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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: loren_ryter on Dec 03, '09 10:56:38AM

There are lots of reasons. If you're working with Finder or Path Finder you might want to see or work with items on the desktop. If I'm in Entourage, I want to hide the bulky main window but still create a new mail message and work with that. Also, as I said in the description, I want to mimic, sort of, the flow of Window Shade X. So I can double click on a window title bar when hand is on mouse, rather than going to the keyboard to hide. I can miniaturize not all but some of the windows that way, and then easily get them all back when I want them. (That's a big difference right there.) Plus, this may be a false presumption, but it seems to me anyway that hiding and app and then activating it takes longer as (I think and it seems that), the app hidden often gets written out to VRAM.



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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: Toadling on Dec 03, '09 05:30:51PM
If you're working with Finder or Path Finder you might want to see or work with items on the desktop.

Hiding Finder or Path Finder works for this, doesn't it (assuming some other app is allowed to be frontmost)? Exposé works too.

I don't have anything against minimizing all your windows, if that's how you like to work, but accessing the desktop doesn't seem like the best reason to do it. But you make some good points and I can understand your motivation. Thanks for the hint.

Plus, this may be a false presumption, but it seems to me anyway that hiding and app and then activating it takes longer as (I think and it seems that), the app hidden often gets written out to VRAM.

I don't think that's true. AFAIK, hiding an app has no impact on memory swapping. On my system, there doesn't seem to be any performance hit either. In fact, hiding seems slightly faster than minimizing, perhaps because there's no animation involved with hiding an app.



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