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Hiding the app window of a program - i.e. minimizing the programs - is useful when you don't need them at the moment but don't want to close the app either. So if you have many preview windows, Word documents, browser windows or the like open and want to put them all away at once, a suitable shortcut can be useful. You can find the keyboard shortcut to hide the window and related shortcuts in this little guide. Leave your favorite keyboard shortcuts for the Mac as a comment;)
If you want to hide (or minimize) all windows of a Mac app quickly and easily, simply press cmd + H. Instead of cmd, the key can also be called command - or you can simply look for the loop square ⌘. With ⌘ + H all windows of the active app are hidden; you can see which it is in the menu bar next to the . If it says "Word", you are minimizing all Word windows; with "Safari" all windows of the browser, and so on. You can then pull them out again individually via the macOS dock. Alternative: click "Hide (program name)" in the menu of the program name in the menu bar.
If you want to take a screenshot of a program window or the whole screen, but only display one of the many open programs, there's a shortcut for that too. To hide all other programs except the active one (see menu bar), simply press cmd+alt+H or command+option+H or ⌘+⌥+H. For example, you can use Word, Pages, Safari, Preview and Co. when you take a screenshot of another app or system window or if you just want to work without being distracted. Alternative: click on the menu bar in the menu of the program name "Hide others".
An alternative to memorizing and using keyboard shortcuts are little helpers like One switch. The Mac app One Switch brings some system settings, such as the hiding of windows, as virtual switches in the menu bar of macOS. I have information for you about the little Mac helper, download, test version and paid full version in this post collected.
The above keyboard shortcuts only hide the windows of an active app. The program is then still active and the windows in the background are still open. If you want to end a program with all of its windows, the shortcut cmd + Q will help you. If you only want to close one of the several app windows of a software or a tab in the web browser, in Photoshop or Affinity Photo, etc., then use cmd + W.
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