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I recently got my very first MacBook Pro. It has OSX 10.10 Yosemite on it.

After some time, though, I noticed that there are many icons accumulating in my dock that just represent open windows. Note that I do not mean the application icons themselves (see screenshot for clarification).

How can I disable these "open window" icons so that only application icons show up?

Bothersome icons:
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I actually found an answer to this question now.

Apparently, there is an option "Minimize windows into application icon" in System Preferences > Dock that will accomplish what I want.

The option mentioned:
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    and don't forget to make killall Dock in terminal to restart it for the change to take effect
    – vladkras
    Sep 21, 2020 at 6:27

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