How to make applications minimize into their Dock icon

May 11, 2010 - 2 Comments

how to minimize apps into dock icon

You can make save a lot of clutter from the Dock by making applications minimize into their own Dock icon. Here’s how to enable this:

* Launch System Preferences
* Click on the “Dock” icon
* Select the checkbox next to “Minimize windows into application icon”
* Close System Preferences

Changes take effect immediately, all apps are now minimized into their Dock icon and can be retrieved by either clicking on the app icon within the Dock or right-clicking the 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 possible.

Note this is a Snow Leopard (10.6) only feature.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. norm says:

    This appears to be a Snow Leapord only feature (im guessing – that checkbox isnt in my dock prefs)

  2. Jennifer G says:

    This didn’t work for me. Example, Firefox and Itunes don’t minimize into icon, they minimize into their own thing.

    Just wondering what I’m missing?

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