Several times a week, I accidentally minimize a window by mistake. This is often by hitting ⌘ M when aiming for another keyboard shortcut such as ⌘ N (New Window). Each time, I would spend 5-15 seconds being perplexed and then go about unhiding the window. Over 10+ years of using OSX, I wasted about 10 hours of my life on this little pitfall. Today I finally learned to disable this shortcut:

The question

What is the Minimize window feature for? What is its intended use case? When/why would you intentionally use it?

My usual workflow is:

  • If a window is needed later, I just leave it as is (behind another window I'm actively using) or move it to a different desktop.
  • If a window is no longer needed, I just close the window.

I have never intentionally minimize a window. Maybe I have been missing out on its usefulness?

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    – nohillside
    Commented Jan 5 at 6:22
  • No, I never Minimize windows. I've changed to the Key command to "all the meta-keys" M, which I'll never press accidentally. Minimize is an old paradigm from early GUI systems, but now we have Mission Control, Application windows, Command Tab, the Window menu, right-clicking on the Dock....
    – benwiggy
    Commented Jan 5 at 9:38

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I don’t like a cluttered workspace. I minimize windows many times a day to keep the workspace clean. A simple click on the minimized window hanging out in the Dock brings it right back to the workspace, exactly where I positioned it, with the same size and shape.

Different strokes for different folks.

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