Getting to Grips with Your ‘Mac Window Menu’

There are some great handy tricks lurking inside your Mac Window menu… options that can speed up annoying and fiddly maneuvers in no time.

You will find the Mac Window menu proudly sitting in the toolbar of an application. The tab is simply marked ‘Window’ and is usually the second to last menu next to the Help option.

Depending on what application you are using, such as an internet browser like Safari or Chrome or a program such as TextEdit or Adobe Photoshop, the options presented within the Windows tab may differ slightly. However, they will all have these nifty options…

Mac Window Menu


Understanding Your Mac Window Menu Options

Minimize – This option will react the same as clicking on the middle yellow button from the top left hand side of your window.

Despite the window staying open and live (ready for you to continue with later on) the minimize option will shrink it down and neatly place it in your dock for safe keeping. To bring the window back to full size once more, just click on the mini window icon in your dock.

Zoom Window – This is more of less the twin function of the Maximize green button from the top left hand side of the window.

If your window is currently only half the size of the screen, selecting this option will automatically resize the window so it will fill the entire space.
Unlike the green button however, if you press the ‘Zoom Window’ option a second time the window will return to its original size and shape.

Bring All to Front – This is a very handy tool that I have only recently discovered and love!
If you click on the ‘Bring All to Front’ option, all of your open windows (whether minimized or hidden inside that application) will all pop up.

This saves you from having to manually enlarge them from the dock. Every little helps right!


Extra Mac Window Menu Features

Like I mentioned earlier, you will come across extra options in your Window menu that relate to the application you are in.

If you are surfing the web using Safari then you will find some great menu extras such as…

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Show Previous Tab – Press this and the previous tab you were cruising the web on before will pop back up.

Show Next Tab – You may have multiple tabs open – all queued up along the toolbar. Click this option and your live window will switch to the next tab along.

Move Tab to New Window – So you have a list of open tabs all lined up in one window, you may find yourself wanting to break one free. You could either grab and pull the tab away from the others or select this option to automatically set the tab up in a new browser window.

Merge All Windows – Alternatively, if you have several internet windows all open at once and wish to transfer them into tabs, just pick this option and they will instantly merge together.

Top Sites – This feature is personal to Safaris handy ‘Top Site’ page. Click this option and you will be immediately transferred there.


TextEdit Mac Window Menu Bonus

If you were working with windows in TextEdit, you may find this sneaky feature very handy….

If you have multiple TextEdit documents open, instead of constantly minimizing them or clicking around the screen to pull up the one you want, just navigate to the Window Menu tab. At the bottom of the menu you will see the titles of all your open documents. So if you were looking for the document called ‘Grandmas Secret Trifle Recipe’, just click on the matching name in the list and the document will instantly pop to the front.

Fast and easy!

How to Keep Mac Windows Tidy and Organized?

Keeping your Mac windows organized is vital if you want to prevent yourself getting frustratingly muddled from endlessly opening up the wrong windows.

There are a few handy ways to keep your windows clean and out of your way but still keeping them live and ready to go…


Minimize Mac Windows

This is the most common method to choose to temporarily get rid of an unwanted window. There are a few easy methods you can pick from to minimize use your Mac windows

how to minimize mac windows

1.) My favourite choice – On the top left hand side of your open window are three coloured circles. Simply click on the middle yellow button (displaying a minus sign) to minimize your window instantly.
2.) For the next option you will need to click on the ‘Window’ tab from your applications toolbar.
A drop down menu will appear. Scroll through an pick ‘Minimize’.

Once you minimize a Mac window it will immediately shrink and placed safely in your Mac dock. Minimizing a window is a perfect solution to tidy away unused windows but still keep them live and accessible.

However, the more windows you minimize the more cluttered and confusing your Mac dock will become. This usually results in you clicking through numerous windows before you pull up the correct one – incredibly annoying – luckily there is an alternative route to tidy your Mac windows….


Hiding Mac Windows

If you have quite a few windows you wish to temporarily move off the screen I suggest you make use of the ‘Hide’ option.

Hiding you Mac windows will make all windows associated with a particular app totally disappear from sight. They will not shrink and be dumped in your dock, creating potentially more confusion. Instead like magic that will simply “poof” and vanish. But don’t worry, Apple will keep them live, untouched and safe, and they are very easy to bring back.

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How to Hide Mac Windows

1.) Once inside the app of the windows you wish to hide, from the toolbar click on the name of the app i.e. TextEdit.
2.) From the drop down menu select the option ‘Hide TextEdit’. Now you will see all the open windows in that application will instantly disappear.


How to Bring Back Hidden Windows on Mac?

Making your windows magically reappear is even easier then banishing them off the screen!
1.) Just simply click once on the applications name i.e. TextEdit and all the windows will instantly pop back up.

How to Hide Windows on Mac

If you love a clean organised desktop then you may be curious to learn about ‘hiding windows on Mac!

Learning how to hide windows on your Mac is a great trick to keep live windows neat and tidy and out of your way when you no longer need them but don’t wish to exit them for good.

This trick enables you to hideaway all open windows that are live in a certain application, such as an internet browser like Chrome and Safari or a program like Adobe Photoshop.

Like all nifty Apple Mac maneuvers it is very simple to perform…


How to Hide Windows on Mac

 1.) To start off you have to be inside your application to access the browsers/programs toolbar.

2.) In the apps toolbar, next to the mini apple logo we all love, click on the name of the app, i.e. Chrome.

3.) A menu will drop down. Scroll through until you reach the option ‘Hide Chrome’. Click on it with your cursor.

how hide a window on mac

4.) Immediately all the windows in that app disappear.

Note: Unlike minimize where the widow shrinks and quietly sits in your dock, your windows actually hide out of sight.

How to Bring Back Hidden Windows on Mac

If you have hidden your apps windows you may be slightly concerned where they have disappear off to as they will vanish without a trace. But don’t panic…. your windows are even easier to magically bring back then they were to make disappear.

1.) To bring back your hidden Mac windows just click on the application from your dock and they will instantly reappear!

How to Customise Mac Window Sidebar

Apple Mac are particularly brilliant at their snazzy graphics but they are also awesome at organising your programs, files, documents etc and allowing you to customise everything so your Mac is exactly how you want and need it. So if you are someone who thrives in controlled chaos or love everything to be OCD neat than these are the computers for you!

In this Mac tutorial you are going to learn how to edit your Mac Windows side bar to make sure you have all your important folders conveniently at your finger tips…

When you open up a New Finder window your will noticed that the first blue column labeled ‘Favourites’ houses all of your most used folders and handy features – All Files, Air Drop, Applications, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music and Pictures.

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How to Customise Mac Window Sidebar

▪ You may wish to add another handy folder to your Finder sidebar. This is easy peasy!

To do it just drag the file you wish to upgrade to sidebar status over to the Favourites section. A horizontal line should appear to indicate a potential position. Once you are happy with its new location just let go of your click and drop the folder into place.

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▪ Alternatively you may feel there is some dead weight clogging up your windows sidebar.

To remove any folders you no longer need to have easy access to, complete the following… Highlight the folder by clicking on it, then simply drag it out of the Windows sidebar. Your folder should disappear in a dramatic puff of smoke. You can also delete a folder from your sidebar by right clicking on the icon you wish to remove and then choosing the option ‘Remove from Sidebar’.

Don’t worry you are only deleting and demoting the folder from your window sidebar. The original folder will remain intact and unharmed on your Mac.


▪ If you fancy performing some feng shui and rearranging your folders you can do this by selecting the icons with a click and dragging them to a new position and order.


▪ If you find your sidebar a bit bulky and ugly you even have the opportunity to hide it.
To do this just click on and grab hold of the vertical bar (the one separating the sidebar from the rest of the window) and pulling it all the way over to the left of the window. If you find you miss the sidebar and can’t live without it then simply click and drag the left side of your Finder window over to the right. This will reveal the sidebar again.

You can even go one step further with your customisation and modify your Finder window’s sidebar preferences.

1.) Click the Finder tab in your main toolbar
2.) From the drop down menu select Preferences to open up your Finder preferences.
3.) Next click on the sidebar icon at the top to get it to display its preferences.
4.) You will see a long list of all the possible folders you can have immediately displayed in your window sidebar. Put a tick in the checkboxes next to all the icons you wish to keep in your Favourites, Shared, and Devices lists.

How to Modify and Customise Mac Windows

There are lots of fun things we can do to make our Mac windows more officiant and even more aesthetically pleasing and entertaining. This is particularly great if you spend a lot of time working from your computer and you would like to make your boring documents more exciting and colourful! (who wouldn’t)

If you are keen to add your personal touch and customise your Mac windows then lets get started!

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How to Customise Mac windows

1.) First we need to click on the little Apple Mac icon perched proudly in the top left hand corner of your toolbar.

2.) From the drop down menu select ‘System Preferences‘.

3.) A pop up will do will appear housing doe rather attractive icons. You need to find the icon titled ‘General‘. It should be at the very top under the section titles ‘Personal.’

Now you are inside you can add your personal stamp all of these elements…..


How to Change the Colours of Mac Window

You can easily switch up the colours of your window elements from the nice but rather common default blue appearance to a cool snazzy Graphite.

To do this simply select the ‘Graphite‘ option from the drop down ‘Appearance’ tab at the top of the General window.


How to Change Mac Highlight Colour

You have a substantial array of different shades to choose for your highlight colour. You have Graphite, Silver, Blue, Gold, Red, Orange, Green, Purple and even Other (which is when you can be very specific and choose the exact shade you want with the mac colour picker.)

To customise your highlight colour just select the colour you fancy from the ‘Highlight Colour’ drop down tab.


How to Change Mac Sidebar Icon Size

You can even change the size of your windows sidebar icons. Particularly handy if you have misplaced your spectacles.

To do this chose either Small, Medium, Large from the ‘Sidebar icon size’ tab.


How to Edit Mac Scroll Bar

Whether you prefer your windows to look modern and minimal or to have all of its functions at your finger tips you can edit your scroll bar settings.

In the Show Scroll Bars section put a check mark next to one of these options

– Automatically Based on mouse or trackpad

– When scrolling

– Always


How to Edit Recent Items list

If you fancy it you can even alter how many items are displayed under your Recent Items list.

Using the drop down tab next to ‘Recent Items’ you can select a number from None all the way to 50.


Also in the General window you can also easily edit and customise Font Smoothing and Window closing. So go to town and get creative!

How to Resize your Mac Windows!

Our wishes have been fulfilled. Finally there is a snazzy snappy machine out there that can actually handle a large amount of information on screen, without hindering its performance. Wow! It comes in the form of an Apple Mac!

If you are anything like me you tend leave a work trial behind and end up littering your screen with endless amounts of windows. Of course you can banish them to sit quietly down in your icon doc with the minimize command, but what if you want to see several of windows at once? They are all far too big to fit on one screen.. or are they….?

Did you know that it is crazy simple to resize a Mac window to your perfect dimension. This allows you to pull and drag your windows to the perfect size. This function is great if you are browsing the web at the same time as writing in your text pad, or like mentioned above, you have several windows you wish to browse through or compare simultaneously.

How to Resize your Mac Windows!

How to Resize your Mac Windows

1.) Look to the bottom right of your Mac window and you will see the triangle corner.
2.) Using your cursor, click and drag the corner to resize your window. You can do this to make it as big or as small as you like.
3.) When you are done resizing, simply let go and release the corner. The window will now stay this size (even if you minimize it for later use), until you resize it again.
4.) If you wish to move the window around your screen, just click anywhere on the windows personal toolbar and drag and drop it to its desired resting ground.

Easy peasy!

How to Minimize Window on Mac!

Learning how to minimize a window on Mac is perfect if you no longer need a window open but don’t wish to quit it altogether.

Minimizing your Mac window is a great way to prevent your screen from getting too cluttered but without having to close down the application completely. It’s a bit like pausing a film. You don’t even have to save your work as the window stays live and is just safely placed in your Mac dock. Ready and raring for you to pull it back up when you need to resume.

How to Minimize a Window on Mac

Minimize Window on MacAs always there are a few methods to pick from. All of these next options will do the trick…

Method 1
On the top left side of any window you will clearly see three coloured circles. The one in the center is yellow (-). This is your minimizing button. Click once with your cursor to minimize that particular window.

Method 2
For a more lengthy method, click on the tab marked Window in your toolbar. A drop down menu will appear. Scroll through and select ‘Minimize’.

Method 3
If you like those nifty Mac keyboard short cuts then this next method is the one for you. Simultaneously tap the keys Command+M.  (Command is the key on the left hand side of the space bar with the apple logo on).

Method 4
Finally a very simple, effective option. Just double click on your windows title bar.

How to Bring Back a Minimized Mac Window

Well you already know that your minimized window is sitting quietly to the right of your Mac dock. To retrieve the window and make it large again simply click on the icon of it.

How to Close a Window on Mac – TUTORIAL

how to close window on macIf you have finished viewing or editing content on an open Mac window i bet you want to know how to get it out from under your nose and close it…

By closing all of the windows that you have finished browsing or working on, you will not only prevent the frustrating problem of always clicking on the wrong window in search for the correct one, but it can also help speed up your Mac. Did you know that having too many windows open can put your Mac processor under so much strain that it can actually hinder its performance causing it to run sluggish! So lesson learnt- shut down your windows once you are done with them! Here’s how…

How to Close a Window on Mac

Like most functions on an Apple Mac, there is more than one method to do something. In this case there is three.

Interesting point – If you have not already saved the information in your window (for example it is a text document) then a pop up dialog box will appear to prompt you to take action. It will display the options to Save, Cancel and keep the window open or Close to discard any changes and ditch the window and its content.

Method 1
This first method is certainly the easiest and least fiddly. Take note of the three coloured circles at the top left of your window. Green (+) is to enlarge a minimized window,Yellow (-) is to minimize and Red (x) is to close your window.

For this task you would want to click on the red circle to exit your Mac window.

Method 2
On your tool bar you will see the tab ‘File’. Scroll up and click on this. From the drop down menu select the ‘Close Window’ option.

Method 3
This fancy trick is a good one to use if you are in a hurry, your to lazy to use your mouse and cursor or would like to impress your mates. Using your keyboard press down on the key with the ‘Apple logo’ on (this should be situated on the right side of your space bar). Now at the same time reach up and tap the ‘W’ key.