Restore window once minimized

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by happymacker, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2007
    First of all, glad I made the switch to Mac. I only wish that I would have started off on one. It's so much easier that I tend to make things difficult while still shaking a PC-mindset.

    Does anyone know of a keyboard shortcut that allows a window to be restored to its original size once it's minimized or hidden? I would like to use the command+tab to switch to the application, then restore the window with the keyboard. For example, when using mail, I will minimize the window and use Safari. When I cycle back to mail (command+tab) I have activated the program again, but I have to click on Window>Message Viewer to see my mailbox again.

    Maybe I'm just being lazy. But, I want to figure this out. Thanks.
  2. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I don't think a keyboard shortcut exists for that, but you could always create one.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    However there's no menu command anywhere to un-minimize a window. Even Bring All to Front doesn't do it.

    I suggest that instead of minimizing, use the Hide command (Command H). Command Tab will then bring the hidden windows back.
  4. macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2006
    Try Witch

    Download "witch," which, (no pun intended) is similar to the windows alt-tab powertoy, and a supplement to the mac's cmd-tab function. You can set a preference to allow it to restore minimized windows. I just tried it with Safari and it worked.
  5. macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    If you don't want to switch from your keyboard to you mouse, you could also use:
    - press CRTL + F3 to activate the Dock
    - use the arrow keys to navigate to the minimised window.
    It's perhaps not the fasted solution, but it works.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    Sweet thanks for the tip, i am a big time keyboard user and hardly use my mouse but for gaming or other minor things.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2007

    Thanks for the tips guys. Witch is really nice.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    Instead of minimizing the window, hide the window. Cmd H. I believe that when you Cmd Tab through your apps, when you select one, it will restore any app window to the screen that has been hidden.

    More useful than minimize IMO.

    I hope this answers your question. I may have misunderstood though.

  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    This information was REALLY helpful!

    Being a switcher (or more like an "adder" since there are still PCs in the household) this is something I have been looking for. Why are there two almost similar commands? What does minimize do that hide don't and vice versa??

    Thanks anyway!
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    Check this Blog - Minwoo’s Right Brain Archive

    I copied and pasted the info below from this blog:

    Ctrl-F3 which put focus on the Dock. Bah. This method sucks as you need to use arrow key to navigate through the dock icons. It’s good in case you absolutely have to press something on the dock… almost never, for me.
    Cmd-tab then press Option as you release Cmd key. Good ‘ol Option key. There are so many hidden goodies on Mac apps associates with the Option. Awesome!
  11. macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    T H A N K S!

    Ok, there is one more key invalved, but it definitely does the trick.

    In my opinion this is the winner.

    I must definitely explore the possibilities of the "Good ‘ol Option key" more :)
  12. macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2010
    Another solution

    You can command+tab to the program that is minimized and before you let go of command roll your thumb over to the alt/option key. hope that makes sense
  13. macrumors 601

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Wicked! ;)
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    I spent 10 minutes registering, just want to say "This is fabulous!"
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2013
  16. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2013
    This is an awesome approach, but for mountain lion, there is a better way:

    Cmd+tab to the app that you want.
    Ctrl+down to enter application windows
    Choosing window you want with arrows keys. The chosen window will be indicated by glowing outer box (the minimized windows will be smaller in the bottom). Enter

    Hope this help.

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