How to open a minimized window by using keyboard only?

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  1. BuddyMac macrumors member

    BuddyMac

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    How can I open a minimized file/folder/application window by using keyboard only.

    "Cmd + Tab" letting me to get focus to that particular file/folder/application window when it was NOT minimized. But how could I open a minimized one through a keyboard shortcut??

    Help me please....
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    There's no quick shortcut, but it can be accessed via just the keyboard.

    Do Ctrl+F3 to move focus to Dock
    Use arrows to move to item and hit enter (or maybe space) to activate item.

    Note, may have issues on certain keyboards.
     
  4. benpatient macrumors 68000

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    hey i learned something today! I didn't know you could do that.

    could be useful in some situations...it's location aware, too, if your dock is on the side instead of the bottom (whose isn't?)
     
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

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  6. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

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    The only way I am able to do this is through Quicksilver. If for example, Firefox is minimized and I'm too lazy to mouse it, I just invoke QS and type out firefox then hit enter. I know it requires more keystrokes but this works 100%. This is what I mean.
     
  7. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I like using the control + h for hiding the window then I just use control + tab to go to the program I want that I have hidden. I usually don't minimize any of my windows I just hide them.
     
  8. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

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    That works too.
     
  9. BuddyMac thread starter macrumors member

    BuddyMac

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    Good suggestion. But won't it consume CPU/RAM when hidden? I guess the minimized applications/windows will consume less CPU than the opened (behind) ones. Am I wrong?
     
  10. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Being hidden has no impact on CPU or RAM usage. Let's say I have terminal open and it's doing a backup or some other task. Even if I hide it, the CPU is still being used.

    For memory, if the app is open it is consuming memory. Hiding has no impact on that either.
     
  11. BuddyMac thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot. It's really good info for me.
     

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