Scrolling through your open windows allows you to quickly jump to another open application in Lion, without having to click any icons on the dock. This comes in especially handy for those folks who prefer using the keyboard whenever possible rather than the mouse.
To scroll through all open windows, press and hold down the Command key and then tap the Tab key. This will display a horizontal list of all of your open windows. To scroll through the list, either press the Tab key (with the Command key still held down) or use your right and left arrow keys to navigate the list. You can also hover your mouse over any window in the list to select it.
Once the window that you want to open is selected, release the Command key. This will bring the window to the front. However, you will be unable to bring a window to the front using this method if the window has been minimized – only the application’s menu bar will display in this instance. If this is the case, press and hold down the Option key before you release the Command key. This will then bring the selected window to front.
Use this method to Quit an application as well. Hold down the Command key and then press the Tab key to move from one item to another. When the item you want to close is selected, press the Q key on your keyboard. I use this method every evening before I shut down my Mac to close all of my open applications in succession.
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