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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9

What is LiteSwitch?

Short Answer: It's a Keyboard Switcher - the same one found in GoMac.

Long Answer: LiteSwitch is a Mac OS implementation of the Alt-Tab feature found in another operating system. GoMac, Proteron's popular Program Bar and Start Menu for the Mac, has LiteSwitch built in. In response to numerous requests, LiteSwitch has been unbundled and is being distributed for free!

Why should I use LiteSwitch instead of other program switchers?

Short Answer: It's simple, it's stable, it's elegant... and it's free.

How do I use LiteSwitch?

LiteSwitch is installed by copying it into your Control Panels folder and rebooting.

You invoke LiteSwitch by pressing the key combination assigned in the LiteSwitch control panel and keeping the modifier key held down. The default is Command-Tab. When you invoke LiteSwitch, a window will appear with all of your open programs. Pressing Tab allows you to select a program.

How do I customize LiteSwitch?

The LiteSwitch control panel allows you to specify what key combination invokes the Keyboard Switcher. If you encounter an incompatibility, from the Control Panel you can also disable LiteSwitch.

— Excerpts from the enclosed "Read Me" doc.

MD5 checksum & filename: b8df5dfb44e98c79d38a3ee504a4276d *LiteSwitch-1.sit


LiteSwitch was later open-sourced and the source code made downloadable for free, but its FTP location has moved and this source is no longer available. If anyone has DL'd this in the past, please add it to this page.


Also of interest are localized versions of the LiteSwitch Control Panel. LiteSwitch was available in Finnish, Swedish and Japanese (and perhaps other languages). If anyone has a localized copy, please add it to this page, too.


Architecture: 68k

Requires a 68020 or newer CPU, Mac OS 7.5 or later for full operability, but will work in earlier SSW 7.1 and newer.

Although architecture is 68K it also runs fine on PPC Mac.

Crashes 68000 Mini vMac but works OK with '020 Mac II variations of Mini vMac.

Possibly redundant in later Mac OS's, 9.0.4 - 9.2.2, which include their own built-in keyboard switcher.

For similar software that runs on 68000 Mac, see: Option-Tab Program Switcher.


MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2019, June 23 - 5:43am

I really wish this would work on 68000 classic macs.

See Option-Tab Program Switcher

reukiodo's picture
by reukiodo - 2018, June 15 - 1:37pm

This requires a 68020 cpu. I really wish this would work on 68000 classic macs.