Clicking an app icon from the dock causes all other windows onscreen to minimize. Is this intended? Is there a way to configure it so selected app's most recent window gets placed on top without minimizing the other windows?

iMac Pro 2017 on Mojave 10.14.3

I'm running: Karabiner SensibleSideButtons Snap TinkerTool

Using: USB Mouse and Keyboard

  • that's not the default behavior. I don't have any of those apps installed, so maybe one of those is causing it, but I wasn't able to see that behavior fiddling with settings in Dock or Mission Control.
    – dwightk
    Mar 17, 2019 at 18:14
  • This sounds like single-window-mode to me (which was a thing in long gone versions of macOS, but who knows, maybe it's still there). Can you check if the Terminal/commandline command "defaults read com.apple.dock single-app" brings up a result?
    – Gummibando
    Mar 17, 2019 at 18:19
  • @Gummibando it returned 1 Sounds like that might be a lead. Is there a command to change that preference? Mar 18, 2019 at 22:08
  • @dwightk good to know that it's not designed to be that frustrating. Hopefully I can get it functioning the way it should. Mar 18, 2019 at 22:10
  • @TheronRogers Please check if my answer helps.
    – Gummibando
    Mar 19, 2019 at 9:14

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Try this in Terminal/commandline:

defaults write com.apple.dock single-app -bool false; killall Dock

My hunch is that you accidentially changed this setting in TinkerTool.

  • Writing the value via Terminal and signing back in fixed it but restarting the Dock after correcting the setting per your suggestion probably would've straightened it out too. I really appreciate your help. It's been bugging me for a while. Mar 19, 2019 at 15:33
  • Also found this to be a setting in TinkerTool so I probably toggled it accidentally. Oops. Mar 26, 2019 at 1:02
  • I've never used TinkterTool and still had this issue. Must have been some other, not so obvious app.
    – thaikolja
    Apr 16, 2021 at 11:28
  • @thaikolja TinkerTool is "only" a GUI for command line functions, including the one in the answer. There are many other GUI tools providing this functionality, but as the OP stated using TinkerTool in the question, the answer is specific to this app. Did the "defaults write…" command solve the problem for you?
    – Gummibando
    Apr 20, 2021 at 8:12
  • @Gummibando Yes, it worked.
    – thaikolja
    May 21, 2021 at 19:27

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