I am asking this question because I feel it belongs on apple, not superuser. Also the perfect answer is not checked off there.

You hide a window using ⌘ + M. However even ⌘ + ⇥ to that window does not help as the window is minimized. How do you unminimize?

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    The correct way to go about this would have been to have a mod migrate the question. Sep 28, 2011 at 18:21

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A very quick keyboard method to un-minimize a specific window or un-minimize all of an app's minimized windows is this:

Command ⌘+Tab ⇥ to the app with minimized windows, but don't release the Command ⌘ key.

While still holding Command ⌘ down, tap Down ↓ or 1 (easy 1-handed access) to enter App Exposé. Once in App Exposé, all keys can be released.

To un-minimize all windows, select any window with arrow keys, then press Option ⌥+Return ↩.

To un-minimize a specific window, navigate to the window you want with the arrow keys, then press Return ↩.

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    Nice. Lets keep this up. Good to know all the different ways to do this. Sep 29, 2011 at 22:42
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    You can also ⌘+Tab, keep holding ⌘, release tab, press option, release ⌘
    – Chaos
    Apr 19, 2017 at 16:46
  • @Chaos Thank you!
    – Rudger
    Jun 10, 2021 at 11:16
  • The problem with this is that all the windows are un-minimized onto the current Mac Space. They don't remember which Space they were before being minimized.
    – Patrick
    Nov 19, 2021 at 6:38

When you ⌘ + ⇥ to that application, hold the key before releasing . This will reopen the application, typically bringing up a minimized window if there are no other windows up.

An alternative is to minimize using ⌘ + H which hides the window, but does not actually minimize it, therefore you can still ⌘ + ⇥ to it without any special action.

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    As a side note, I wish I could get the original answer a few hundred up votes. This is knowledge that apparently NOBODY has. People built scripts in that answer to get it working, yet there already exists a keyboard shortcut nobody is aware of. Sep 28, 2011 at 5:05
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    The Option-key trick will only work if all of an app's windows are minimized, and then it will only un-minimize one of the windows.
    – joelseph
    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:40
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    +1 - So awesome to know. Can't believe I've just learned it today.
    – boehj
    Sep 28, 2011 at 14:45
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    @Dmitriy: indeed, shortcut implementation on OSX is very inconsistent/unclear Sep 30, 2011 at 5:44
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    Thanks for the cmd-H tip. Using cmd-H to get rid of a window instead using cmd-M makes it 5 times as easy to get the window back.
    – markg
    Aug 30, 2020 at 5:55

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