"Maximizing" a minimized window

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pixeler, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. pixeler macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2009
    I'm a fairly recent convert from Windows and one thing that's truly driving me mad is that I can't get back to windows I've mistakenly minimized via keyboard shortcuts. I realize most of the time I'm doing this out of habit (for example, I hit command-M in Entourage thinking it'll check my mail), but it'd be nice if there was a way to bring back windows without having to go find it in the dock. I thought command-~ (tilde) would cycle through windows and just bring it up, but that doesn't work. Just really frustrating. :(
  2. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Sadly there is no keyboard shortcut, yet.

    The most recently minimised window will always appear at the far right end of the Dock (if you have it at the bottom of the screen), next to the waste disposal ornament.

    Edit: In Mac OS X, keyboard shorcuts for an individual application can be overridden. You may find it handy to remap Entourage so that Command + M checks for new Mail.

    [1] Open System Preferences and Type: “Keyboard shortcuts” in search and choose the first suggestion.

    [2] Then click the plus (+) at the bottom of the list.

    [3] From the Application menu, pick Entourage, if it is not there, choose Other... from the bottom of the list and locate it.

    [4] Type in the Menu Title exactly as it appears (e.g. “Send and Receive Mail)

    [5] Click once the keyboard Shortcut box and then press the keyboard shortcut as you would when using it.

    [6] Click Add to finish.

    In this example I have remapped Paragarph to be Command + M instead of Minimise Window in Microsoft Word. Of course Command + M for minimise will still work in all other Applications.

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  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    One keyboard way:

    Crtl+f3 gets focus to the dock, then you can use your arrow keys to move to the minimized window.

    This was an unfortunate overlook on Apple's part that there doesn't seem to be an easier way.

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