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Switch focus with a transient per-application keyboard shortcut

API Overview

API Documentation

Variables

fontName
Signature hs.hints.fontName
Type Variable
Description

A fully specified family-face name, preferrably the PostScript name, such as Helvetica-BoldOblique or Times-Roman. (The Font Book app displays PostScript names of fonts in the Font Info panel.) The default value is the system font

fontSize
Signature hs.hints.fontSize
Type Variable
Description

The size of font that should be used. A value of 0.0 will use the default size.

hintChars
Signature hs.hints.hintChars
Type Variable
Description

This controls the set of characters that will be used for window hints. They must be characters found in hs.keycodes.map The default is the letters A-Z. Note that if hs.hints.style is set to "vimperator", this variable will be ignored.

showTitleThresh
Signature hs.hints.showTitleThresh
Type Variable
Description

If there are less than or equal to this many windows on screen their titles will be shown in the hints. The default is 4. Setting to 0 will disable this feature.

style
Signature hs.hints.style
Type Variable
Description

If this is set to "vimperator", every window hint starts with the first character of the parent application's title

titleMaxSize
Signature hs.hints.titleMaxSize
Type Variable
Description

If the title is longer than maxSize, the string is truncated, -1 to disable, valid value is >= 6

Functions

windowHints
Signature hs.hints.windowHints([windows, callback, allowNonStandard])
Type Function
Description

Displays a keyboard hint for switching focus to each window

Parameters:

  • windows - An optional table containing some hs.window objects. If this value is nil, all windows will be hinted
  • callback - An optional function that will be called when a window has been selected by the user. The function will be called with a single argument containing the hs.window object of the window chosen by the user
  • allowNonStandard - An optional boolean. If true, all windows will be included, not just standard windows

Returns:

  • None

Notes:

  • If there are more windows open than there are characters available in hs.hints.hintChars, multiple characters will be used
  • If hints.style is set to "vimperator", every window hint is prefixed with the first character of the parent application's name
  • To display hints only for the currently focused application, try something like:
    • hs.hints.windowHints(hs.window.focusedWindow():application():allWindows())