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I just moved from Windows 7 to OS X and am generally very happy with the change. There is however one feature i miss after this switch: the "Windows Key" + [1-9] which opens the corresponding applications from the windows task bar.

Is there a similar feature to access applications in the osx dock directly from the keyboard?

thanks!

edit: "Windows key" was missing because i enclosed it in angle brackets

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One option would be to assign shortcuts to scripts like this after saving them in AppleScript Editor:

tell application "System Events" to tell process "Dock"
    click UI element 3 of list 1
end tell

I've just used Alfred to assign custom shortcuts for different applications though. Many advanced users of OS X keep the Dock hidden and switch applications with command+tab, launchers, or keyboard shortcuts.

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