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Switch focus with a transient per-application keyboard shortcut

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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.)


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.


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


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.


Type Variable
Description If this is set to "vimperator", every window hint starts with the first character


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



Signature hs.hints.windowHints([windows, callback, allowNonStandard])
Type Function
Description Displays a keyboard hint for switching focus to each window
  • 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
  • None
  • If there are more windows open than there are characters available in hs.hints.hintChars, multiple characters will be used
  • If 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())`

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