If you do quite a bit of online research while working on your Mac, chances are you have a ton of windows and apps open. Finding the main application that you are working on in that mess can be annoying. Use this keyboard shortcut to hide all open windows except the active one on Mac.
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Sometimes, with so many open applications and windows on your Mac, you may have difficulty in focusing your attention on the active application you are using. But closing all open windows is not an option. In such a case, you can use this incredibly useful shortcut to quickly dismiss unused background apps. This will hide inactive windows, so you can easily get back to any of them again if need be.
How to Hide All Open Windows Except the Active One
The keyboard shortcut to hide all open windows and apps on the Mac is:
Command + Option + H
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Just hit that keystroke combination and instantly all open windows and apps will go into Hide mode. Only the currently used application window will stay open.
If you want to hide all open windows and applications, including the active window, you can use the keyboard shortcut:
Command + H.
If you use these shortcuts to hide windows and apps, you can open them again by clicking on the relevant icon in the Dock.
One more keyboard shortcut that you can keep in mind is:
Command + Option + H + M
This will hide and minimize all open apps and windows on the Mac, whether they are active or in the background.
If you have trouble remembering keyboard shortcuts, then you can use the menu option to hide all open windows. To do this:
How to Hide All Open Windows and Apps
1. On the active application window, tap the application name menu.
2. From the dropdown list, select Hide Others.
This will have the same effect as that of the keyboard shortcut.
The next time you are struggling with too many open windows and a cluttered desktop, just enable this keystroke combo and you’ll be able to focus again on the work that matters.
If you found this tip useful, be sure to check out our Mac Tips collection for more handy guides.