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Put that right Command key to good use

Hold down ⌘ command and press the first letter of the app name to focus apps instantly.
When pressing the key while the app is already focused, you can choose to hide the app or cycle to the next app with the same first letter.
screenshot of the app interface opened from the menu bar, showing running apps with their assigned key

Assign custom keys for your favorite apps

Hold down ⌘ command + ⌥ option and press any letter to assign that letter to the currently focused app.
When an app is in the static list:
  • the assigned key can launch the app when it isn't running
  • the Hide/Cycle setting can be adjusted on a per-app basis.
screenshot of the app interface opened from the menu bar, showing custom assigned keys for apps


What do I do if I have two apps with the same first letter (e.g. Music and Mail)?

Best way to handle this is to assign a custom key for the second app.

For example, if rcmd focuses Mail on + M and you want to assign + U for Music:

And that's it, from now on you can use + U to focuse the Music app.

What does Cycle do?

If you have multiple apps with the same first letter, pressing that letter multiple times will cycle between those apps.

For example, if you have Safari, Spotify and Shortcuts running:

Can I cycle between windows of the same app?

Unfortunately there's no macOS API that allows us to focus specific windows of an app.

The Accessibility API would allow this in some manner but it is not allowed on the App Store.

When I focus some apps, I only see the menu and no window gets focused.

If all windows are closed or minimised for an app, focusing that app won't show any window.

Unfortunately circumventing this needs special permissions to simulate a click on the Dock, and this is not allowed on the App Store.