Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t touched my Mac Mini since late last year. I was traveling for a few months, and then was without a monitor. Now that I’ve finally got a sweet widescreen 22” display, my Mini and I are getting to know each other again.
First of all, I’d like to say that I’m not that big of a fan of the way minimizing is done on Mac OS. When you first open an application, its icon appears in the dock (unless it was already in the dock). The icon gets a little black arrow beneath it to show that it’s a running application. When you minimize one of the application windows, it actually creates another little icon in the dock, this time a thumbnail of the window alongside the trash can. For the non-Mac folks, here’s what I’m talking about:
One complaint I have is that minimizing many windows makes the dock cluttered. For me, this ends up acting as a bit of an incentive not to minimize my windows. I don’t know why I care; I know it doesn’t really make sense. But that’s how I feel. So what happens is that I end up with a choice: either clutter my display with lots of open windows (potentially getting in the way sometimes), or clutter my dock. But, I realize that this behaviour is necessary because of the general MDI-ness of Mac OS, and maybe there no better way of handling the problem.
The other problem I have is that when I want to access a minimized window, I have to make a decision between clicking on the minimized icon and the main icon. Again, it’s a minor issue, but I do notice that I think about it, which, at the very least, interrupts my flow.
Anyhow…that’s not the point I wanted to make. I noticed some weird behaviour with a minimized Finder window. Here’s what I did:
- Minimized a Finder window
- Clicked on the main Finder icon; the window was revealed
- Minimized the window again
- Clicked on the main Finder icon again; a new Finder window is opened
Now, I thought I understood minimizing windows on OS X. But this one has me confused. Anyone have a good explanation for the behaviour I’m seeing?