Quickly change between open documents on your Mac with this keyboard shortcut

By , Sep 13, 2016

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Sometimes while handing document files on your Mac, you may end up opening more than one at the same time so you can copy and paste excerpts, or to make modifications to a document while reading another.

Making life easier for switching between those multiple open document files is a handy keyboard shortcut that works not only with Apple’s Pages app, but also with Microsoft Word and a slew of other apps.

While you have two or more documents open in your favorite word-processing software, simply press and hold the Command key and then strike the ~ (Tilde) key on your keyboard.

This keyboard shortcut will switch your word-processing app’s window to the next document you have open, as illustrated by the following animated GIF:

Switch between open documents Pages GIF

It’s worth noting that you can repeatedly strike the ~ (Tilde) key again and again until you get to the document you want, which comes in handy if you have more than two documents open at the same time. If you only have two open at once, this will move you back and forth between both documents.

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  • Joaquim N.

    Great tip, thank you!

  • Oscar

    Amazing! I’m all about shortcut keys. Thank you.

  • Albert

    It’s for minor things like this article that I love this site. And sometimes the not so minor things 🙂

  • :D

    Handy… I’ve been using separate desktops

  • This is cool for times when I only have 2 windows open! Thanks for the tip, I think I’ll still use the 4 finger downward swipe for 3 or more windows but this is certainly going to get a lot of use 🙂

    Actually, sharing tips… did you know that if you do a 4 finger swipe down while your cursor is over an icon in the dock it will show the windows for that application?

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      did you know that if you do a 4 finger swipe down while your cursor is over an icon in the dock it will show the windows for that application?

      Did you know that force touching on an icon the Dock shows all windows for that app?

      • Nice! Sadly none of my macs have a force touch trackpad so I can’t really take advantage of that.

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        There is always Magic Trackpad 2 available, but you’ll have to spend some bucks for that 😉 😉

      • Actually (confession time) I already own one, but since 99% of my work is done from my laptop I find it’s just easier to use the native touchpad. I’ve used it a few times but it just wasn’t as convenient for me (especially on the go). Once mac mini’s get thunderbolt 3 I’ll probably buy one and I can put it to some good use then though 🙂

      • Agneev Mukherjee

        True, native’s always nice. Though iOS 10 just released!!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I find this highly useful. Thanks for the great tip, Anthony!

  • Dillan

    discovered this one a couple weeks ago and love it! It works with any application you have two windows open of.