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Changing How a Window Minimizes with defaults
Tired of the Genie or Scale effect when your windows minimize to the Dock? Well, now you can make them Suck!

Contributed by:
Chuck Toporek
[04/24/03 | Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

When you minimize a window (Command-M in most Mac OS X apps), you're somewhat restricted by the Dock's preferences panel on how the windows slip out of sight. For that, you have either the Genie or Scale effect. Boring.

While attending a MUG meeting at Tufts Univ. last night, someone (Loren?) showed me a little trick to change the minimize effect by using the defaults command that would truly make my Aqua windows suck.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities; or if you're like me, it's already in your Dock).
  2. Enter the following command:
     
    defaults write com.apple.Dock mineffect suck
     
  3. Kill the Dock's process to restart it:
    • Issue the top command.
    • Find the Dock's process number.
    • Issue the following command:
       
      kill -9 dock_process_number
       
      The Dock will disappear and then reappear after it has restarted.
  4. Minimize a window to see the changed effect.

When you minimize a window, the sides of the window get pulled inward (slightly) as it heads off to the Dock.

See also: Chapter 4, The User Interface for other hacks.


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