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Group minimized windows in Witch Apps
The latest version of Witch, the indispensable window-switching utility, contains a new feature that highlights minimized windows with a border color of your choosing. When you activate Witch, you'll then be able to easily see your minimized windows, as their icons will have a unique border color. (Disclaimer: I was one of at least one users who asked for this feature, as I would occasionally activate a minimized window, and wanted some way to easily see them at a glance.)

As shipped, the minimized windows are shown in the normal window hierarchy. What I wanted, though, was a way to sort of mirror the Dock's view of minimized windows -- I wanted to see all of my minimized windows grouped together. Thanks to a hidden Witch preference, you can do just that. First, disable Witch and close its System Preferences panel, then open Terminal and paste this command:
defaults write ~/Library/Application\ Support/Witch/Settings "Separate Minimized Windows" -bool true
Enable Witch again in System Preferences, minimize a few windows, then press Option-Tab and notice that all the minimized windows are listed near the end of the window list. (Any running applications without any open windows will be shown below the minimized windows.) If you'd rather get the old behavior back, disable Witch and repeat the above Terminal command, but replace true with false.
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Group minimized windows in Witch
Authored by: cyclist101 on Nov 25, '08 08:13:19AM

It doesn't seem to work. I get the message:
"Unexpected argument -bool; leaving defaults unchanged."

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Group minimized windows in Witch
Authored by: CarlRJ on Nov 25, '08 10:57:50AM

The problem is almost certainly the unescaped space in "Application Support", causing the filename to be taken as two arguments. Try putting a backslash immediately in front of that space.

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Group minimized windows in Witch
Authored by: robg on Nov 25, '08 12:01:31PM

My bad -- I've added quotes now; it should work as described. Sorry about that.


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Group minimized windows in Witch
Authored by: robg on Dec 05, '08 09:35:01AM

My *double* bad -- it turns out this command will *not* work with quotes. Very strange. It must be run with the backslash. I've modified the hint (again) to reflect that fact.


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Group minimized windows in Witch
Authored by: alliskr on Nov 27, '08 01:54:53PM

You also need to have the Witch Window List "sort windows by" preference set to "window activity order" I believe (which makes sense). Thanks for the hint!

Regards, Kent

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