this may be a repetitive question, but I was unable to find an exact solution anywhere.

I would really like to be able to hide all of the open applications on my mac without minimizing. I have this workflow in mind: Hide apps which I want to keep updated, minimize apps I am actually using but need to hide temporarily.

I just don't understand why we are restricted to minimizing the final app and not hiding it? Does anyone know how to get around this?

Thank You

  • It might be simpler to get used to using Spaces instead of hide/show/hide/show every time. See some of my ramblings on Spaces here - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/179376/… & there are many more if you have a specific concern. btw, you can hide any current frontmost app by alt/clicking the desktop. – Tetsujin Oct 4 '15 at 17:09
  • Thanks @Tetsujin, I appreciate the advice. I guess I never really noticed, but even when I am able to hide all windows (which seems to be possible in some strange instances where Cmd-H even hides the final window) the Finder still remains open. I suppose Apple made their OS such that at least one app must always be open. Is this true? – Veita Oct 4 '15 at 21:53
  • @Veita when hiding, at least one window must be visible. – At0mic Oct 4 '15 at 22:23

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