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Can I switch between individual figure windows with the Apple-Tab key combination in MATLAB?

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On the Windows version of MATLAB, I can switch between undocked individual figure windows and the main MATLAB window using the Alt-Tab key combination. However, on the Macintosh version of MATLAB, I cannot switch between individual figure windows with the analogous Cmd-Tab key combination.

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 27 Jun 2009
This is the correct behavior on Mac OS X. The Cmd-Tab key combination cycles through applications, not windows.
The ability to cycle through figure windows is a feature added in the Mac OS X version of MATLAB 7.2 (R2006a). To cycle through an application’s window layer (or individual windows), use the Cmd-~ key combination.
For previous product releases, you must use the Window menu and select the appropriate figure window.
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Mary Abbott
Mary Abbott on 9 May 2018
Our development team is currently investigating this issue, and they believe it is related to a change in the Java software that MATLAB uses. Unfortunately, the only workarounds right now are to use Cmd+Shift+~ or to use a release previous to R2018a.

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