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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock Apps
Snow Leopard only hintThere's just one feature I missed when I switched to Mac OS X. Windows 7 shows previews of open windows when you point your mouse at an application. I found an inexpensive application that adds this to the Mac; here's how to set it up effectively. It does require 10.6 or higher to run.

First of all, download the DockView application from Kapeli. There's a free trial available. Just copy it into your Applications folder and run it. It will put up a menu that you can use to configure and manage the program. It seems to work pretty well by default, but there are some annoyances that can be easily fixed. The window previews will display in both the Dock and in the Application Switcher (Cmd+Tab) by putting the pointer over the application icon.

I keep my Dock on the left side and the window previews were getting positioned far away from the Dock. To fix this, change the 'Distance from Dock' setting in the DockView preferences. I recommend using the lowest value, but play around with it to find a comfortable setting. While you're there, you can change the window width and height as well, the default previews are huge.

I also experienced issues with window previews not showing for some applications. To fix that, go to the Filters tab in the preferences and try different filters for the application you have a problem with. If you're also using TotalFinder, there is a special filter for it.

Apart from this, it works quite well. Check out the Spaces tab if you use Spaces.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. It's kind of a cool effect. Maybe I'll switch to Windows 7. OK, maybe not.]
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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: chabig on Sep 20, '10 08:26:50AM

Welcome to Mac. Try Exposé. Windows taskbar previews are a kludgy attempt at fixing Vista's broken Flip3D, which bombed.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: marook on Sep 20, '10 11:15:38AM

I have to agree, try Exposé!

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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Soliman on Sep 20, '10 12:14:19PM

If Exposé doesn't suit you, try the free app-switcher Witch, it also provides window miniatures...

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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: fireyes on Sep 20, '10 01:16:04PM

This is a good tip, because if there is a lot of spaces configured, you can close some window without going to the specific space.

I have a question: Is there an app to reallocate or reorganize all windows in a space to be all visible, in other words, reorganize all windows without one overlap another? Like exposé, but "physically" with the windows.

Thanks



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: philostein on Sep 21, '10 02:07:11AM
I wrote a script that offers some of this functionality - it's here.
It doesn't work in all apps (particularly ones with floating windows), but I still get a lot of use out of it.

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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: renaultssoftware on Sep 20, '10 02:15:10PM

Fantastik [http://www.docklandsoft.com/] does this too.

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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: MiniBrici on Sep 21, '10 01:02:30AM

I was looking for this kind of stuff and Expose is definitely not good for this or I have missed a feature of expose. I used this feature of windows7 extensively when trying to move/copy attachments from one mail to another or move selected text or data within windows of the application. Can you tell me how to do this with expose? I mean dragging ok, moving over the dock ok, and it will show all the open windows of that app but since the windows are placed on the desktop it takes plenty of time to move accross the whole window. You may love to drag the whole desktop around but I need an effective solution. Not to mention that in win7 you can drag over the windows and it will maximize showing the content and dragging over the other instance will maximize that one. I am more keen on productivity than style, sorry. (I am using a localized keyboard and thus cmd+` doesnot work). Thanks in advance for your help.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Sep 21, '10 07:33:16AM

First off, phrases like "I prefer productivity to style" in this context are obnoxious. It makes the assumption that your way is the only "correct" way of doing things, and anyone else is just doing it the clunky way because they think it looks cooI.

There are several advantages to Expose. The biggest one I see is that (unless you have a huge number of windows open), the Expose window previews are much larger than the Windows taskbar previews. The taskbar previews are fine if you're just looking at a bunch of image files, but kind of useless for moving between text files or webpages. By the way, you CAN preview windows at full size using expose. Simply highlight the window you want using the mouse or arrow keys and hit the spacebar — the window will expand to full size, moving your mouse to any other window will automatically make that one full size as well. This behavior will continue until you hit the spacebar again.

Regarding dragging, you're right that since the Windows occupy the entire Desktop space you'll have to do slightly more hand movement. I use both Windows 7 and OS X extensively, and I have to admit that I had never noticed expose-based drag and drop to be any slower to accomplish than Windows-based drag and drop, but I guess it's a matter of opinion. For me though, the larger size and therefore easier identification of Expose windows makes them much easier to use in my book.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: MiniBrici on Sep 21, '10 01:27:10PM

thanks for the space trick, it is a huge improvement for me. I am not a native English and definitely would not like to declare my point of view or usage as the best and only one existing. Also thank you for your advice to better formulate my opinion and wishes. So again thank you.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 23, '10 01:21:13PM

One thing that really helps me is that I use a mouse or trackball that allows me to set a button to "click lock."

Now, I can "click lock" a file when I want to drag it, and I don't have to hold the button down while I do any of the following:

- activate Exposé and drag to a window there,
- activate Spaces and drag to a window there,
- use Cmd-Tab to switch among apps, then drag to a window there
- hover over any finder window or folder icon, which triggers 'spring-loaded folders' and can almost always get me to any file location available.

Once I discovered the joy of 'click-lock', I decided never to do without it. Oh, if you use a recent MacBook, I think you can configure your trackpad prefs to do a 'click-lock' by enabling 'tap-tap-hold' or something very similar.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Sam_P on Sep 25, '10 09:15:59AM

You could change the cmd+` shortcut to something that works for your localised keyboard.

Keyboard Pref Pane -> Keyboard & Text Input -> Move focus to next window application



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: charlesbouldin on Sep 21, '10 11:51:04AM

I used Dockview; I like it. For those who've complained that the preview windows are too small, note that you can adjust the size in the Dockview preferences.

Expose is nice, especially if you use Better Touch Tool to attach a gesture to Expose. However, Expose has what is, for me, a fatal flaw. I like to keep most applications hidden when I am not using them and Expose does not show the hidden windows!! This is inexplicable and just wrong, since I may want to switch to an application whether it is hidden or not.

Does anyone know a way to force Expose to show hidden windows?



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Sep 22, '10 01:22:09PM

Curious, have you used Spaces at all? For me, Spaces has really eliminated the need to constantly be hiding applications to keep your workspace clean. The trick is to assign all the apps you use regularly to specific spaces, that way, the system pretty much organizes itself. You don't get 10 applications cluttering up the Desktop, and you don't have to worry about manually hiding and revealing applications.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Sam_P on Sep 27, '10 03:52:30PM
Try HyperDock. The beta is free.

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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: ehunt123 on Oct 05, '10 02:19:07PM

Recently, someone created an awesome, free, app called HyperDock that does all this + more.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: redswill on Oct 05, '10 09:41:16PM

Free while in beta isn't free. It's full of bugs and has less features (no previews in CMD+Tab for example), it also doesn't work well with a lot of applications (e.g. http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/6338/screenshot20101006at053.png).



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: MacUser06 on Jan 13, '11 06:19:06PM

I must say that I find <b>DockViewer</b> totally <b>Awesome</b>.

Now the only thing is to get that annoying message …. ;-)



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