:

    Check out this new book. It has over 1,000 OS X keyboard shortcuts for 10 core Mac apps.


  6. Dyegov says:

    This is awesome for new people to mac like me. Thanks a lot!

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