OS X: Minimizing Windows into Their Dock Icons

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If you’re one of those people who likes using the yellow “stoplight” button on windows to minimize them into the right side of your Dock…

…then this is probably a familiar sight to you:

That’s just madness, my friends. MADNESS.

If you decide you don’t like the looks of that, then there’s a way you can minimize windows into their programs' Dock icons, which’ll keep things all organized and stuff. Plus, your Dock won’t look like window mayhem. Seriously, that screenshot above gives me the shivers.

To do this, visit System Preferences> Dock and check the box labeled “Minimize windows into application icon.” 

Afterward, you can get a minimized window back by either right-clicking or clicking and holding on the Dock icon in question. That’ll bring up a contextual menu from which you can pick what you want to de-minimize.

Of course, this is only one of approximately a million methods you could use to manage windows in OS X. What’s your favorite way to do that, dear readers? 

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Oh I LIKE this.

Melissa Holt

You’re welcome, geoduck! Thanks for reading. grin


Thank you Melissa grin

Paul Goodwin

I will try this too. Although I’m compulsive about not have too many windows open in the same application. It makes me dizzy thinking about it. Maybe this will help because they’re so organized in the popup.

Paul Goodwin

But I’m not sure I can handle having the same application icon in two places on the dock. That sounds unnatural.


“... same application icon in two places on the dock. That sounds unnatural.”

It would be. I don’t think it happens that way.

Paul Goodwin

Ah. OK vpncev. It puts the popup list on the app icon and doesn’t make a separate one. That would make more sense.

Melissa Holt

Thanks for the comments, everybody! (And you’re very welcome, furbies.) grin

Eolake Stobblehouse

Ah, thank you. I was wondering why my minimized windows had become invisible, cause me to forget about them. It appears I used this setting a while ago and forgot about it. Now I’ve undone it.

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