I use commandtab to browse through my applications, and command` for browsing through internal windows (e.g. for Firefox).

However, regularly, I switch to an application (e.g. TeXMaker and others) and only the menu bar shows up. They don't have a windows option, so I have to go all the way down to the Dock, find the application (which will have a dot on it) and click it. Then the windows will actually show.

I prefer not to use my mouse for this task. Is there any shortcut for this?

  • Try using CMD + N
    – Jules
    Apr 11, 2017 at 14:03
  • @user3439894 Correct, I misunderstood the question.
    – Jules
    Apr 11, 2017 at 14:22

1 Answer 1


This works for some applications but not for all. You can use TextEdit.app to test it.

  1. Open TextEdit.app
  2. Create a new document (CMD+N).
  3. Minimize the document (manually, CMD+M did not work for me).
  4. CMD+Tab to Finder.app

Now everything's set up. The following steps may be a bit tricky.

  1. CMD+Tab to highlight TextEdit. Keep the CMD key pressed.
  2. Keep the CMD key pressed and additionally press the Alt/Opt key.
  3. Release the CMD key.

This will un-minimize only the last window of a certain application. You cannot un-minimize multiple windows without additional scripts/software.

  • Oh this is excellent.Just tested it on chrome. You have to be sure to keep pressing Alt after you let go of cmd. Thanks!
    – dorien
    Apr 13, 2017 at 8:22

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