What's your most minimal ⌘+Tab?

In tidying up my computer this morning to get ready for the day (i.e., procrastinating*), I realized I have a set of apps I keep open no matter what. There are ones that come and go, but I can’t really “work” without these. It changes over time, I guess, but here’s what it is right now. What’s yours?


ID: Finder, Mail, Chrome, Omnifocus, Fantastical

* Still procrastinating by writing this message.

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Ewwww! Chrome!

Unfortunately I can’t work from a Mac :frowning:

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I know I know… sigh.

Mine seems to be pretty dynamic.

I generally always have:

  • Obsidian
  • Safari
  • A PDF reader
  • Finder
  • Discord (:grimacing:)

Often, but not always:

  • DEVONthink
  • Airmail
  • Fantastical
  • Some media maker. OmniGraffle, Keynote/PowerPoint, mmhmm, Word/Pages
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essential-apps

Don’t mind the unread count.

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I said don’t mind it but you had to go there!

gmail-unread

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Daily startup.

With one of my favorite Glen Baxter drawings on the desktop.

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On a regular workday (if such a thing exists), I’d be surprised if these apps were not open:

  • BBEdit and/or Pages (depending on what I’m writing)
  • Safari
  • Fantastical
  • iTerm
  • MailMate

Mail
Messages
Facebook Messenger
Drafts
BusyCal
Slack
Mimestream
1Password
Alfred
Day One
OmniFocus
DevonThink
Microsoft Word
Apple News.

Messenger and Apple News aren’t work-related, but they are open all the time.

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  • Kiwi for Gmail
  • Safari
  • Chrome
  • Drafts
  • nvUltra beta
  • NotePlan
  • Spyder (IDE)
  • TextExpander
  • Fantastical
  • MultiMarkdown Composer
  • Terminal

As often as not:

  • Firefox
  • BBEdit

And crucial menubar apps:

  • Keyboard Maestro
  • Hammerspoon
  • AirBuddy
  • Karabiner

Here’s mine…

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This is usually the view after I realize I need to close Slack and email if I’m going to do more than solve small problems today. Activity Monitor is the only useless one, but it’s like a security blanket.

P.S. what utilities did you all use to take the screenshot while holding cmd+tab open? I resorted to a screen shot of a screen recording. :frowning:

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Mine’s at 14992 at the moment, so by comparison, you’re doing just fine :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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I’m boring

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You don’t have a Mac?

That is a lovely photo.

it’s dynamic!

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I have a personal Mac Mini for Photos, Plex and backup, but I can’t use it for work. Work provide me a Dell which is a good machine and Windows 10 has been solid.

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So you get to take it home?