I just switched from TotalTerminal to iTerm2, and the feature I used the most was the visor. When I used my shortcut key (option + `), it'd drop a terminal from the top of the screen that i could tuck away with the visor shortcut again. Alternatively, if I clicked the terminal button in the dock, I could pull down the visor (or if I had other terminals open, I could go to those).

Is there a way I can have iTerm2 not open a new terminal when I click on it in the dock, but to just go to the most recent active terminal (which may be the visor)?

I'm running Mac OS Sierra (10.12.5).

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I found it! I'm using Iterm 3 and found the following setting under "Advanced": enter image description here

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    Thanks! This worked. I also had to go to keys -> create dedicated hotkey window to make the setting take effect.
    – Batman
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 18:51
  • Screenshot is dead. So I just mark as No to "Open a new window when you click dock icon and no windows are already open?" in Preferences > Advanced Commented Oct 8, 2018 at 9:08

As answered here, you can use a shortcut to hide/display open terminals.

However, I don't think you can "restore" a previous session, since when you close the iTerm2, it ends the current session.

  • I've got the shortcut to do the quake-console type thing. All I want is that when I click the iterm2 icon in the dock (when iterm2 is already running), it doesn't open a new terminal (and ideally shifts focus to the last used terminal/visor).
    – Batman
    Commented May 27, 2017 at 18:23
  • So you want to use the dock icon as you use your Hotkey ?
    – N. Cornet
    Commented May 28, 2017 at 12:01
  • I have a hotkey already, and that functionality works fine. I just don't want clicking on the iterm2 icon in the dock to open a new terminal, but to open the last used terminal (which may be the visor).
    – Batman
    Commented May 28, 2017 at 13:37
  • @Batman It is possible by going to Keys -> Hotkey -> Create A Dedicated Hotkey Window -> On Dock Icon Click -> Show This Hotkey Window
    – Hedge
    Commented Sep 29, 2019 at 20:36

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