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:
- Open the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities; or if you're like me, it's already in your Dock).
- Enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.Dock mineffect suck
- 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.
- 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.
Chapter 4, The User Interface for other hacks.