Remove Finder from the Command+Tab Application Switcher in Mac OS X
The Command+Tab application switcher gets a lot use by many Mac OS X power users, and by default it will include the Finder in the apps to be able to switch to and from. If you’d rather limit the App Switcher to only swap between open applications and not include the Finder though, you’ll have to dig out the command line.
- Launch the Terminal and type the following:
- Add the following strings near the top of the plist file but under “<dict>”:
- Now hit Control+O to save the changes, then hit Control+X to exit out of nano
- Finally you must kill the Finder to relaunch it with the following command:
- Exit out of Terminal and hit Command+Tab again to verify the change
sudo nano /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Info.plist
You’ll need to authenticate because you are using sudo to edit a system file
That should look like this:
You can undo this at any time by editing the Info.plist file again and removing the two lines you added.
This tip and topmost image come from joshdzielak.com, we modified the process slightly and chose to use the simpler nano editor rather than vi.
Thanks for sending this in Dan