How to Minimize Window on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Minimize Window on Mac

Minimizing windows on a Mac is a handy feature that allows you to temporarily hide an application or window without closing it. This can be especially useful when you want to quickly switch between different tasks or when you need to clear up space on your screen. In this tutorial, we’ll explore different methods to minimize windows on a Mac.

Method 1: Using the Minimize Button

The most straightforward way to minimize a window is by using the minimize button located at the top-left corner of every window’s title bar. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the window you want to minimize.
  2. Click on the yellow button with a horizontal line icon at the top-left corner of the window.

The window will smoothly shrink into the Dock, which is the bar at the bottom (by default) of your screen. To restore a minimized window, click on its icon in the Dock, and it will reappear on your screen.

Method 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for quicker navigation, macOS provides some useful options:

  • Command + M: Pressing these keys simultaneously will instantly minimize the active window.
  • Command + Option + M: This keyboard shortcut minimizes all open windows of the currently active application.

You can experiment with these keyboard shortcuts and find which one works best for you in different scenarios.

Method 3: Using Mission Control

Mission Control is a powerful feature that allows you to view all open windows and applications at a glance. To minimize a window using Mission Control:

  1. Place your cursor at the top of the screen to reveal the menu bar.
  2. Click on the “Mission Control” icon in the menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Up Arrow.
  3. Drag the window you want to minimize towards the top edge of the screen until it merges with other windows in Mission Control.

The window will be minimized and grouped together with other windows from the same application. To restore a minimized window, enter Mission Control again, locate the desired window, and click on it.

Method 4: Using Hot Corners

If you’re a fan of gestures or want to add more flexibility to your workflow, you can use Hot Corners. This feature allows you to assign specific actions to each corner of your screen.

Here’s how to set up Hot Corners for minimizing windows:

  1. Go to “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  2. Select “Mission Control. “
  3. Click on “Hot Corners” located at the bottom-left corner of the window.
  4. Select a corner where you want to trigger minimizing windows from the dropdown menu.
  5. Select “Minimize Windows” as your desired action in that corner.
  6. Click OK.

You can now move your cursor to that assigned corner, and your windows will automatically minimize. To restore minimized windows, click on their icons in the Dock.

Now that you know multiple methods for minimizing windows on a Mac, you can choose the one that suits your preferences and workflow. Whether it’s using the traditional minimize button, handy keyboard shortcuts, Mission Control, or Hot Corners, these techniques will help you navigate and organize your desktop effortlessly.

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