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A Beginner’s Guide to the Red, Yellow and Green Window Buttons
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I didn't know about option-green, but you left out the use of click-and-hold-green (allows you to put two apps side-by-side in "half-full-screen" mode).
Also hold down the Shift key and press Yellow button. Hold Shift key and open window in the Dock. Neat animation.
Using Sierra .6 and the option key does not work on any of the three buttons. Perhaps there's a preference setting?
Steve: Which app? No preference setting I can think of.
Gary, I guess I thought you misunderstood. From the video you suggested almost any app. However I had email, Safari open. Maybe I should listen to the video again.
Why does the yellow button become grayed out (not usable) when the window is maximized?
Jay: You mean when you go full screen with the app? I guess because it doesn't make sense to put a full screen window in the Dock, as then there would be nothing left for that screen.
Option red only closes one window?
Alan: It should close all the windows, but in the same app. So if you have two TextEdit window open and a a Safari window open, and Option+click on a red button in one of the TextEdit windows, it will close those two, but not the Safari window.
Gary, thank you for your response but I don't understand your answer to my question. In MS Windows I minimize windows all the time directly from full screen mode to get them out of the way for a while. To do this on my Mac I have to reduce the window first and only then can I minimize it. It would sure be handy to be able to minimize a window from full screen by just clicking on the yellow button. This is not possible because the yellow button is grayed out. Why?
Jay: As you can guess, I don't use Windows much. But I'm thinking that by "full screen" on Windows, you mean a window that is the size of the desktop. But on Mac, when you use Full Screen Mode, you are creating a second desktop that is only that app, no desktop background behind it, no desktop files, etc. You don't minimize this desktop, you simply leave it. See https://macmost.com/a-beginners-guide-to-mission-control.html
OK, that helps. I guess I need to used to using Mission Control. Thanks for the quick response.
The three buttons I see are not colored at all ... they are all grey with an "x", a "-", or an expand arrow. How can I change these buttons to be red, yellow and green? Your help will be appreciated. Thanks, Gary.
Lanne: Are they that way in all apps, including the Finder? Also, which version of macOS are you using?
In response to your question, the answer is yes ... all three buttons are grey in all apps, including the Finder. I'm using MacOS Sierra (10.12.6).
Lanne: Do the buttons work? If so, the perhaps you have just changed your appearance setting? Go to System Preferences, General, Appearance and switch from Graphite back to the default Blue.
Yes, all of the grey buttons work ... AND, you are correct. I had at some point in the past changed the appearance in Settings from the default blue to graphite. Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. Now, the buttons are back to the default red, yellow and green. Thanks again, Gary. I am very appreciative of your help and expertise.