Un-minimise windows via keyboard command

Christopher Breen
2 September, 2009
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It’s easy to minimise windows to the Dock to reduce visual clutter on your Mac OS X desktop. But when you try to switch between documents with Command-TAB, you can’t un-minimise those windows without moving your hands from the keyboard to the mouse. Fear not: there are alternatives. 

It is a little clumsy having a perfectly fine keyboard command to minimise the active window (Command-M) that works in many applications (and the Finder) yet no equally fine keyboard command for bringing it back. There are, however, ways to do this without touching the mouse.

The free way is to press Control-F3 (or Fn-Control-F3 on a laptop). This highlights an item in the Dock. You can then let go of these keys and use the left and right arrow keys to move through items in the Dock, highlighting them along the way. When you reach the minimised window you want to expand, press Return.


The more-efficient paid way is Peter Maurer’s €9.95 ($A17) Witch. This highly configurable window switching preference pane lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to a wide variety of windows navigation actions, including selecting specific windows to un-minimise.

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