How do I escape an application without close it when it is running full screen?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gallyjh, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. gallyjh macrumors newbie

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    So I just bought a Mac, and have been using a Windows PC my whole life. One thing I've learned as a windows user is to escape out of an application at any time when I just hit ctrl-esc or alt-tab. What is the equivalent for OSX? In particular, when I'm playing World of Warcraft at full screen sometimes I receive instant messages in the background, and the only way to get to them seems to be fully exiting Warcraft. I can't seem to just command-tab to it. Is there a way to get back to my desktop? I felt I've tried every command-button combination can't find it. Any ideas would be appreciated! Thank you!

    ~Gally
     
  2. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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  3. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Would command-M minimize Warcraft? I don't know if it works on games...
     
  4. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    I'm in the same boat as you gallyjh Used Windows for a while,and got used to minimizing games with the windows key...
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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  6. Chanabra macrumors member

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    Run WoW at windowed mode anyway: command+m; you'll get higher FPS and can read your IM's if you have it positioned in a certain way.
     
  7. gallyjh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input. The only thing that seems to work is command-M which puts it in a framed window, but then atleast I can hit command-H which will minimize it. Kind of a hack around it. But it works.

    I would run it in a frame but I actually get slower fps then when I run fullscreen.
     
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