Minimize Windows Question

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by xheathen, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    Does anyone know if this is possible? A feature of windows that I am finding it very difficult to live without is how the "minimize all windows" function works. I'm looking to see if there is any way I can minimize all programs, perform a task, and then maximize all programs again.

    Basically, I can minimize all windows to the bare desktop, and then I can choose the program I want to open and it only opens that one program.

    What's frustrating to me right now in Lion is that CMD+OPTION+M only minimizes all windows of a specific program and won't give you the bare desktop. If I use Mission Control to slide all the programs out of the way, the second I try and open one of my programs it brings everything back instead of just the one program.

    An example of this is let's say I save an image in Photoshop. Now that image is on the desktop and I need to upload it somewhere. Ideally, what I'd like to do is minimize all windows, then open/pull up my FTP program, drag the new image to where I need it, then go back to my regular work.

    In windows this is super easy because of the "shake" that allows you to keep your existing program open and it closes all other windows, then when you "shake" again it resumes all the previously opened programs. I'm just finding OSx has no intuitive solution for this (or at least that I can see).

    What are you guys doing to manage your workflow? Or is it just a matter of people dealing with it?
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    look into HyperDock not sure about your scenerio but it does incorparate many of the windows 7 behaviour for windows
  3. HabSonic macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2011
    There are multiple ways to do this. Here's two:

    1. Open your FTP application and leave it open all (why do you need to close it if you use it often?). Use Mission Control to go to the desktop. Drag your file to your application icon in your dock. The window of your FTP application will appear.

    2. Assign Mission Control to a hot corner. Open your FTP application. Use Mission Control to go to the desktop. Drag your file to Mission Control's hot corner. Choose your FTP window.

    Minimize has not the same purpose in OS X as in Windows.
  4. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Keep hitting cmd+H until everything is out of the way.
  5. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2010
    thanks for the responses - ill give it a shot and see what I come up with

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