4 Tips to Rock Your Mac Application Windows

4 Tips to Rock Your Mac Application Windows

Hey there! Are you ready to take control of your Mac application windows? I’m here to give you some awesome tips that will make your life easier and your workflow smoother. Let’s dive right in!

1. Master Command+Tab

Switching between applications has never been easier. Say goodbye to hunting through open windows or clicking on tiny icons in your dock. With Command+Tab, you can swiftly navigate through your open apps. Hold down the Command key and press Tab until you find the application you want. Release both keys, and boom! You’re there.

2. Embrace Mission Control

Need a big-picture view of all your open windows and workspaces? Look no further than Mission Control. Just swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad or press the Mission Control key on your keyboard, and you’ll be whisked away to a beautiful display of all your active apps. It’s like having your very own virtual control center.

3. Go Full Screen… or Not

Everyone has their preferences, right? Well, your Mac understands that. So it gives you the option to go full screen with your apps if you want to focus on a single task without any distractions. Just click the green button in the top-left corner of your window, and voila! But if you prefer a little more flexibility, simply hover over the green button and choose “zoom” to resize your window to a size that works best for you.

4. App Exposé: Your Best Friend

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by too many open windows within the same app? Don’t fret, my friend. App Exposé is here to save the day. Simply press F10 or swipe down with three fingers on your trackpad while in an app, and watch as all your open windows elegantly fan out before your eyes. Just click on the one you want, and you’re instantly directed to where you need to be.

So there you have it! Four fabulous tips to help you conquer your Mac application windows like a pro. Say goodbye to chaos and hello to productivity. Enjoy!

When it comes to handling multiple windows on a Mac, there’s no need to go through the hassle of clicking on each one individually to close them all. Like you, I often find myself with an overwhelming number of open windows across different programs, and it can be frustrating trying to keep track of everything. But hey, it’s not our fault! The documents just seem to open on their own.

Luckily, macOS provides some built-in tools for window management that can help us clean up, organize, and navigate through our open application windows. Let’s dive into how these tools work and how they can make using multiple applications on your Mac a little less annoying.

1. Cycling Through Windows

A common issue in macOS is when you have multiple windows open within the same application. For example, when browsing through files in Finder, you may end up with a cluttered mess like the screenshot below:

Instead of manually rearranging the windows to find the one you’re looking for, you can use the convenient Cycle Through Windows command. To access this feature, simply go to Window > Cycle Through Windows in the menu bar at the top of your screen. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command-Tilde (the Tilde key is located above the Tab key on the left side of your keyboard) for the same effect.

Once you’ve initiated one of these options, each window will pop up in the front one-by-one as you cycle through them using the command or keyboard shortcut. This allows you to quickly see the contents of each window without wasting time rearranging things.

2. Jumping Directly to a Specific Window

When you’re not sure which application window has the information you need, you can use the Cycle Through Windows command. But if you already know which window you want and you don’t want to search through open windows, there’s a quick trick you can use.

First, make sure the desired application is open and active. Then, just click on the Window item in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

The Window menu will appear, showing a list of all the open windows in that application. In my screenshot above, I have three documents open in TextEdit: Manage Windows.txt, Test.txt, and Test 2.txt. By clicking on any of them, that window will instantly come to the front.

3. Merge All Windows

Just like your favorite Web browser, some apps on macOS can have tabs. This means you can combine multiple windows into one tabbed interface. It’s pretty handy because it helps tidy up your desktop. You can use this feature in apps like Finder, Pages, or Mail. All you have to do is bring all your open windows together using the Merge All Windows command. Let me show you how to do it.

First, make sure the app you want to use is open and active. Then, select Window > Merge All Windows from the menu bar. It’s in the top part of the screen where you usually find the app’s name and other options. A menu will drop down, and you just have to click on the Merge All Windows option.

Once you do that, all your open windows for that app will merge into a single window. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see some tabs. Each tab represents one of the windows you had open before. You can click on each tab to see and work on its contents. It’s a great way to keep everything organized and have quick access to all your windows.

Wow, I have so many instances of my home folder. It’s kind of overwhelming, don’t you think?

Remember, this only works with apps that support tabs. And even for some apps like Finder, it only works on newer versions of macOS.

4. Close Multiple Windows at Once

Instead of just managing and switching between application windows, what if you want to close a bunch of them? I mean, sure, you could click the red “stoplight” button on each window to close them one by one, but there’s a smarter way to do it.

One option is to use the “Close All” command. Just go to the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “File,” then hold down the “Option” key on your keyboard and select “Close All.” It’ll close all the application windows, but the app itself will keep running in the background.

You can also use the keyboard shortcut “Option-Command-W.” If you use this feature frequently, it might be easier to remember.
Now, here comes my favorite trick. The Option key also plays a role in this one! Remember that red “stoplight” button I mentioned earlier? Well, if you hold down the Option key and click that button on any open window, the program you’re using will close ALL its windows in an instant. It’s like magic! I absolutely love this because I only have to remember one key to press, and I can’t stand having a ton of windows cluttering my screen. It drives me crazy! Do you think I’m a little too obsessed with this? Haha, maybe I am.

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