[Productivity] Hide many open documents, but not in the Dock

patent10021

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I have about 20 TextEdit files and other app files open at one time. They're all minimized in a long row in the Dock. Taking up lots of space and distracting.

How do I "minimize" files without them appearing in the Dock? Or how can I hide them? Is the only option to use a separate desktop for the each app? But then every time I want to refer to a file I have to bring back that desktop.
 

alex.houston

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You can minimize windows into the app icon: go to System Preferences > Dock, then make sure the option "Minimize windows into application icon" is checked. To get to a minimized window, control-click (right click) the app in the dock and choose the window you want to work on.
 

patent10021

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You can minimize windows into the app icon: go to System Preferences > Dock, then make sure the option "Minimize windows into application icon" is checked. To get to a minimized window, control-click (right click) the app in the dock and choose the window you want to work on.
Thanks. Too bad a hover-over didn't reveal the names.
 

alex.houston

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Oct 14, 2016
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Yep, it would be nice if hover would work there. I use one of the following two options to make it easier for me to pick a minimized window:
1) With the mouse above the app icon in the dock, do your "App Expose" gesture (System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures); or
2) Use your secondary click gesture on the app icon in the dock ("Secondary click" options under System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click).
 

patent10021

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Yeah I just ctrl-click. I really need to work more with Spaces and other macOS features for sanity.