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OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Minimize Windows
by Soulbender on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 18:45 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Seriously, in this day and age what is minimize windows good for? With all the neat features we have to today for displaying all Windows in an easy overview (KWin's Present, Compiz has something similar and probably also Windows 7 and OSX) what purpose does minimize serve? None.

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RE: Minimize Windows
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 19:06 in reply to "Minimize Windows"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Minimize window is still good when you have your screen set up with the windows in the configuration you want, but want to remove a window from your current view, with out closing it. Its a "get out of my way, but don't close" option. Its useful.

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RE[2]: Minimize Windows
by Soulbender on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:28 in reply to "RE: Minimize Windows"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

but want to remove a window from your current view, with out closing it


Just switch to another window, that neatly gets the window out of your way. Or maybe there could just be a feature like "Send to back" that sends the window to the back of the window stack.
I dunno, maybe it's just me but it's been years since I found minimize to be actually useful. In fact, I find it annoying and it's one of the first things I try to disable.

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RE: Minimize Windows - minimize helps
by jabbotts on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 20:25 in reply to "Minimize Windows"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

As the other poster mentioned "get out of my way, but don't close".

With Enlightenment, I was all about window-shades; the app window sliding up into the task bar leaving just the narrow title bar visible. I could have three shell windows open but not taking more than three title tiles of desktop space.

KDE has both window-shade and minimized states. It even gives me a nice un-tile automatically when I hover over the title. Having tried both, minimizing a program I want on that desktop but not currently in view has won out over shrinking it up into a title bar slat.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Ah shading, something I never understood what it was useful for.
I just don't see why you'd want to minimize stuff, especially to the desktop. The only time I see my desktop is when I log in, after than it's almost always covered by, usually maximized, windows. This is also why I totally fail to see the point of desktop widgets. Or fancy wallpapers for that matter.

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RE: Minimize Windows
by MamiyaOtaru on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 14:09 in reply to "Minimize Windows"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

people minimize windows to.. show the desktop? A lot of people use the desktop as a storage area for files (ugh), a temporary inbox for files, or a shortcut icon container. They don't even have to think about it in those terms; it's just the place where things go.

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RE[2]: Minimize Windows
by WereCatf on Sat 23rd Jan 2010 17:09 in reply to "RE: Minimize Windows"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

people minimize windows to.. show the desktop? A lot of people use the desktop as a storage area for files (ugh), a temporary inbox for files, or a shortcut icon container. They don't even have to think about it in those terms; it's just the place where things go.

I personally often temporarily store the files I download on my desktop for quick access, especially if I have to use the files in multiple applications then it's just easier to drag and drop the files than use the open file dialog.

Also, I like to place my most-needed application shortcuts there for quick access, and use taskbar for exactly that; tasks. I'd hate to have all my apps minimized to the desktop as icons and not have a task bar though. Task bar is more readily accessible, and takes less space compared to the "minimize to desktop" the more applications you're running.

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