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  • boo 29 Mar 2010 14:32:47 11,897 posts
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    Quick question.

    Someone just asked me what the equivalent of Windows-M is on a Mac, i.e. minimise all open windows, just leaving the desktop.

    I never use this, so I googled it, and the general consensus is Option-Command-M.

    However, I've just tried it, and this just minimises the active window, leaving everything else up.

    Tried Option-Command-H, but this hides everying BUT the active window.

    Anybody tell me what the command is (assuming there is one)?

    It's bugging me now...

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  • mouse Moderator 29 Mar 2010 14:35:27 10,310 posts
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    I tend to use exposť to do this, albeit temporarily. Cmd-F3 on the current mini keyboards. Can't remember on the older ones - Cmd-F9?
  • boo 29 Mar 2010 14:39:51 11,897 posts
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    Fn-F11 seems to push all open windows off the edges, but you cabn still see them lurking there, so they're not 'properly' hidden.

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  • otto Moderator 29 Mar 2010 14:40:58 49,338 posts
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    Apple-shift-H to hide all windows (I think, not on my Mac right now so can't check)

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  • Deleted user 29 March 2010 14:43:53
    Apple+H to hide a single app.
  • boo 29 Mar 2010 14:45:12 11,897 posts
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    Hmm. Looking through the page on the Apple site, it appears that it can't be done.

    Command-H hides the active app, Option-Command-H hides all other apps, but no way of hiding everything at once.

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  • heyyo 29 Mar 2010 14:47:45 14,371 posts
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    Why would you want to hide everything at once? Like your wallpaper that much? :Want to quickly hide all the porn? ;p
  • Deleted user 29 March 2010 14:49:30
    I normally hold alt and click on the desktop/other app to hide the current app.
  • otto Moderator 29 Mar 2010 14:50:05 49,338 posts
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    F11 is there if you want to see the desktop quickly. Or use Spaces to create additional desktops then just cycle to an empty one by hitting Apple-cursor.

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  • corimi 29 Mar 2010 14:50:44 1,311 posts
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    Not as simple as a keystroke, but you can CTRL-ALT click on the Finder icon in the dock and select 'Hide Others'. This has the same effect as switching to Finder and pressing CTRL-ALT-H.

    You could set something like this up in an Applescript and invoke it with a keystroke, but there's no simple way to do it.
  • boo 29 Mar 2010 15:10:20 11,897 posts
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    heyyo! wrote:
    Why would you want to hide everything at once? Like your wallpaper that much? :Want to quickly hide all the porn? ;p

    He says he has a load of docs on his desktop, and wants to be able to get to them easily.

    Sounds like Fn-F11 is the way to go.

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  • otto Moderator 29 Mar 2010 15:11:33 49,338 posts
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    Yeah, F11.

    But tell him to stop leaving docs on his desktop, it's a daft thing to do, they all sit there in RAM and slow his system down. That's what those spring-loaded folders in the Dock are for.

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  • Deleted user 29 March 2010 15:13:23
    CMD + F3 on lappys
  • Derblington 29 Mar 2010 15:27:57 22,098 posts
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    Is it one of the new MBs/magic mice? Don't they have a command on the touch pad - 4 finger swipe or something?
  • Jackface 29 Mar 2010 16:27:04 3,736 posts
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    The 4-finger gestures on the MB trackpad do either Expose or Switch Applications. Magic Mice don't do many multitouch gestures at all really.

    If you get MagicPrefs you can add all sorts of multitouch gestures to both the Magic Mouse and the trackpads, though. ;)

    I despair at people who leave all their applications or documents or downloads scattered all over their desktop, it's such a tragic waste of a perfectly good operating system. It is these people the iPad has been born, I suspect.
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