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When selecting an app with the app switcher (CMD+TAB) it will do nothing if the window happens to be minimized (or the app is active but doesn't have windows open).

In this answer I was informed that you can hold OPT to maximize it.

Now, I don't really understand the UX. Why is not bringing the windows to the foreground the default? It seems to me pretty natural that if you select an application you want to open it and not a possible "do nothing" event depending on the last state the window was in. Are you supposed to remember the state of all your windows to see if you have to press OPT or not? Or press always OPT, which is tedious?

Is there a way to make "simply always show the window" the default?

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  • Is there a reason you use the rather random cmd/tab structure rather than Spaces? Since that was introduced I don't think I've ever had to minimise a window. – Tetsujin Nov 15 '20 at 8:40
  • How do I use spaces to switch quickly from one window to another? – sfsdf Nov 15 '20 at 8:42
  • I use Spaces, but so far haven't figured how to fully control it with the keyboard. All I want is to be able to quickly (and reliably) switch from one window to another, using the keyboard. – sfsdf Nov 15 '20 at 8:45
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    I did a couple of Spaces answers, one here apple.stackexchange.com/a/179403/85275 & one on superuser… superuser.com/a/1187552/347380 See if they're any help. – Tetsujin Nov 15 '20 at 8:45
  • Okay thanks, will read it later. – sfsdf Nov 15 '20 at 8:46

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