Option+click doesn't seem to work...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dewey decibel, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. dewey decibel macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Hi, I have a Macbook running Tiger. I've been recently hipped to the fact that I can get certain option for lots of apps by pressing option+click when I open a program. While this seemed to work fine for quite awhile it doesn't seem to be working at all now. I understand that I need to completely close the program for it to work, but whether I close it with control+Q or by using the drag down menu, option+click doesn't bring up the desired options. Any help?
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Are you confusing it with control click? Control click = right click.
  3. dewey decibel thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    No, option/alt + click. For instance, when opening iTunes, if you hold option when you click the icon it will give you pop up menu to open or create a new library. It worked fine for awhile, now what it seems to do is hide the application I've been working on and open iTunes without the open library prompt.
  4. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Mine just hides iTunes also. Maybe they changed that in 8.2. :confused:

    EDIT: It appears to be a Dock feature. It hides or shows just that application. Maybe it can be changed in System Prefereces > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.
  5. dewey decibel thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    I tried it again just now, it's working (although it still hides Firefox). I haven't changed any settings. I'm baffled...:confused::confused::confused:

    I rebooted the computer thinking that would help, that maybe it would only give me that menu after a fresh boot. Nope.

    Here's what I'm trying to do, maybe there's another way- I'm trying to create another iTunes folder so I can have one on my internal drive and another on my external drive. So I need to both create the folder and also make sure iTunes will access it when I need it. Is there another way to do this then option+clicking iTunes? If not I'm going to have to come up with another solution fast as I need to download a lot of material soon...

    OK, I found this which explains what I'm trying to do:


    The difference is when I does this iTunes loads as usual, while hiding whatever application I'd been previously using.
  6. dewey decibel thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2007
    I figured this out, so I'll post incase anyone else is interested:

    The trick is you have to press option after you click the mouse, but before the program loads. What I was doing is holding option down, then clicking, which is why it would only work intermittently.

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