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On OS X, if I cmd-tab between applications without a window open (say, Chrome after I've closed all current windows), I will be able to switch to that application but no new window will open; to open a new one, I will thus have to press cmd-n or something of that sort.

I can accomplish all of the above by using the cmd-opt-tab shortcut, which will open a new window if there isn't one, but that is much harder to press. So the question is:

How can I make this the default behavior?

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An older (unsupported) OS X application, LiteSwitch X, had an option that would allow this. –  vrtcl1dvoshun Apr 17 '12 at 15:59
    
You've already found the easiest workaround – I don't believe there's anything better. Maybe Witch does it? Haven't tried it yet. –  slhck Apr 17 '12 at 19:32
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The app Hyperswitch (in development) replicates the functionality I lost with the abandonment of LiteSwitch X and will open new windows if none are open while switching to an app via CMD-TAB.

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I would call closed applications without window, zombie apps, and it is insane when Alt+Tab brings up a zombie app –  dashesy Mar 20 '13 at 6:15
    
Depends on the load time of the application... –  vrtcl1dvoshun May 1 '13 at 17:56
    
Additionally, if I use a program often and close several open files before opening new ones, I don't want to have to find the application in my dock, search for in my application launcher / spotlight, etc. CMD-TAB is (for me) often the easiest way to get to a new window. –  vrtcl1dvoshun May 1 '13 at 18:20
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