Mac OS X Easter Egg - Genie in Slow Motion

In MacOS X, while in the finder, open any window & click the minimizie button (yellow) at the top of the window while holding command+shift.

This will minimize the window in slow motion using the new "genie effect" minimize function of Mac OS X.

The CEO of Apple has shown this egg publicly several times. However, this egg is undocumented & has no system menu equivalent to use this feature. Anyone who has NOT followed the development of Mac OSX & watched the demos at the MacWorld trade shows would not realize this somewhat useless feature exists in Mac OSX.

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Contributed By: Macintoshical on 08-13-2001
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Special Requirements: Any G3 Mac, MacOS X & a keyboard
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mojoking writes:
You don't have to hold down the command key, only the shift key. Also if you hold down the option key when you minimize it will minimize all the windows. Thanks!
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Sotl_Fan writes:
FAST: click middle button... SLOW: CONTROL-click middle button... SLOWER: SHIFT-click middle button... SLOWEST: SHIFT-CONTROL-click middle button -- The trick to make the "SLOWEST" work in the Dock is to SHIFT-click the minimized window and then immediately hitting the CONTROL key. Works for me.
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seapalm writes:
Holding down the shift key for slo-mo also works with the F9 (view all open windows), F10 (hide all except for active window), and F11 (view desktop) keys (I am using a powerbook G4 with OS 10.3.9).
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chris writes:
It has already been said that holding control, shift, control+shift allow you to minimize in slow, slower, slowest mode respectively. It has also been said that holding alt minimizes all windows of an application. So what happen if you hold alt+control, alt+shift, alt+control+shift? For the first two, exactly what you would expect: It minimizes all windows in slow and slower mode. BUT for alt+control+shift, after minimizing all windows in slowest mode, one pops out again immediately (though in a broken way). After that, every 6 seconds, another windows pops out, until they are all out. You can make them pop slow or slower by holding control or shift, but control+shift works as slow instead of slowest. During the animation and for 6 seconds after, you cannot use the windows. Note that holding all three keys at once works inconsistently, so you might have to try more than once. Also, if you F9 during the time the windows minimize, then hit F11 after they have minimized, they will repop smaller...
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Casimir writes:
Before you do the Genie effect open up Terminal in your utilities folder. Then type killall Dock and don't press return. Then do the Genie effect on a window other than the terminal. While it is minimizing click on the Terminal window and press return. This will cause the window to freeze in place.
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brian577 writes:
By Holding down Control instead it will move a bit quicker but still slower than if you didn't hold a button down. (note: this will not work with un-minimizing)
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porcupine writes:
That's pretty neat. And if you hold them down while clicking the minimized version in the dock it does a slow restore as well.
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chris writes:
Another egg, more like a bug: If you minimize a window (slow motion or otherwise), and hit F9 WHILE it is minimizing (to show all windows), then hit F11 after it is done (to show desktop), then maximize the window again, it will come back reduced. You can still use it, but it is stuck in reduced version until you hit F9 again...
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igeek writes:
Start slow-mo minimizing a window in genie. As soon as possible after clicking the yellow button, ctrl-click on the dock-resizing line and set the effect to scale. The window jumps, in mid minimize, from genie to scale. Also, try dragging a window's icon in the dock while it is minimizing/maximizing. also, turn dock scaling on.
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413x writes:
It also works for dashboard when you click the widget dock(+) while holding shift and closing a widget(x). - Plus iTunes hold shift while clicking on the album art(^) button.
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You writes:
Or you can hold both, and get a really slow Genie effect.
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One more thing, this should be very obvious but yet nobody has mentioned it. You can also do the same using the "scale-effect". Does the same thing, just showing the scale-effect in slow motion.
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