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I was thinking about how you can kill the Dock while minimizing to have a live genie effect window (see Have fun with a Genie Effect minimizing glitch). It occurred to me that you might possibly be able to do the same thing with Exposé and end up with live windows that were smaller than normal. Well, you can. The functionality of the resulting windows can be a little strange, but it definitely does work and might be useful in one or two instances.

Open several windows, one of them being the Terminal. In the Terminal, type:
sleep 5 && kill `ps aux | grep Dock.app | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2}'`
Now hit the Return key and then press F9, and wait. In five seconds, your Dock will respawn and you will have tiny windows that you can interact with. If anybody actually finds a useful application for this I'd love to hear it.

[robg adds: Yes, I did test this one, and it does work -- sort of. You may have issues working with the windows, especially if they're quite small. I can't think of a valid reason for needing to know this trick, but that doesn't mean it's not worth sharing. One piece of info lacking in the above hint is how to get back to normal, but it's quite easy -- just hit F9 again!]
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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: vondrix on Nov 15, '04 10:39:47AM
Shorter version:
sleep 5 && killall Dock


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Usage
Authored by: disinfor on Nov 15, '04 02:16:16PM
The shorter version command worked for me. I also found a use for it. I use Acrobats Distiller alot during the day and it only lets you resize it so small. This is a desktop saver for me. And drag and drop still works and you can still kind of see the progress bar. Thanks!

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Usage
Authored by: SirG3 on Nov 15, '04 03:51:33PM

Why not try multiple desktops than this, which is even more hackish. http://wsmanager.sf.net

-- SirG3



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Usage
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Nov 15, '04 10:34:05PM

Becuase you still can't drag 'n' drop between desktops. I use and love Desktop Manager, but there are some features that are just lacking.



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Usage
Authored by: disinfor on Nov 16, '04 09:12:43AM

I installed Desktop Manager after you had posted it. It's nice and works like expected, but this is just a good hint for what I need...something very simple (although DM is simple as well). I don't use exposé frequently (which is odd, considering it's power), so the hack works for me.

But nice work on DM.



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Funny things happen, indeed
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 15, '04 12:29:07PM

I managed to separate the drawer from the main Mail window just by dragging the Mail window around, and it remained separate after hitting F9 again! (Restarting Mail fixed it)



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Help!
Authored by: iamsupermanurnot on Nov 15, '04 06:23:50PM

I tried this and the killall command doesn't seem to be working. It says that the command wasn't found. Anyone know anything about this and how to solve it?



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Help!
Authored by: dontlikehippies on Nov 15, '04 09:49:04PM

just use a shell script to mimic killall.



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miniaturized app windows (or Finder backgrounds) not working
Authored by: stutemp1 on Nov 15, '04 07:17:03PM

My system seems to have a serious glitch... items that are "backgrounded" apparently stay in the foreground and become non-responsive. For example when I try these hints to keep the mini-windows, they do remain onscreen, but they are non-functional... drag/drop does not work on them, buttons on apps or links are non-responsive etc. and I cannot "click-thru" them.

I also cannot use the apps that allow screensavers or webbrowsers etc. to become background Desktop items. Doing so loads them to the foreground and they do not respond to keystrokes so I can not quit/force quit or exit them... however, if I click around on the screen (sometimes blindly if a screensaver is activated) or try keystrokes (like for force quit) it seems as if something in the background is responding as I usually end up hearing the error "beep" like when you try to close a dialog without choosing "ok" or "cancel". The only way to regain control is to reboot via power switch.

I have a G4 Mirrored Drive Door model with the ATI 9000pro graphics card, OSX 10.3.6, and 17" Apple studio display. I've updated the ATI drivers to the latest, and the system has behaved this way since OSX 10.2.x.

Like the user who found this miniturizer hint helpful for distiller, I have some drag/drop apps, etc. that I could use it with. Any ideas why my system behaves this way?



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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Nov 15, '04 11:54:23PM

This hint has already been posted by 'bewebste'.
Search for "Create movable mini-windows with Exposé".



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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: filmisart on Nov 16, '04 12:46:19AM

I tried to use the zoom function to make more useful but unfortunately no good.

Any one know of a way to specific size of windows and also how to do a IRIX/X11 focus on mouse kinda thing....i got it for terminal but all app windows would be rad.

Also how about in terminal- it changes the background color when you mouse focus on a window, do-able?

Ray



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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: thospalm on Nov 16, '04 11:55:23AM

Windowshade from Unsanity has the ability to do minimize-in-place. It has settings for how small to create the thumbnail and a magnifier to enlarge the thumbnail slightly when the maouse passes over.

$10, I think you can download it and use for a limited time.

http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/wsx

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15" AlBook, 1.5Ghz, 1GB, OS 10.3.6



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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: GlowingApple on Nov 16, '04 02:13:15AM

Doesn't seem to work with Finder windows for me. Every other window works fine, but the Finder windows and some other windows (MS Word, one of the two TextEdit windows I have open) are not selectable.

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Jayson

When Microsoft asks you, "Where do you want to go today?" tell them "Apple."



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Create working miniaturized application windows
Authored by: las_vegas on Nov 19, '04 01:21:01AM
Finder seems to operate as if the window is still its original size and position. If you click in the area where the window was and click where an icon was in that area, the miniature icon selects. A curious, albeit not very useful experiment. LasVegas

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