An open source alternative dock for Windows and macOS that helps you switch super fast between your favorite apps

Switch - A free and open source alternative to ALT + TAB for windows 10 and macos

While Windows 10 has a wide variety of keyboard shortcuts and functions specially designed to dominate your work areas and be more productive, it cannot be denied that there are so many options that it is sometimes quite difficult to remember that the combination of keys does everything at once. Unless we use it daily.

Many make constant use of the famous ALT + TAB to switch between active windows, it is fast and quite efficient. If you like that function, you probably like this little tool called Switch.

Switch is an open source project hosted on GitHub and you can download the version of the app for Windows completely free, the application for macOS is still under development, but they promise it will arrive soon.

Dock and application changer

Switch is extremely simple, it only has two functions: the alternative dock and the application changer. Once you install it you will add a small empty dock with only eight available spaces .

To these spaces you can add the shortcuts of your favorite applications, either by dragging the access from the desktop or by clicking on the “+” icon and searching the directories of your applications.

Each dock icon corresponds to a keyboard shortcut: ALT + 1, ALT + 2, ALT + 3, etc. Use the ALT key for the convenience of using the shortcut on either side of the keyboard. In the configuration you can choose some settings such as:

  • If you want the dock to hide automatically
  • If you want to bring an app to the front with your shortcut, it is seen in a maximized window
  • If you want the dock to be on the right or on the left

If you are one of those with a small group of selected apps among which you constantly change, this quick-change mini dock can come in handy. Or, you can always use one of the new Windows 10 PowerToys.

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Jiya Saini
Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com