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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: loren_ryter on Dec 03, '09 03:45:51PM

kills me to be so defensive here -- but please read the post. the point is to minimize repetitive stress: moving back & forth from mouse to keyboard and up and down on the screen. windowshade x did that nicely. click on a title bar and you don't need to move far to get it back, or use anything but the mouse. option-clicking requires keyboard and mouse. if you go to expose, that's keyboard and then keybord mouse. going down to the dock is really the part we're tying to avoid here. (and anyway i don't see that option-clicking the dock unminiaturize windows. hides and unhides, but that's different. as i state above, you can ctrl-click or right click on the dock icon and unminiaturize windows one-by-one. but that's less efficient and again goes back to the main problem: up and down across the screen to get back where you started.) those who don't work in dozens of applications at once may not see the issue here. but those who do will know what i'm talking about.



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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: snit on Dec 03, '09 11:23:53PM

If you have the windows minimize to the Dock you can option+click to expand them all. If you have them minimize to the icon, as you can with Snow Leopard, you can click and hold on the dock icon where you will see the Exposť minimized windows... and then option+click on any one of those to expand all.

I am not saying that a keyboard way of doing this is not of value, just noting the functionality to un-minimize all is already built in - in ways you said you did not know. Still, the menu methods you show allow someone to do this without using the dock or mouse at all... and that is no doubt a benefit to some.

Edited on Dec 03, '09 11:25:24PM by snit



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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: avramd on Jan 11, '10 03:29:13PM

Hello,

So I hope I don't sound like I'm being contrary again since you've had to defend yourself so much already here. But in terms of excessive mouse movements to unminimize all windows, I'm not seeing it.

Just do F10, any arrow key, then opt-return. Three keystrokes, no mouse movements.

Since all the windows are minimized, it doesn't matter which arrow key you hit b/c any window you highlight will be a minimized one, and thus opt-return on it will restore them all.

Is there a scenario this doesn't cover that still requires excessive mouse movements?



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Minimize/unminize all windows in the active application
Authored by: loren_ryter on Jan 13, '10 05:57:24AM

two hands and both on keyboard, or one hand in uncomfortable, contorted positions, with a several-step sequence. nice alternate if both hands already on keyboard, but i prefer attaching this script to a trackball chord -- one hand, no keyboard, two clicks.

as mentioned i may do this several times a minute depending, so it makes a big difference. but whatever works for you.



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