How to Minimize All Windows on Mac (at the Same Time!)

We've all fallen into the trap of opening way too many apps on our Macs. When you find yourself getting distracted by the desktop clutter, or having trouble accessing files saved on your desktop, you might want to quickly clear some space on your screen. Of course, you can click the minimize button (the small yellow circle) on each window, but this can be quite tedious. Instead, let’s look at a cool keyboard shortcut to hide all your windows at once.

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How to Minimize All Windows Using a Keyboard Shortcut

With this minimizing windows shortcut, you can hide all open app windows, while simultaneously revealing your open Finder windows. The only caveat is that you need to be able to see at least a sliver of your desktop to make it work. For more handy Mac shortcuts, consider signing up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Now, here’s how to minimize all windows on your Mac at the same time.

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  1. Let’s say your desktop looks something like this:

  2. On your keyboard, press and hold the Option + Command keys. Then click anywhere on your desktop.

    Minimize windows step 2 - Option+Command+Click desktop
  3. All the open app windows will immediately disappear, except for any Finder windows you might have had open.

  4. Your apps are now hidden but still running. This means you can pull them up again and start right where you left off without having to restart the app.
  5. Check your Dock for any app icon that has a little black dot underneath it. This means the app is still running. 

  6. Click the app icon again and any windows you had open for that app will re-appear on your screen.

If you tend to keep a lot of windows open, this shortcut will be very handy, as it allows you to hide all your windows instantly without having to painstakingly minimize each window one by one. This way, you can stay organized and be more productive! Also, if you're having trouble with your Mac losing battery too quickly, you can check out how to change the Sleep time on your Mac in Settings to help conserve energy.

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Jivan Hall

Jivan has always been a big fan of Apple products since the original iPod hit the scene, and gets excited about the fast pace of technology. Jivan has a background in both business and tech, and has a degree in business administration. He loves researching new tips and ideas and sharing them with others. Jivan resides out of San Diego in sunny southern California, and tries to spend as much time as humanly possible outdoors with his two young sons playing sports, chasing waves, and on the seemingly never-ending quest for the best fish taco.