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How to enable single window mode for macOS applications

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The hidden features of MacOS sometimes surprise even the most experienced users of this operating system: Armed with a command line and smart enough to fine-tune Apple's desktop operating system and improve productivity. For example, you can increase your efficiency in MacOS using the single window mode. What it is and what it is for today is what we are going to tell you.

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It is possible to open it for someone, but macOS has a special mode that allows you to use only one window at a time. All other programs will be hidden when changing programs. And most importantly, you don't even have to download third-party solutions for this option to work.

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How is the focus mode activated in macOS?

  • Start the "Terminal" application using Spotlight or any other convenient way.
  • In the command line window we have to enter the following command:

default write com.apple.dock single-app -bool true; killall dock

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  • We confirm our intentions with the Enter key.

Everything is ready. The docking panel will restart, which means that the new mode has already entered into force. The changes will be visible immediately. First, the change between applications is now much faster: the delay and animation have disappeared. Secondly, now you can only interact with an active application.

How do I disable this mode?

  • Start the "Terminal" application using Spotlight or any other convenient way.
  • In the command line window, enter the following command:

default write com.apple.dock single-app -bool false; killall dock

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  • The Dock-panel will restart and we can use it again in MacOS in the usual way.

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