Mac Minimizer App To Icon

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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons 13 comments Create New Account

Feb 21, 2019  Right now, in Quickbooks if this happens, as mentioned earlier in the thread, we'd have to launch another instance of the app, and go to 'Open Previous Company File' which somehow maximizes the screen. But there is no trace of it in the dock or under the RemoteApp windows. Mac client version: 10.2.7 Mac OS: 10.14.3. Mar 23, 2020  The Apple Icon Image format supports a wide variety of icon types ranging from tiny 16-by-16-pixel icons to the 1024-by-1024 ones for Retina-equipped Macs.ICNS files are a handy way to store and distribute Mac icons, but their one downside is that the method of copying an image from the ICNS file to a folder or drive is slightly different from the usual process and not as well-known. Enter to Search. However, there doesn't seem to be anything you can't do faster and more directly from 4t Tray Minimizer's system tray icon. I 'd found this app'.

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The minimized windows also appear in Expose in miniature at the bottom of the screen. Each can be selected like any other window in Expose. The difference I've found is that the selected minimized window will open in the current spaces desktop, as opposed to opening in the spaces desktop from which it was minimized, if it is selected using expose accessed through the app switcher as in this hint.

As with other GUI features, hold down shift when selecting the minimized window, either from the application's dock menu or from expose, and you will get the window restored in slow motion.

See I want to combine features of both, here. I LIKE having the windows minimize to the dock the old-fashioned way, but I'd prefer they maximized in the space I'm currently in. That way I could visually SEE what I'm looking for, and use the dock as a transport on occasion. Like, 'Oh hey, I need information from such & such window that's currently minimized while I'm in this current space, let me click it so it maximizes right here in place so I can work with it.' I dislike that currently (10.5) it forces you to change spaces.
Anyone that can answer this: does the new 'exposé minimized windows' trick ONLY work if they minimize to their icons? or does it also bring them out of the dock if you have it set up like old?
timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a raindance

hey robg, thanks for including even well documented hints upon a new OS release. The hints snobs may not like it, but plenty of people come here to learn stuff they may have missed in the OS X user manual. Oh, wait, there isn't a user manual.

Apr 12, 2020  A) Press the Alt + Space keys, and press the N key or click/tap on Minimize. (see screenshots below) OR B) Right click or press and hold on the title bar of the open app or window you want to minimize, and click/tap on Minimize or press the N key. If you are in tablet mode, you may need to perform one of the following actions to see the title bar: A) Hover the pointer at the top of the window. Apr 24, 2017  Introduction It seems that more people than ever are taking advantage of the multitasking features of modern computers, but with the PCs ability to handle more and more programs running simultaneously, managing all of those open programs can be confusing. Enter the application minimizer. Each of the minimizer programs listed here allow you to send programs to the system tray instead of.

Also, remember the minimized windows will now show up in exposé. This is important when you want to find them after minimizing, without having to maximize all.

I have been finding this pretty handy. I wish apple would have given the app icon some sort of marker to know it has windows minimized to it though. LIke a number or some sort of indicator 'windows are hidden in here'.

To further add functionality to this feature, would it be possible to hide an app by clicking its icon in the dock similar to how one can click in the taskbar on a Windows machine to minimize or restore an application? TIA for any help.

Option clicking dock icons hides apps. If you option-click to a background app, then the current app is hidden as it switches to the other app. (actually, this is true for any option-click application switch; i.e. if you option click on another app's window it'll hide the current app)
Alternatively, if you option-click the current app's own icon in the dock, it will also hide the app and just fall through to the next app as if you had pressed command-H.
Thus, in general to hide an app from the dock, click-option-click: the first click brings it to the front if it isn't already, the second hides it. Or just click-hold/right-click the icon and select 'hide' from the menu...

That is cool, but if I have several Windows open (e.g in Safari) only the last one reappears after clicking on the application in the dock again....


Re: 10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Good hint, pendraggon87. And I agree with pdm that there needs to be a marker applied to the app's icon in the dock to indicate that windows have been minimized.
To both provide something new in this thread and answer Betti45's query about un-minimizing all minimized windows, use the OPTION key.
•Option-minimize = minimize all windows of the app.
•Option-unminimize = unminimize all windows of the app.
For the un-minimize all windows action to work, you have to of course click on one of the minimized windows while holding Option. All the windows will come back up.
Hope this adds something useful.

Seems a bit dumb they didn't go all the way & make app icons in the dock work as stacks once they have windows minimised 'into' them...

It is a nice feature, however, it's annoying I have to click and hold the dock icon just to see the windows that are there. Is there some keyboard shortcut to un-minimise all the windows of an app? Until then, I'll stick with the old behavior since more often than not, minimizing a window was accidental....

I know (think I read here somewhere) that if you cmd-tab to an app its possible to unminimize the apps windows as you do so:
Press CMD-tab and do not release the CMD key yet
Press and hold Option
Release CMD (windows should unminimize)
Release Option
This isn't the most elegant/easy to execute solution, but it's the only one I know about. I agree minimizing is a pain and when I do it, it's also usually by accident - I try to remember to hide apps instead of minimizing.

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I have also been using this feature, I already like it better than having a massively wide Dock.
I concur with another comment that the App's icon really should indicate that it's got a window stored in it!
fyi, it is kind of annoying for MatLab (maybe other X11 apps too?) - the minimized window does not show up in the right-click, you have to find it in the 'Window' menu of an open window.
i love the 10.6 changes to Expose - pretty nice! I've very happy with this (cheap) upgrade so far!

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