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Let's say you're working on a Finder window which covers another window (not necessarily another Finder window) on which there is an information you need. What do you usually do? You use Exposť, Command-Tab, etc.

But there's another solution: if you're able to read very fast, you can triple-click (as quickly as possible) the title bar of the Finder window. It will minimize and then immediately unminimize. I don't know whether this is a bug or not, but it only works with Finder.

[robg adds: Somewhat obviously, this also only works if you've enabled Minimize when double clicking a window title bar in the Appearance System Preferences panel.]
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Save a click...
Authored by: rusto on Apr 23, '07 07:56:49AM

...if you have a multi-button mouse with one button assigned to double-click, you can click your single-click button followed immediately by your double-click button (I use this single/double combo all the time to select lines of text).



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: lanikai on Apr 23, '07 08:34:00AM

You might try "Sticky Windows." I've been using it for a few months and now can't imagine working without it. It's been a huge time saver for me.



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: dyfolio on Apr 23, '07 08:34:45AM

It works in iTunes Too!



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: wsdr on Apr 23, '07 08:41:55AM

A not-so-obvious modification of this trick is to hold down the SHIFT key when you do this-- it makes the animation go in slow-motion, giving you more time to read what's behind.



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: markom on Apr 23, '07 01:44:41PM

Even better variation for those who are quick.

Triple click, watch the window down and only then press shift. That way, the window will go away really fast and come back up slowly - giving you more time to read what's behind it.



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: googoo on Apr 25, '07 10:14:42AM

Or triple click with shift pressed and immediately release the shift button. The window will minimize in slow motion but come back up at full speed.

-Mark



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Use a Keyboard shortcut
Authored by: pexner on Apr 23, '07 10:06:53AM

You wrote:
Let's say you're working on a Finder window which covers another window...

I use the keyboard-shortcut CMD <
to flip between open windows of the currently open Application.
In combination of CMD TAB there's no need anymore to use Exposť or minimize a window. I'm extremely fast with this.

Patrick



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Use a Keyboard shortcut
Authored by: rusto on Apr 23, '07 11:07:23AM

For me, switching among an app's windows requires CMD ` (the character under the tilde, above the TAB key). Is this what you meant to post?



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Re: Use a Keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Apr 23, '07 11:46:32PM

That shortcut varies by OS locale or keyboard; I forget which. For US English types, it is indeed command-backtick (Cmd-`)

As an aside (to the grandparent post), this won't solve the original hint submitter's problem, because in his case the obscuring window and the obscured window belong to two different apps, and the Cmd-` (and non-US equivalents) only switch among windows belonging to the current app.



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Use a Keyboard shortcut
Authored by: marco.trive on Apr 24, '07 12:27:20PM

Thanks.
Unfortunately this doesn't work when a Finder window covers another application's window.



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: Coumerelli on Apr 23, '07 10:28:10AM

Works with Excel:mac 2004, too

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"The best way to accelerate a PC is 9.8 m/s2"



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: gizmo on Apr 23, '07 11:18:53AM

Tip doesn't work with the Finder in Panther, but does work with iTunes 7 running on Panther.



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: digitol on Apr 23, '07 01:35:34PM

WINDOWSHADE



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Quickly minimize and restore a Finder window
Authored by: ether on Apr 25, '07 09:59:35AM

my macbook pro is so fast that I can't triple click fast enough.

If I use the shift-triple-clilck trick, though, it works.



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