Improve focus by disabling alt-tab in OSX
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focus-tab

Hack to improve focus by disabling alt-tab in OSX

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Requirements

Setup

  • Install workflow in alfred
  • Add contents of private.xml into your Karabiner private.xml file and reload it.
  • Create two different Karabiner profiles. In the first, do not enable the 'focus-tab' feature, but do it in the second one.

More info

Enabled feature Profiles

  • More information about private.xml here
  • More about multiple profiles here

Usage

Toggle alt-tab functionality by activating alfred, typing 'focus' and pressing enter.

Tips

  • Don't use it all the time, or your brain will start finding ways to work around it.
  • Use alfred to assign shortcuts for applications you planning to use while in alt-focus. I use option+a for Emacs and option+s for my browser, then I just use these to switch between apps.
  • If you really need to switch to another app, use alfred to quickly raise the application window.
  • Put the applications you planning to use in full-screen mode.