Command+Tab Application Switching

Discussion in 'macOS' started by deckmoney, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. deckmoney macrumors member

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    I tend to Hide applications when I'm done using them. Is there anyway to make an application window come forward when I use Command+Tab to switch to the hidden application?

    For example, say I have Mail.app open and I "Hide" the application. When I Command+Tab to it, the Mail application is selected (and the top menu changes to the Mail menus), but the Window Viewer isn't shown. Same happens for iTunes and many other applications.

    I get the same problem when I just minimize an application to the dock.

    Is there anyway around this?
     
  2. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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  3. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    Do you mean hide or close?

    I've just been trying this out (I'm on 10.4.4) and if you hide the app with Cmd-H, then when you Cmd-Tab to the application, the window will reappear. Have tried this with Mail, Safari & iTunes.

    However, if you close a window with Cmd-W, then the window won't reappear when you Cmd-Tab. This makes sense to me, as hiding means that you're still using the window, you just want it out the way, whereas closing indicates that you have finished with that window (if not with the app).

    Doesn't work with minimizing either.
     
  4. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yeah, command-tab does open my hidden windows when I Tab to them. Are you sure you're hiding the apps (command-H) and not closing the window (command-W)?
     
  5. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    That's right. When you hide an application, and then select it, the window WILL reappear. If you minimize the program's window, it won't reappear if you select it again.

    Are you sure you are doing everything right?
     
  6. kwajaln macrumors 6502

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    What's the difference between hide (which I have never used) and minimize?
     
  7. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

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    "Hide" hides the window...out of view.
    "Minimize" puts a miniature version of the window into your dock.

    I'm a big fan of Witch—very handy!
     
  8. kwajaln macrumors 6502

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    I had no idea, gotta check that out when I get home tonight! Thanks.
     

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