Minimize Windows Into the Applications Dock Icon

Mar 2, 2010 - 8 Comments

minimize to dock app icon If you’re tired of having your Dock full of thumbnailed versions of minimized windows, you can change the Dock’s minimize behavior with a simple Terminal command that will minimize windows into the parent applications Dock icon. You can then tell which windows are minimized by looking for the diamond next to the window name (see screenshot). This is very helpful in particular if you’re working with a limited screen resolution, or if you have a Dock that is loaded to the brim with applications and folders.

If you want to enable this feature, launch the Terminal and enter the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock minimize-to-application -BOOL YES

With how useful this is I’m surprised it’s not an option somewhere within the Mac OS X GUI preferences.

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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Rushabh Mehta says:

    Hey, there is an option in the GUI
    System Preferences – Dock- Minimize windows into dock icon

  2. Tomball says:

    Or you could check the Minimized windows into Application Dock in the Dock System Preference

  3. NTT says:

    Is this SnowLeopard only??

  4. Coinneach says:

    Doesn;t work on 10.5
    i get the following error

    Unexpected argument YES; leaving defaults unchanged.

  5. LeMaurien19 says:

    I agree with Rushabh, this works better:

    System Preferences > Dock > tick checbox “Minimize windows into dock icon” (lower part of the window)

    The command line provided in the post also gives me the same error Coinneach gets :(

  6. Slopjong says:

    The same to me. It doesn’t work on 10.5.

  7. [...] Dock app icon and selecting the window directly. Yes, we have covered this tip before but it was by changing the minimize behavior via the command line, I find it much more simple to do this tricks through the GUI whenever [...]

  8. Syd Salmon says:

    Unfortunately, this tip only works in Snow Leopard.

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