Hold the Option Key While Switching Between Apps on Mac to Open a Minimized App

If you use the convenient Command + Tab keyboard shortcut to switch between applications on Mac, you may have noticed that when you select a minimized application, it only displays the menu bar, not a window. It turns out that holding down the Option key is all you have to do to open the window.

If you’ve minimized an app and want to switch to it using the Command + Tab window, just press Command + Tab, use the arrow keys to select the app you want, then hold the Option key to load it. This is, to put it mildly, an awkward shortcut, but if you minimize applications and try to switch between them, this will solve this problem. Another solution is to hide apps instead of minimizing them, in which case you can skip the Option key.

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