SwitchGlass adds a dedicated application switcher to your Mac. You can customize its appearance, size, and position on each attached display, including hiding it on selected displays. Use it to bring one or all of an app’s windows to the front, or as a drag-and-drop target to open files.

The following app switcher attributes can be customized individually for each attached display:

• Visibility - Permanently hide, show, or auto-hide the app switcher. Auto-hide keeps the app switcher hidden until the mouse cursor touches the region of the screen edge where the app switcher is positioned.
• Position - Move the app switcher to one of eight different positions on each screen.
• Orientation - Make the app switcher horizontal or vertical in a given position.
• Material - Change the appearance of the app switcher background to one of four possible choices (see screenshot above) including a mode where it automatically matches the system appearance (e.g, dark when dark mode is active, light otherwise).
• Corner Style and Radius - Choose from three corner styles: square, circle, or “squircle” (a “continuous” rounded corner style). The corner radius can also be adjusted.
• Icon Size - Adjust the size of app icons in the switcher from 16 to 256 points.
• Icon Padding - Adjust the padding between icons from 0% to 100% of the configured icon size.
• Margin - Adjust the amount of space around the app switcher.

Additionally, the following global settings may be customized:

• App Sort Order - Sort apps by name or launch order, descending or ascending.
• App Filtering - Show all apps or just those with windows on the current display.
• Menu Bar Icon - Choose from three possible menu bar icons.
• App Exclusions - Select apps that should never appear in the app switcher.

Here’s how the app switcher works in its default configuration:

• Click an app icon to bring all windows from that app to the front.
• Hold down the Shift key while clicking an app icon to bring just one window from that app to the front.
• Hold down the Option key while clicking an app icon to hide the current app before bringing the clicked app to the front. (Option-clicking the currently active app will hide it.)
• Hold down the Option and Shift keys while clicking an app icon to hide the current app before bringing just one window from the clicked app to the front. (Option-Shift-clicking the currently active app will hide it.)
• Right-click (or Control-click) an app icon to activate a context menu from which you can perform any of the supported actions (described below).
• Drag one or more files or folders onto an app icon to open those items with the app.
• Hold down the Command key while clicking on an app icon to reveal the app in the Finder.

The click and Shift-click actions are configurable. Each may be set to any one of these actions:

• Show All Windows - Activate an app and bring all its window to the front.
• Activate - Activate an app and bring a single window to the front.
• Reopen - Activate an app in a way that triggers its “reopen” handler. Apps can choose to do whatever they want in response to a “reopen” action, but most bring a single window to the front, opening a new window (or un-minimizing a window from the Dock) if none are open.
• Reopen and Show All - This is the same as “Reopen” except that SwitchGlass will also bring all the app’s windows to the front after sending the “reopen” action.

For more information, click the SwitchGlass menu bar icon and choose “Help”, or visit

What’s New

Version 1.4.5

• Briefly show auto-hidden app switchers when changing appearance preferences.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

John PB. ,

Thank goodness for this app

This app does one thing extremely well: it provides a narrow window on the screen showing all the running applications and lets you activate them (and a few other functions).

I have been missing this functionality ever since upgrading to Catalina. But now it's here, and so wonderfully implemented. So many small details really make this a pleasant experience.

- When you have so many apps running that they won't all fit on the screen at once (yes, that's me), the app adjust the icon sizes to fit everything.
- Beautiful translucent design.
- Multi-screen support.
- Lots and lots of customizations.

If you feel the Dock solves this problem for you, that's fine. But if you see the utility of this program, then I feel confident you'll really appreciate how well this utility has been implemented.

0g1dnew ,

Multi Monitor users should love this.

In my particular setup, I have 2 monitors with the menubar on the right monitor and the dock oriented vertically on the right side of that monitor. That's just what works for me. I love this app because I can select to hide it on my right monitor and place it horizontally at the top right of my left monitor so it's almost like I have an extension of the Menubar extending onto the left monitor. This places the App Switcher relatively central to my work space and saves me from having to mouse across two monitors to my right handed dock. It's easy to adjust the size and color to match the menubar so it just looks like it's part of the Menubar interface. I love it! Yes this is a highly niche little app, but if you have a use case for it, it's definitely valuable.

tdickey ,

Lovely little applet, (hi John)

SwitchGlass (the name is growing on me) has solved a major headache with the macOS dock. In my particular use case, I have multiple monitors stacked one above the other and I cannot abide having the stock macOS Dock anywhere but the bottom and hidden, this makes the dock on the top monitor all but non-existent, placing a SwitchGlass launcher on the upper monitor has solved my dock-less monitor headaches. My main issue is that it does not seem so summon minimized applications from the dock? Am I doing something wrong?


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2.9 MB

macOS 10.15 or later, 64-bit processor



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