Minimize all windows?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by EricJD, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. EricJD macrumors regular

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    Is there a key command to minimize every window that is open?
    I used to use Win+M on Windows to do this, but I really miss being able to do this since I switched to OS X.
     
  2. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    Alt+Command+H then Command+H

    Or you could go for expose
     
  3. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    Actually ignore that, it doesn't seem to work... :eek:
     
  4. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    If you hold option, and press the minimize button, it will minimize all of the windows of the app you're in...
     
  5. Catch Them macrumors regular

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    to Minimize all of one specific apps windows - COMMAND OPTION (alt) M

    to hide windows - COMMAND H
    to hide all other windows except the app your using: COMMAND OPTION H


    As far as I know, there isnt a command that hides all the windows like the one you describe ( i use Windows+M alot myself)

    but generally in OSX i usually just COMMAND+H everything as its easier instead of minimizing and creating dock clutter.
     
  6. Applespider macrumors G4

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    If it's just so you can see your desktop quickly, assign one of your f keys to the Expose function that moves all the windows out the way.

    I use a combination of that, Spaces and hiding apps.
     
  7. BENJMNS macrumors 6502

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    so is there no equivalent to the Windows + D action in Win7 on the osx?

    i use this so often... to minimize ALL windows and show the desktop
     
  8. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

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    Instead of "minimizing" a ton of stuff, why not simply change to an empty space?
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    If I need to "minimize" all my open windows, I just use exposé to scoot them out of the way.
     
  10. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't give us actual access to the desktop... which i think is the original motivation here, at least for some. [otherwise, what's the point then?]
     
  11. kwm2591 macrumors newbie

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    They did it...

    To send all windows away without closing them just swipe 4 fingers up. At least that is the way it works on my new macbook pro 15' :)
     
  12. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly OP's sig says he has an aluminum MB, he should have a trackpad.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    2 1/2 year old thread, guys.
     
  14. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    HAHA, I didn't even look at the thread date. :rolleyes:
     
  15. if62668 macrumors newbie

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    and yet still an issue...
    not the first time I've seen the age of thread mentioned...like we should just forget that there is a UI issue and settle for less...move along, nothing to see here, just some usability issues that don't exist...
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not, actually. The answer was given in post #5. There are no other options in Mac OS X other than those given in that post. Resurrecting the thread didn't bring any new information to the OP's request.
     
  17. harshaskm macrumors newbie

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    You can..!

    I am just 2 days old to Mac, lucky may be that I found how.
    Just hold 'fn' key and 'f11' together.

    HTHs,
    Harsha.
    ThoughtWorks.
     
  18. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That doesn't minimize windows, which is the topic of this thread. It only hides open windows, which is not the same thing.
     
  19. harshaskm macrumors newbie

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    @GGJstudios, I could be wrong, but I assumed:
    Not having all the open windows on screen and being able to see the desktop was same as what was being tried..?

    Harsha.
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it's not the same. While both will allow you to see the desktop, the functionality is quite different. You can't selectively restore only certain windows if you use F11; it's all or nothing. With windows minimized, you can open selected windows.
     
  21. harshaskm macrumors newbie

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    Here is how I checked it all:

    1. Opened a lot of applications.
    2. Hit Fn + F11
    3. Everything moved away and only desktop was visible.
    4. Hit command + tab key combination, I was allowed to choose between any application that I wanted to work with. Personally, I does not make a difference to me that when I choose an app, it comes to the fore and the rest are behind it. Because when I wanted to see the desktop, I was able to see the desktop and I was also able to do things like open a file which was on desktop etc... so I am able to see the desktop and do things that I need to and then get back to any app that I want to continue work with.

    Simply put:
    1. If you are working with too many apps all open on the desktop
    2. You want to see/do something on the desktop and then get back to any/some app that was open which you hid.
    3. 'Fn' + F11 lets you do it.

    Best Rgds,
    Harsha.
     
  22. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    I know this is an old and dead thread, but it's quite high up in search results and I wanted to leave info for the next person. If you look around the net it's often stated that minimising all windows can't be done. It can.

    Hold down CMD + Option and double click on the desktop. You will always have a small portion of the desktop available just to the side of the Dock.
     
  23. dannyg86 macrumors regular

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    Interesting, must try this tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing
     
  24. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    No problem. One point I forgot to mention is that it won't minimise Finder, but it will do all your other windows.
     
  25. dannyg86 macrumors regular

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    Hmm.. just tried this on Mavericks. Not doing a thing for me. Is it linked to a keyboard shortcut by any chance? I may have disabled it in the settings app, as I disabled a lot of shortcuts recently.
     

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