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os x suggestion - a simple enhancement

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RChenoweth Calculating status...
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Jul 17, 2013 8:09 AM

Please comment noting you would also like this feature...


A CTRL+Click on the empty space in the menu bar of an active window will often present some options. I'd like to be able to perform a CTRL+Click on the empty space of any active windows menu bar and be presented with this choice: This + Desktop


The result being all other windows hide EXCEPT the the active one. Makes drag & drop much easier.


Understanding that the choices that are given when CTRL+Clicking is done on a menu bar depends on the functionality coded in by the developers, another way of approaching this would be to perform a CTRL+Click on an empty part of the desktop which could present thumbnails of the visible windows that could be selected visible until dismissed via ESC.


OS X is already amazing as it relates to organization, multiple desktops and user-friendly interface. But think for a moment how you use your own physical desktop of your desk... You gather the elements of the task you are working on and lay them out, similar to the layers of windows on your computer screen. (A spreadsheet, an email or two, & one or more other editors or creative applications - some of them often having multiple windows not always accessible with CMD+TAB. I'd just like to be able to compare the spreadsheet to the email or drag and drop some attachments form my desktop or go between 2 specific Finder windows without the hassle of hiding window after window and finally moving and resizing the ones I want into the area best for doing the work.


This could all be a feature of the os, couldn't it?


Richard Chenoweth

DISCLAIMER: Although I have not researched the originality of the concepts described above, nor do I claim them as intellectual property, my explanation of this process is in the Public Domain.

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,710 points)
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    Jul 17, 2013 10:21 AM (in response to RChenoweth)

    The following might or might not get you where you want...


    If you're looking to manage (hide) windows, then ⌥⌘H hides all windows other than the current one.   


    The ⌘H chord hides the current window.


    To see the available windows, four fingers up (on a touchpad enabled for this gesture) displays all windows.  Four fingers down shows all windows associated with the current application.   The "hot corners" feature can also be used for a core set of display functions.


    You can also bind the Mission Control and Application Windows functions to keys; by default, F9 and F10 are used, if enabled.  See the Keyboard Shortcuts in the Keyboard settings in System Preferences for what's available on the particular OS X version you're using.


    You've already mentioned ⌘⇥ command tab, which triggers the application switcher.


    FWIW, this isn't the best spot for suggestions; Apple may or may not see stuff offered here.  It's usually best logged via a bug report (as an enhancement request), if you have access to that.


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