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When I minimize safari, finder or Firefox windows, they move down to the dock. When I use Command + Tab , to move back to them, the minimized windows don't appear, just the top menu bar is changed. I have to click on the docked thumbnail to maximize particular window. Is it possible to maximize windows with only command + tab.


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excellent question. this behaviour is something I struggle with too! – DanBeale Oct 3 '11 at 11:03
up vote 8 down vote accepted
  1. Use Command-Tab to tab to the app as usual
  2. Before releasing the Command key, press Option as well
  3. Release Command and Tab
  4. Release Option

Doing it is actually easier than explaining it, so just give it a try!

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+1 for the clear explanation. – DanBeale Oct 3 '11 at 13:47
+1 great answer and great job for finding this. Edited with a minor correction - You don't hold down the tab key (obviously), only the command key after selecting the app you want. – macaco Oct 3 '11 at 15:32
thanks, just one thing more to say that, if suppose two firefox windows are minimized, when I perform shortcuts as said above, it only brings one of the window, not showing all at same time. Is it possible that can be done also :) – kaibuki Oct 3 '11 at 18:10

It's not the nicest way in the world, but Ctrl + F3 allows you to move along your Dock icons with the keyboard arrows, then Enter/Return will bring it back up.

Oh, just found a nicer way through, Tab through to the app you want, then hold Option on your keyboard and it'll bring the window back up. Not sure if that'll work for every app, but it worked in Skype & Safari. Details on Lifehacker.

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