I'm a new Mac user and I regularly minimize windows using the Command + M shortcut. Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore these windows?

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The only way I know of is to get into Exposé mode (e.g. press (fn +) F3 on newer keyboards) and then pressing the down arrow key. You will see the currently selected minimised window (in the lower third of the screen) surrounded by a blue shadow and you can select other windows by moving around with the arrow keys. You can then bring any window to the foreground by hitting return.


beside Asmus Solution you can use cmd+tab to find your minimize software's windows after you go on select windows hold option and release all the key.

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    That's what I use. Sad it doesn't go for multi-window apps (like browsers or document apps).
    – Eimantas
    Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 7:27
  • I'm curious how to do this cmd+tab and then option. I'm on Mavericks and it didn't do anything for me, so it could be that it no longer works on this OS. But I'm not clear what you mean by "go on select windows" @Am1rr3zA and @Eimantas, so I might not be doing it right. Please give some more details. Commented May 22, 2014 at 20:58
  • @RobBednark When doing cmd+tab, go to the app's icon you want to restore and while holding cmd press option. After option is pressed - release cmd.
    – Eimantas
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 5:50
  • Doesn't work if there are multiple windows of an application collapsed under one icon, say multiple VScode windows Commented Jan 26, 2023 at 13:31

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