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When I am working on a project, I have occasion to get into one file and spend all my time on that file. In these cases, I like to have as few windows still open as possible. At those times when I have to have a Finder window open to find a file, I double click the file to open it and then Command-W to close the Finder, or click the little red button.

But I recently discovered a faster way to accomplish the same result. By holding down the Option key while double-clicking the application or file you want to open, the Finder window will automatically close as the application launches or the file opens. This might be useful to some.

[robg adds: We've covered using the Option key with the dock to hide apps while switching, but I don't think it's use in this situation has been covered here before. I searched the Finder's help files for any references to it, and while there are lots of Option key shortcuts, I didnt' see any specifically referring to closing a window while launching.]
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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: Nasir on Sep 25, '03 10:53:56AM

Actually this is a Mac OS 7+ hint ...



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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: cybergoober on Sep 25, '03 11:24:06AM

Exactly...



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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: jolinwarren on Sep 25, '03 11:39:00AM

Aside from this being standard (though undocumented!) Mac behaviour since at least System 7 (as noted in the previous two comments), this has nothing to do with launching an application.

If you hold down option while double-clicking a folder the same thing happens -- the new folder will open and the old one will close. Not only that, but the same behaviour applies in the results to a "Find File" window -- holding down option while double-clicking an icon closes the Find File results window while opening the item clicked. Though not documented, this option trick is usually quite consistent throughout the Mac OS.



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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: dolphy on Sep 25, '03 11:51:05AM

Also, to close a bunch of open windows simultaneously, Command-Option-click on the red button in one of the open windows.

This is also an old Apple technique.

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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 29, '03 03:32:51PM

I think all you need here is the Option [Alt] key -- if you Option-click any window's close button, all the windows in that applicaton close. Likewise, if you do this to the "-" button, all the app's windows should minimize to the Dock. I say "should" because it's a well-known behavior from System 7 onwards, but some apps don't cooperate, such as [wait for it .....] iTunes. Hmm; go figure.

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Yep, this is a System 7 hint
Authored by: weefle on Sep 25, '03 12:01:12PM

Oh, and for you keyboard users, selecting the icon and hitting command-option-O has the exact same effect as option-doubleclicking.



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Yep, this is a System 7 hint
Authored by: sjmills on Sep 25, '03 08:43:22PM

command-option-down also closes the window while opening the selected objects (folders, files, apps). command-option-up closes the current window and opens the parent folder. Been using these since System 7.



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Close Finder windows while opening apps and documents
Authored by: digiglyphics on Sep 25, '03 01:05:16PM

yeah, I too thought that this was Mac OS SOP [standard operating procedure] since I've been using a mac.

Great for the people who didn't know none- the-less!

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