Mac Keyboard Shortcut: Bringing an Application back from a Minimized State

One of my life goals is to completely remove the mouse from my daily interfacing with my Mac.

Ok. So, you all know how to minimize an application window.

Command + M

So, how do you bring it back? Command + Tab does not work. That just puts the focus on the minimized application.


Command + Tab . . . to switch to the application you want. Then, before you let go of the Command key, press the Alt key, then let go of the Command key while keeping the Alt key down.

It is a little weird, and takes a bit to get used to it. But, once you do, it'll be like second nature.


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  1. Brett August 5, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    I just got my mac from work a few months ago, so please keep updating with mac shortcuts, they're great!

  2. Fred Lee August 5, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    @Brett: Welcome to a better world! Feel free to ask any Mac related questions.

  3. smiams August 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Yessss...I've been looking for a shortcut like this for a while...thanks!

  4. Steel August 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Or you can use a nifty program called Witch.