Get The Help Window Into The Background 7


Get The Help Window Into The Background


This is only a quick trick since my head hurts. Anyway if you open up the help window from Help > [App Name] Help you can move it around but it will be in front of the application window. This can be very annoying. Simply because you can’t really use both the help viewer and the application at the same time. There is a solution and as usual it is found in a Terminal command.

Open up Terminal and type the following into the command line. You can copy and paste if you fell especially lazy.

defaults write NormalWindow -bool true

Hit return and re-open any help window you have open. When you click on the main window the help window will move into the background. Very useful. You can quickly hide the window without it getting in the way.

If you want to reverse the effect instead of true in the line above change it to false. This will then change the effect back to normal. A simple little Terminal trick that can improve your usability on your Mac.

If you want to take your skills with Terminal a bit further I recommend you check out the Terminal Category on this site. If you fancy reading a book there is a couple on Amazon that I regularly see mentioned and recommend, O’reilly Unix Geeks and Unix Under the Hood both are designed for Mac OS X and take Terminal further.

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7 Responses to “Get The Help Window Into The Background”

  1. 1

    Thanks i’ve really been wanting to get rid of that!!!
    Very helpful.
    Thank You

    Comment By GG on October 10th, at 5:01 pm

  2. 2

    you can do it using the free Tinker Tool

    Comment By chris cairns on October 11th, at 4:32 am

  3. 3

    Hey Im not sure if it to do with this but ever-since i did this when i try to edit an event in iCal it goes behind the program and i cant get it back

    as i said i am not sure that it is this

    Comment By GG on October 11th, at 3:49 pm

  4. 4

    Ok sorry it wasnt that it was another command i used. sorry for the confusion!

    Comment By GG on October 11th, at 3:51 pm

  5. 5

    What command did you use?

    Comment By admin on October 11th, at 4:44 pm

  6. 6

    The one about adding a debut menu to mail.

    Comment By GG on October 12th, at 5:12 pm

  7. 7

    Sorry Debug menu

    Comment By GG on October 12th, at 5:16 pm