Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac

Many people overuse the minimize button to get applications and windows out of the way. In most cases, it is more efficient to use the Hide command to simply hide the app. Hidden apps can be quickly and easy brough back and you won't clutter your Dock with minimized windows. Today using tabs in windows and autosave to easily quit and relaunch apps means you should rarely need the minimize button.

Comments: 21 Responses to “Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac”

    Bob
    1 month ago

    Thanks.
    Lots of interesting info.
    Will be using ⌘ H starting now.
    Have made the sys prefs changes.
    Please refer your video(s) on setting
    up different desktops.

    Annemarie Godston
    1 month ago

    Gary,
    That lesson about “hiding vs. minimizing”was the most confusing lesson I’ve ever heard you give! I am totally confused.
    Annemarie

    1 month ago

    Annemarie: Sorry about that. Basically, if you want to get an app out of the way but not quit it, hide it with Command+h.

    Naomi Shriber
    1 month ago

    will use these hints; these will save much clicking. am always using more than one app

    Caro
    1 month ago

    Another helpful and interesting one; thank you, Gary! Is it possible to have Word documents in tabs? There isn’t a ‘Merge all windows’ option in their ‘Window’ menu, and I can’t find anything that looks similar in any of their other menus. It would be handy to have tabs for all those docx’s that get strewn round the desktop if I’m not careful! 😉

    Jean-Claude
    1 month ago

    Very well explained. Those seamingly insignificant clicks really add up and slow us down.

    Laraine
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Gary. I actually hate the minimise windows button so this little tip is going to be very useful to me. The hide command I use most is command-option-H. I used to be able to have Keyboard Maestro do this for me automatically when I switched from one application to another (with keyboard shortcuts courtesy of KM) but they’ve taken this option away.

    winni
    1 month ago

    Hi Gary,
    Thanks, I do understand what you say and I have tried it. But minimising works for me because I know what I have to finish ….if I hide it i may forget it. I use keynote, Pages, iTunes, Youtube, Numbers, my Website all together.

    Bob
    1 month ago

    Thanks, Gary.

    Nan Holcomb
    1 month ago

    Thanks for this. I still think like the 1992 Mac user I was back then. It never occurred to me to use anything other than the yellow button! I also learned from this vid that I don’t get “Mission Control” at all. I’m hoping you have a vid for that too!

    Bob
    1 month ago

    Just reviewed beginner’s guide to desktops and mission control.
    Are there additional videos in the same thread?

    1 month ago

    Caro: Looks like Microsoft doesn’t use document tabs in Word. Maybe to be the same as the Windows version? Not sure why.

    1 month ago

    Bob: You can search at the top of the site for a specific topic, or click on Video Tutorials in the top nav bar to see videos by topic. There are also courses on the right side if you want something more comprehensive.

    Caro
    1 month ago

    Thanks for the reply, Gary. No tabs in Word=one more reason to go with Pages!

    Gene
    1 month ago

    Good video Gary. When I removed the check for “closing windows” I noticed that directly above it there is an option to make apps work the way MS Office does, it always asks if you want to save or close without saving. I forget what it says as it’s been a while.

    Petri
    1 month ago

    Gary when I pres comaand H only the app that I am working with hids. Is there a way that I can hide all the apps with one short cut. I sometimes want to hide all the open apps to select a file that is on the desktop and open then a spesific app to drag that file into.

    1 month ago

    Petri: If you look in the application menu you’ll see Hide (Command+H) and then under it is Hide Others (Command+Option+H). But if you want to get rid of everything to see the desktop, then you can use F11 (see System Preferences, Mission Control, Show Desktop)

    Ian
    4 weeks ago

    Excellent, Thank you – Never even knew this existed, it makes life a lot easier.

    Working on two displays I often find that using command-tab to switch to a different app appears to do nothing, is there a way to ‘fix’ this or better understand why?

    4 weeks ago

    Ian: Not sure why Command+Tab wouldn’t work. You don’t see anything appear at all? That’s odd.

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