The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Minimizing and closing windows!

A great tip submitted by Brandon J. Bowman: Minimizing and closing windows! Sometimes when browsing the web, I end up with a lot of windows open and there is often information that I want to keep for later. I usually just minimize all these windows one by one, but there is a quicker way! If you hold "Option" and click on the yellow minimize button, it will minimize every window in that running application (it works with every app). In the same way, you can hold "Option" and click on a minimized window in the Dock and it will maximize every window loaded in that application. You can also use the same tip to close windows, hold down "Option" and click on the red "close" button in the upper left. Every window in that application will close except those that are minimized in the Dock! Thanks for the great tip Brandon!


Blogger Reds said...

The keyboard shortcuts are ⎇⌘M for minimizing all windows and ⎇⌘W for closing all windows within an application. By the way, does anyone know if there's a keyboard shortcut to get minimized windows back to the screen, that is, without using the dock?

June 2, 2007 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

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June 3, 2007 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Mitch said...

Using the dock doesn't work for me. I click the window and it just becomes shaded for a second... Definitely a good tip! Will come in handy! Thanks!

June 3, 2007 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Nice tip, Thank you.
I too end up with many many windows open.

June 3, 2007 at 7:54 AM  
Blogger bestox said...

what stands "option" for? apple key?

June 3, 2007 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

The Option key is the same as the Alt key. Macgeek.

June 3, 2007 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Kush said...

you can also open all windows of the same app by clicking option and one of the windows in the dock

June 3, 2007 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Garrett said...

Does anyone know how to expand a window to fill the screen using a keyboard shortcut? The only way I know how is by using the bottom right corner to drag the window to the size I want. The green maximize button in the top right corner just makes it bigger and does not actually maximize the way the windows equivalent does.

June 3, 2007 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Byte Me said...

after reading garrett's post i used it all the time in the pc world, loved it and great when running multi windows. tab thru them then hit f11. although it dosen't work on the mac platform, it does something equally impressive. it moves all the windows off the screen to the sides depending on what it is on. hitting f11 again brings them back

June 3, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger BJM said...

Re. Garrett "Does anyone know how to expand a window to fill the screen using a keyboard shortcut...?" It would appear that this is a Mac "thing". However, this stie: is a long thread which has a few solutions on offer (about 3/4 of the way down).

June 3, 2007 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger wesley said...

neither of them worked for me...any help...and foe the earlier question about maximizing using the keyboard shortcuts...i know for itunes "apple" L works...but not for any other apps......

June 5, 2007 at 2:56 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Maximizing isn't really necessary on a Mac (except maybe in Microsoft Word) because the green + button will resize the window to the largest useful size. Most of the time, when browsing the web per example, the Safari window doesn't need to take up the whole screen because most websites have a standard size that is much smaller.

Wesley: You mean that if you have many windows open in a single application, you hold "Option", and you click on the yellow "-", it doesn't minimize all the windows at the same time?


June 5, 2007 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger wesley said...

yes...i can now get them to minimize, but for some reason it wasnt working yesterday.....and the maximizing is till not working properly...

June 6, 2007 at 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also like to know a way to minimize with keyboard shortcuts only... is there any?

June 10, 2007 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger denise said...

I've found that I can hide an application using the keyboard (Command + H) and then command tab to bring the application back. However, I would also like to know how to use the keyboard to bring back a window I've minimized.

June 10, 2007 at 7:42 PM  

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