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I am using Mac OS X 10.7.3. +tab is used to switch among different applications, but sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I guess it is because some applications are hidden or minimized.

Is there a way to really switch among all the applications by shortcuts no matter whether they are hidden or minimized?

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If you use +tab to go through your open applications, you should see even minimized ones, but if you select them, they don't automatically maximize/unminize. If you however press the option key after you've selected the desired minimized application but before releasing the key with +tab, the app window that was minimized to the dock will return to its previous view.

I know this probably isn't exactly what you're looking for, but perhaps it'll help nonetheless.

Following this tip should also create a window for apps with no active window (works for Mail, iTunes and Keynote).

You can also switch from an app to "itself" (by hitting shift+tab once) then holding option before letting go of command will unminimize or create the window.

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Sorry, I tried the option key after I've selected the desired minimized application... but it still does not appear... –  SoftTimur Apr 23 '12 at 21:22
    
owenfi made some changes to my post to make it clearer, did you see the changes? –  newenglander Apr 24 '12 at 8:28
    
+1. Never know this trick –  revolver Apr 25 '12 at 2:38
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Alternatively, you could try one of the following add ons:

http://manytricks.com/witch/

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/8242/liteswitch-x (company website no longer seems to exist)

Both apps claim to solve the minimized app problem.

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