Mac OS X: Need more consistency across applications in the Window menu

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
January 20th, 2004 • 4:27 am

In Mac OS X’s Finder, when you have several windows open and one of them is minimized (i.e. reduced to a small icon on the right-hand side of the Dock), then if you look at the “Window” menu you’ll see that the title of the minimized window has a black diamond in front of it:

Black diamond in Window menu

This can be useful in situations where you want to avoid maximizing windows that are currently minimized in the Dock. This gives you a way to distinguish between minimized and non-minimized windows in the “Window” menu.

Unfortunately, Apple has not extended the same principle to the “Window” menu in other applications, such as Safari and Mail. In those applications, the “Window” menu does not distinguish between minimized windows and non-minimized windows.

This is unfortunate. The distinction is obviously useful, since Apple has introduced it in the Finder. Why not in other applications?

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