Minimize Chrome

In my daily workflow, I use the hide command and the minimize command to manage my applications and their corresponding windows. I definitely use the hide command much more than minimize, though, and there’s a simple reason behind my decision to do so. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see why.

As you can see from the video, I like to use hide, because hiding an app is immediate, and it pertains to all windows associated with an app. But most importantly, hiding an app allows me to immediately recover it using a ⌘+Tab keyboard shortcut. Since I use this shortcut many times each day to switch between windows, it’s important that the apps that I need most cooperate with this command.

Minimize, on the other hand, is usually performed on a window by window basis, allowing you to hide one window from an application, yet still use other windows associated with the same application. While it’s true that you can minimize all application windows using a simple keyboard shortcut (⌥+⌘+M), I primarily stick to individual window minimization.

Hide Chrome

One factor that you should consider when minimizing windows is that minimized windows can’t be quickly recovered using ⌘+Tab. That’s a huge downside for me in a lot of cases, but it can also be a good thing if I want to put a particular app or window “on the shelf” for a period of time. That way, I can focus on what’s truly important to me and get back to the minimized material at a later time.

Obviously, there are other factors that you’ll want to consider when thinking about these two differing methods for dismissing applications and their windows. Factors such as dock management, Mission Control, etc. But I wanted to share my thoughts and methods on the two.

What do you think?

  • Damian

    I just use multiple desktops to run many apps. Don’t hide or minimize the apps

    • A lot of people do this. I dunno, maybe my brain is weird, but I have a hard time working that way. I probably just need to force myself.

      • Damian

        I love multiple desktop since Apple released in Lion beta version. It was at the time mind blowing and I just wanted to get the most out of it. It took me literally almost no time to adapt to it.

      • Timothy

        I’m curious: Spaces already existed as far back as Leopard (10.5). Do you find the multiple-desktop management in Lion+ more intuitive/useful than Spaces?

      • Damian

        Yes, exactly. Spaces was not intuitive at all. Despite having it on snow leopard I was very unaware of how to use them and how to benefit from using them. At first I did not even know spaces existed.

        Second thin that stands out for Multiple Desktops is that they are deeply integrated with trackpad gestures. You flick your fingers however you like and the desktop you wish appears in front of you. In terms of spaces I don’t know how integrated it was because it was a kinda hidden feature.

  • andyr354

    You can hold The option key as you release the command key to bring minimized windows back up from the dock. I do agree hiding is a better workflow though.

    • “You can hold The option key as you release the command key to bring minimized windows back up from the dock. I do agree hiding is a better workflow though.” ← This is true, but it only applies to one window, not all windows associated with an application. So it’s useful, but it has some definite limitations.

    • coLin

      hi, I have better touch installed. can you tell me how to configure the right click on the minimize button to hide, please?

      • andyr354

        Here is the quick way. I will share a screenshot below. You will have to replace the word “dot” with a . since discuss blocks links.

        Put the two entries in the “other” category across the top in BTT.

        http://www dot dropbox dot com/s/pzahmauwua70uug/Screenshot%202015-03-13%2004.53.42.png?dl=0

  • ready1take1

    I always find that people who minimize, are former windows users who haven’t quite figured out Mac OS yet.

  • The only thing I notice is that icon in the dock is dimmer. Other than that, the app is not visible.

  • OneBigInFiniteJoint

    Jeff, what’s the last icon you have there in the status bar ? i seen it around on different macs. and knowledgeable video. keep them coming.

    • Timothy

      Adobe Application Manager