Mac OSX Command-tab tips

Just a few tips on using command-tab on OSX (10.7-Lion). While holding command-tab:

  • You can use the arrow keys to move left-right through the icon list
  • You can press up arrow to see windows associated with an app
  • Once in the windows mode (up arrow), you can continue to command-tab through application windows
  • You can use command + tilda (key above tab) to browse through all windows.
  • In some applications you can access history in this way (e.g. TextMate)
  • Command-Q will close a window

There are heaps more, that I’m sure I’ll discover (in the usual Apple way) but these have been quite helpful so far.

Command Line Calendar

As you may have noticed, I’m a big fan of the command line. In fact the main reason I like Mac OSX over Windows is because it is BSD (Unix) based and has a proper terminal.

One cool thing you can do is get the calendar for the current month from the command line like so:

$ cal

     June 2012
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                1  2
 3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

You can also grab the calendar for the whole year like this:

$ cal 2012