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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť Apps
If you minimize a window of an app to the dock, and then have Exposť show the desktop (sliding all windows off to the sides), when you bring the minimized window out of the dock all of the other windows stay to the sides.

I like this better than the "Hide Others" command, as this then messes up the Exposť/All Windows command.
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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: Eukaryote on Dec 19, '03 01:39:49PM

This works, but only if you hold down F11... If you just tap it to toggle Expose, then it brings all the windows back when you bring the window out of the dock.



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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 19, '03 02:19:44PM

Hmm, either Expose has a really sensitive touch, meaning that a 'tap' must be very quick, or else there's something going on here ....

I tried it, and almost every time, I actually get what I want: just the minimized window. Sometimes, I get all the windows back on screen, though, and once, when I clicked the minimized window in the Dock, it zoomed .... up and off-screen to join its siblings in Exposť-land.

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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: osxpounder on Dec 19, '03 02:24:46PM

Actually, I find that if I hold down Exposť, all the windows always come back once I release it, no matter what I've done to un/minimize one of the windows.

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I use the bottom-right screen corner for show desktop...
Authored by: Dale Sorel on Dec 21, '03 01:17:30AM

This makes it easy to show the desktop and then click on the minimized window.

Done as I have described, it works every time. A very cool way to blow away all your windows and simplify things, IMO.



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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: Morwen on Dec 19, '03 04:57:30PM

This doesn't work for me at all. I minimized Safari, opened Stickies, hit F11, clicked on Safari and all the windows popped back up. Same thing if I clicked on it to bring it back while holding down F11.



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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: nikitab on Dec 19, '03 06:54:49PM
It doesn't work if I click the "Safari" icon in the dock, but it does work if I click the minimized window icon at the end of the dock (near the trash can).

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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: Bobson on Dec 28, '03 10:18:04AM

That doesn't work for me either.

Can someone for whom this works post a movie?



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10.3: Show one window at a time with Exposť
Authored by: Dale Sorel on Dec 30, '03 01:17:54PM

Here's the deal:

Say you're in Safari and want the Mail window out by itself. First, bring the Mail app to the front. Minimize the mail window to the Dock. Now use Exposť/Show Desktop to push all open windows to the sides. Then click on the minimized Mail window in the Dock. The window now swings out over the desktop, and all the other windows stay to the sides.

I have my Dock on the right side of my screen, and have the lower right corner of the screen set to Exposť/Show Desktop. So once I minimize a window it's pretty to bring it out by itself.



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How about this as a feature in 10.3.3?
Authored by: whoadoggy on Dec 30, '03 03:29:15PM

I for one would love to have a quick way to clear EVERYTHING from my desktop and windows to concentrate on one window. F12!



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How about this as a feature in 10.3.3?
Authored by: scotty321 on Mar 09, '05 11:44:30AM

You can do EXACTLY what you're looking for with the "Hide Desktop" function of MenuStrip 3: http://www.macpoweruser.com/menustrip/index.html
They even have a little QuickTime movie on the site to show you how cool this is.

Also, I believe that you might be able to do what you're looking for with the freeware program DesktopSweeper: http://flip.macrobyte.net/software/DesktopSweeper

But it looks like MenuStrip 3 is much more powerful.



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