Comments on: Mac annoyances http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances Incessant chatterings of a young fart Thu, 22 Jun 2006 03:01:40 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.2 by: koreth http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-313 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 15:06:30 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-313 Command-H is definitely helpful and makes Alt-Tab work closer to the way I want, but I still find myself doing more mousing around than I'd like. I've come to realize the source of the problem is an app-centric vs. a window-centric view of the world. Which I guess boils down to what kind of application you typically use. If your typical app is something like Photoshop, where there are lots of little windows open when you're working on just one document, then the Mac approach is just fine. If, on the other hand, you often have a bunch of only somewhat related windows open (Terminal windows, in my case), then what you have is really a bunch of apps that happen to be the same underlying program. The fact that they're the same binary is incidental. If I have five terminal windows open, each doing something completely different, I want the UI to give me quick ways to switch between windows and hide/show them, not quick ways to deal with all of them en masse. In fact, I don't think I've *ever* wanted to hide all my terminal windows at once. I wonder if it would work to make a bunch of copies of the Terminal app and run them separately. Hmm. Command-H is definitely helpful and makes Alt-Tab work closer to the way I want, but I still find myself doing more mousing around than I’d like.

I’ve come to realize the source of the problem is an app-centric vs. a window-centric view of the world. Which I guess boils down to what kind of application you typically use. If your typical app is something like Photoshop, where there are lots of little windows open when you’re working on just one document, then the Mac approach is just fine.

If, on the other hand, you often have a bunch of only somewhat related windows open (Terminal windows, in my case), then what you have is really a bunch of apps that happen to be the same underlying program. The fact that they’re the same binary is incidental. If I have five terminal windows open, each doing something completely different, I want the UI to give me quick ways to switch between windows and hide/show them, not quick ways to deal with all of them en masse. In fact, I don’t think I’ve *ever* wanted to hide all my terminal windows at once.

I wonder if it would work to make a bunch of copies of the Terminal app and run them separately. Hmm.

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by: Aaron http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-312 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 07:15:53 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-312 Instead of minimizing windows, try hiding the app (i.e., command-H). This won't work if you only want to hide one window in an open program, but that's what command-tilde is for :) Instead of minimizing windows, try hiding the app (i.e., command-H). This won’t work if you only want to hide one window in an open program, but that’s what command-tilde is for :)

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by: Bob http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-309 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 12:32:23 +0000 http://www.plaintivemewling.com/articles/mac-annoyances#comment-309 you can switch through active windows of an application by using Command-~ (tilde). This is next to Z on my UK keyboard (next to 1 on a US keyboard, I think). Hope this helps! you can switch through active windows of an application by using Command-~ (tilde). This is next to Z on my UK keyboard (next to 1 on a US keyboard, I think). Hope this helps!

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