I know how to Hide (
Cmd+H) or Minimize (
Cmd+M) a focused window in OS X, but I can't find a keyboard shortcut or even a menu item to restore, unhide, unminimize, or otherwise show a window that I've hidden or minimized.
Anyone have a suggestion?
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This way requires a bit of practice:
press ⌘ ⇥ (Command-Tab) to show your running apps. Keep holding ⌘.
press ⇥ until you've selected the minimized app
press the ⌥ (Option) key, and let go of the ⌘ key. You must release the Command key after pressing the Option key!
Note that this only works for an app with all of its windows minimized. If there is already a visible window of the app you won't be able to get to the minimized one with this trick.
To restore one of many minimized windows using only the keyboard:
(Tested on OSX Mountain Lion. Step 2b tested on MacOS Sierra)
I always hide applications instead of minimizing windows:
Anyway, here are a few (probably not that useful) scripts for unminimizing windows. You can assign shortcuts to them with an application like FastScripts or Alfred.
This unminimizes all windows of the current application:
tell application (path to frontmost application as text) try set miniaturized of windows to false -- most applications end try try set collapsed of windows to false -- at least Finder end try end tell
If minimizing to application icons is not enabled, you could also click the last Dock icon:
try tell application "System Events" to tell process "Dock" click (last UI element of list 1 where role description is "minimized window dock item") end tell end try
This clicks the dock icons of all minimized windows:
tell application "System Events" to tell process "Dock" click (UI elements of list 1 where role description is "minimized window dock item") end tell
To show a window that you've hidden with ⌘H, you can unhide it and bring it back to the foreground by switching to it with ⌘⇥ along with perhaps ⌘`.
A clunky way to bring up a window minimized using ⌘M is to bring up the Application Exposé using F10, then navigate down to the realm of minimized windows to select the one you want to restore.
⌘ + Tab
Tabto move to the app you are interested in
⌘, hit the
▲arrow to make the window thumbnails appear at the bottom
⌘, hit the
▼arrow to move the the bottom row where all the other windows are open
⌘and move left or right to select the window
System Preferences » Trackpad » App Expose » Swipe down with three fingers
Some applications bind commands to their windows (Terminal comes to mind, but iTunes also with Cmd-Opt-1/2), you can restore those that way.
You want Witch for the kind of functionality you want. And having the zoom button accessible via keyboard is also pure bliss.
You can't hide windows, only applications. Unhide via Cmd-Tab (the hidden applications are to the right, so use Cmd-Shift-Tab to start there).
You can always open the Help menu's text field and type the window name (if you know it) to access its Window menu sub-item.
⌘ + Tabshows app icons, and helps to switch between. And
⌘ + Shift + Tabdoes the same in reverse order.
⌘ + Hto Hide while the
⌘ + Tabhas the highlight on the desired app icon.
⌘ + Halso unhides (or brings it back).
So, just put
⌘ + Tab and
⌘ + H to your muscle memory.
But the problem is,
⌘ + H doesnt unhide if the window was minimized using pointing device. In this case, use
⌘(hold) + Option(Hold) + release ⌘ and Option at the same time. I try not to use trackpad for minimising, because
⌘ + H seems simple and easy.