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A co-worker was option-clicking on an OS 9 desktop, which hid the foreground application. I have been using Macs most of my life and I had no idea you could do that. Anyhow I tried it in OS X and sure enough it worked!

Is this common knowledge? I didn't see it posted.

[Editor's note: I'm not sure it's common knowledge, and I don't think it's been posted here before. It's also not just a Finder thing -- if you option-click any background application's window, the foreground application becomes hidden.]
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Authored by: Jon on Jan 26, '02 01:32:54PM

...and if you hold down option + command while you click, ALL other applications will be hidden.
You can use this when clicking in the dock as well

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Since 7.0
Authored by: nullprogram on Jan 26, '02 02:26:57PM

This has been around since at least System 7. It may even have been a part of MultiFinder. It's still a good hint though.

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Common knowledge
Authored by: Areh on Jan 27, '02 03:24:36PM

It's sure enough common knowledge. I've been using it since I don't know when.
It works so beautifully in OSX as well. Apparently more people than I'd have expected don't know about it. Wonder how they kept their Desktop clear!
This is a major feature. As a lot of people seem to have been ignorant of it, it's good you brought it up. This one deserves to be in every Macist's basic repertoire.

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