View Full Version : OK. SOmeone tell me how long I have missed this "shortcut" for:

02-23-2001, 12:02 AM
Click on an app's window. Then click anywhere else (another app, desktop) while holding down the Option key. The app you initially clicked on hides itself. When did this become a feature? I missed a memo?

Sometimes I catch things in the OS that are useful things that I never knew. It was a good thing when I stumbled upon the new AppleGuide help files. Some good reminders and shortcuts. Yay for OS 9.1!

02-23-2001, 12:05 AM
There are literally hundreds of those "shortcuts". Now and again, a Mac mag or book will try to list them all.

02-23-2001, 01:33 AM
That shortcut works in OS8.6. I'll have to try 8.0 later tonight. k

02-23-2001, 02:01 AM
I always like the fact that you can drag background windows (in the Finder and most applications, provided they draw windows using standard Mac OS toolbox calls) by holding down the Command key when dragging. The front most window stays active and doesn't move.
Very useful in graphics applications.

02-23-2001, 08:37 AM
Dogstarman: not that i have EVER tried it, but i hear that option click thing works well if by chance you might have a browser open and you by chance have some "porn" on screen and the wife happens into the room......*he-he*

02-23-2001, 09:04 AM
I try to leaf through the Mac mags as often as I can....and I can't really stomach the notion of spending 30-50 dollars (for eash new OS) on a "bible" that will have only a small amount of info I haven't already figured out or heard about. The background-window-dragging is something I use very regularly.

tm311 - Huh. Silly me, I was thinking of productivity implications of this tip. I hadn't even thought of the emergency uses. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

02-25-2001, 03:24 AM
Wow....that works great....if you surf through the posts here every day, you learn something new every day.



02-27-2001, 01:34 PM

"Click on an app's window. Then click anywhere else (another app, desktop) while holding down the Option key. The app you initially clicked on hides itself. When did this become a feature? I missed a memo?"

I tried the shortcut in OS8.0 and it works. I'll have to try 7.6.1 after my PTP returns to my inventory. k

03-11-2001, 03:39 AM
Well, I'm late to this party as usual, but I just thought that I'd mention that I programmed the "click" of the scroll wheel on my XLR8 mouse to be an option-click. I use it to hide-and-switch apps with the Application Switch in addition to regular option-clicking activities. When I get my four-button Explorer mouse I'll have click, option-click, control-click and command-click. Maybe I'll make the scroll-wheel's click a shift-click, or maybe I'll finally use that rapid-scroll feature.

03-11-2001, 08:07 AM
i must not have that "option: on my xlr8 mouse....i can only program right and left clicks...the wheel on mine is not programable.

03-11-2001, 01:36 PM
On mine either button can be set to Click, Double Click, Drag, Contextual Menu, or Command Click.

03-31-2001, 05:18 PM
>>The app you initially clicked on hides itself. When did this become a feature? I missed a memo?

Hey Dogstarman, maybe you -did- miss a memo, just this once, by a litte. http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That feature is at least as old as System 7.0. It was listed the 7.0 Shortcuts window, and I have a feeling it goes back to 5.0 or 6.0 as an undocumented trick. Maybe it goes all the way back to when Switcher became Multifinder? I can't remember.

But I've been using it so long, also can't remember *not *doing it. It's a total reflex - take that away and I couldn't get anything done....

Anway, guess this dates me, but maybe it will save someone the trouble of checking back through 8.x/7.x looking for the first instance....

03-31-2001, 05:34 PM
Can't get it to work with my SE FDHD running 6.0.8, but I might have a flaky something-or-other in there preventing it. I doubt it. I guess I did miss that memo. Or I plum forgot it.

04-02-2001, 02:26 AM
Yeah, I wonder how many other cool things there are I don't know about?

I just discovered that when using IE 5.0, depressing the command key turns the arrow pointer into a grabby hand, letting you grab and drag the documetn page up or down with out having to go over to the scroll frame.

I don't know if this is an OS or IE convention..............


[This message has been edited by crazyeights (edited 02 April 2001).]

04-02-2001, 03:11 AM
The grabby hand is an OS thing. works as far back as 8.1, and probably 8.0, at least.

04-03-2001, 09:39 PM
Wow, I missed the memo for Cmd-drag to scroll. That's great.

Is it really an OS thing, tho? It doesn't work in every app, though in a quick trial, FInder, IE, and Acrobat do support it.

04-03-2001, 09:48 PM
I believe it's a global command that an app can override with its own standards. Lots of apps don't use it. But most of the page-based ones do.

05-17-2001, 12:19 AM
Scrollability (shareware) offers the scrolling hand in apps that dont support it. I am not the author, BTW.
Also try Sloop (now freeware) if you like cursor-focusing (activating background windows w/out clicking on them)