Contexts

Contexts 3.7

Increases your productivity by providing quick ways to switch between windows.
3.8  (97 votes)
3.7.1 (See all)

Contexts is intended to increase your productivity when you need to switch between open windows. The application has an easy-to-use interface. In this respect, most of the user interaction occurs through an unobtrusive sidebar, which you can move to different borders of your screen.

The other part of the interface is the settings window. Luckily, the different options have been conveniently organized into tabs, so finding them is not a problem. Besides, in case you feel overwhelmed with so many options, you can still leave them as they are because customization is not a must to use the tool.

The settings allow you to control how the program looks, but, above all, they help you personalize the way you want to interact with the app. Luckily, there are four different ways to switch windows. Although it is true that you can use the mouse, and even gestures, this will probably have little impact on productivity. In my opinion, the best advantage comes from using the keyboard, with support for keystrokes, key combinations and hotkeys. Likewise, you can use the search tool to find the desired window. And, one thing that I really appreciate from Contexts is the possibility of switching windows even if they are in different spaces or multiple displays.

There are other conveniences of using this tool to save precious time. For instance, if you use the command+tab method, the app puts the most recently activated windows on top of the list. As to search capabilities, it is great that the number of necessary strokes has been reduced to the minimum. In this regard, the tool does not require entering the letters of a word in the same sequence they appear in the window title. Likewise, it can automatically narrow your search by simply using an acronym instead of the full name. What is more, the application can “remember” your choices for every search and make them appear first in the list.

In general, Contexts is a great alternative for macOS’s methods to switch between windows. Compared with at least one popular similar app, the only thing Contexts seems not to have is providing accessibility to open windows and apps through the menu bar. Therefore, it is a product I strongly recommend if you want to be more productive and save a couple of key strokes.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Provides several ways to switch between windows
  • Highly customizable
  • Powerful search function
  • Supports several screens and monitors

Cons

  • Does not allow accessing windows via the menu bar
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