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There are many "alternate" little applications and hacks for people who want to change their Mac OS X experience. One of my favorites is MenuStrip, the $7 program that gives you a bunch of useful buttons to put along the top right of your window. Very Mac-like, you can choose what it will display, so it's minimalist, as it should be.

The best button is the "hide all apps" button, so you can get rid of all those windows in a flash. I have a KeyQuencer macro do this on Mac OS 9 -- press a key, get rid of all apps and bring up the Finger -- and MenuStrip brings this functionality to OS X. Very nice.
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Program Switcher-esque
Authored by: grotz on Jun 21, '01 11:14:44AM

If you set this up correctly, you can have an app that sorta-kinda mirrors the functionality of Program Switcher. BTW, if you've used PS in OS 9 before, there MIGHT be a port of it available at some point but I'm not holding my breath.



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Reveal Desktop
Authored by: shacker on Jan 04, '02 12:09:31PM
If you prefer to use ASM (which is primarily a way to restore the pre-OS X application switcher menu), you can get the same functionality. Go into its preferences panel (which is also available from the System preferences panel). Take a look in Menu Settings | Special Items | Show & Hide Items. Check the "Hide All" option and close.

Hide All will now be one of the items at the top of the ASM menu, and a revealed desktop will always be a mouse gesture away.

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