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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons System 10.6
While not much of a hint, for those who do not like their minimized windows taking up so much space in the Dock, now you can have them minimize into the dock icon.

Open the Dock System Preferences panel, and check the Minimize windows into application icon option. Once you do that, minimized windows will disappear into their source application's Dock icon.

If you are lazy, like me, and forgot your wireless mouse on one end of the room, and you are using a wireless keyboard on the other, it is possible to toggle this feature using Terminal. To enable this, type defaults write com.apple.dock minimize-to-application -BOOL YES, then press Return.

[robg adds: While this is documented, it's also one of the more potentially useful new features in 10.6, so I felt it worth calling out as a hint. Windows minimized into an application icon will appear with a diamond next to their names in each app's Dock contextual menu.]
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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: dmmorse on Sep 02, '09 08:38:15AM
The minimized windows also appear in Expose in miniature at the bottom of the screen. Each can be selected like any other window in Expose. The difference I've found is that the selected minimized window will open in the current spaces desktop, as opposed to opening in the spaces desktop from which it was minimized, if it is selected using expose accessed through the app switcher as in this hint.

As with other GUI features, hold down shift when selecting the minimized window, either from the application's dock menu or from expose, and you will get the window restored in slow motion.

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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: acaltabiano on Sep 02, '09 09:56:34AM

See I want to combine features of both, here. I LIKE having the windows minimize to the dock the old-fashioned way, but I'd prefer they maximized in the space I'm currently in. That way I could visually SEE what I'm looking for, and use the dock as a transport on occasion. Like, "Oh hey, I need information from such & such window that's currently minimized while I'm in this current space, let me click it so it maximizes right here in place so I can work with it." I dislike that currently (10.5) it forces you to change spaces.

Anyone that can answer this: does the new "exposé minimized windows" trick ONLY work if they minimize to their icons? or does it also bring them out of the dock if you have it set up like old?

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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: robogobo on Sep 02, '09 01:38:29PM

hey robg, thanks for including even well documented hints upon a new OS release. The hints snobs may not like it, but plenty of people come here to learn stuff they may have missed in the OS X user manual. Oh, wait, there isn't a user manual.



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: robogobo on Sep 02, '09 02:06:35PM

Also, remember the minimized windows will now show up in exposé. This is important when you want to find them after minimizing, without having to maximize all.



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: pdm on Sep 02, '09 02:27:04PM

I have been finding this pretty handy. I wish apple would have given the app icon some sort of marker to know it has windows minimized to it though. LIke a number or some sort of indicator "windows are hidden in here".

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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: jocamero on Sep 02, '09 04:28:49PM

To further add functionality to this feature, would it be possible to hide an app by clicking its icon in the dock similar to how one can click in the taskbar on a Windows machine to minimize or restore an application? TIA for any help.



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: ejtttje on Sep 02, '09 08:01:43PM

Option clicking dock icons hides apps. If you option-click to a background app, then the current app is hidden as it switches to the other app. (actually, this is true for any option-click application switch; i.e. if you option click on another app's window it'll hide the current app)
Alternatively, if you option-click the current app's own icon in the dock, it will also hide the app and just fall through to the next app as if you had pressed command-H.
Thus, in general to hide an app from the dock, click-option-click: the first click brings it to the front if it isn't already, the second hides it. Or just click-hold/right-click the icon and select "hide" from the menu...



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: Betti45 on Sep 03, '09 12:55:32AM

That is cool, but if I have several Windows open (e.g in Safari) only the last one reappears after clicking on the application in the dock again....



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10.6: Option-Minimize windows
Authored by: drmacnut on Sep 05, '09 08:17:03AM

Re: 10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons

Good hint, pendraggon87. And I agree with pdm that there needs to be a marker applied to the app's icon in the dock to indicate that windows have been minimized.

To both provide something new in this thread and answer Betti45's query about un-minimizing all minimized windows, use the OPTION key.

•Option-minimize = minimize all windows of the app.
•Option-unminimize = unminimize all windows of the app.

For the un-minimize all windows action to work, you have to of course click on one of the minimized windows while holding Option. All the windows will come back up.

Hope this adds something useful.



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: rkt on Sep 05, '09 08:08:28PM

Seems a bit dumb they didn't go all the way & make app icons in the dock work as stacks once they have windows minimised "into" them...



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: digidan on Jan 26, '10 08:30:45PM

It is a nice feature, however, it's annoying I have to click and hold the dock icon just to see the windows that are there. Is there some keyboard shortcut to un-minimise all the windows of an app? Until then, I'll stick with the old behavior since more often than not, minimizing a window was accidental....



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jan 27, '10 09:38:57AM

I know (think I read here somewhere) that if you cmd-tab to an app its possible to unminimize the apps windows as you do so:
Press CMD-tab and do not release the CMD key yet
Press and hold Option
Release CMD (windows should unminimize)
Release Option

This isn't the most elegant/easy to execute solution, but it's the only one I know about. I agree minimizing is a pain and when I do it, it's also usually by accident - I try to remember to hide apps instead of minimizing.



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10.6: Minimize windows into apps' Dock icons
Authored by: DeminJanu on Feb 12, '10 10:40:14AM

I have also been using this feature, I already like it better than having a massively wide Dock.

I concur with another comment that the App's icon really should indicate that it's got a window stored in it!

fyi, it is kind of annoying for MatLab (maybe other X11 apps too?) - the minimized window does not show up in the right-click, you have to find it in the "Window" menu of an open window.

i love the 10.6 changes to Expose - pretty nice! I've very happy with this (cheap) upgrade so far!



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