Move Windows around in the Background by holding down Command key

Aug 17, 2009 - 6 Comments

If you’re like me you tend to have 10,000 windows open at once on your Mac while you work and multitask, thanks to Expose this is not a particular problem in Mac OS X. But, there comes a time when you don’t want to use Expose to either clear the screen or select a specific window, you just want to move some of the background clutter around, to access the Desktop or something of that sort. Easily done! Hold the Command key and select a Window titlebar in the background to move it around elsewhere and clear up space, now you can access that JPG on your desktop easily without having to hide all windows!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in How to, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Keith says:

    Or you could just use your trackpad and swipe four fingers up to show your desktop or on older trackpads assign a hot corner to desktop. Probably ten times more efficient then moving windows around.

  2. J says:

    Strangely, iTunes (well, at least 8.0.2) will always jump to the foreground when you click its title bar, even if you’re holding command down.

  3. Cletus says:

    This feature has actually been part of the Mac OS since at least System 7.5, and maybe even earlier. Holding down the command key while dragging a window’s title bar allows you to move the window without bringing it to the front. It’s useful if you have a bunch of windows open and you want to be able to see what’s behind a window while keeping the frontmost window active.

  4. Ben says:

    I’m not sure I understand the intended outcome. I see no difference when I drag a window with or without the command key.

  5. Greg says:

    I know what you mean and I LOVE IT.
    Thanks Greg

  6. Michael says:

    Sorry, could you post some screenshot. From your description is not clear what do you mean.

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