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…
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…
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!