Jump to content
crl

Dock icon always restores main window even when minimized

Recommended Posts

Working with a specific note in its own window and Evernote main window minimized to dock.  When clicking on the dock icon to bring the note back to the front, Evernote main window is also restored, obscuring the note being used.  It then has to be re-minimized.  This is inconsistent with behavior of other applications on Mac when multiple windows are open.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post

I don't observe this behaviour when minimizing (using cmd-m or the yellow button). I do observe this when closing the evernote window with cmd-w or the red X. Can you clarify whether you are closing (cmd-w/red) or minimizing (cmd-m/yellow) the window?

 

It isn't entirely inconsistent with other applications. There is some variance in how applications behave when windows are closed.

 

For example, when you close your browser window (cmd-w), then open the browser window again, you aren't returned to the exact location you were at before pressing cmd-w (unless you have "restore previous session" or an equivalent setting set up). Likewise with a Finder window. Cmd-w a finder window, and open finder again, you are taken to some default window state, not the previous state of the finder window you just closed. There are others. 

 

HOWEVER, Calendar and Mail, among others, when closed with cmd-w, will always return you to your previous state... 

 

But I'm being nit-picky about details (sorry, it's my nature....). Ultimately the request to have Evernote return you to your previous view when opening a new window seems very reasonable. 

But the current state, frustrating though it may be), is not necessarily inconsistent with other applications, and not about minimizing. 

Share this post


Link to post

Thanks for looking at this and asking for clarification!

 

I can confirm that this happens on my system with minimize/yellow/cmd-m.  The note-specific window appears instantly and a moment later (maybe 1/4 of a second) the main window is also restored, on top.  I also tried closing/red/cmd-w and it also brings back the main window (as you also noted.)

 

I can get the desired behavior (restore the note that I was working on, leaving the main window minimized) by right-clicking the Evernote dock icon and choosing the note specifically.  But this is extra clicks.

 

Good point about different apps working differently. My desire would be to bring back the window I was working on.

 

Other details: this is Evernote 5.6.0 (and also whatever I was running before I updated) on OSX 10.9.5.

Share this post


Link to post

Ah, I see your issue. You have a note open in its own window, and it is being covered by the main window when resorting from a minimized state because the main window arrives later. 

 

That does sound like a pain... Not sure of a solution!

Share this post


Link to post

Not exactly a fix but maybe a temp solution, right click (control click) the EN Dock icon and choose just the window you want.  I know it's more steps then you would optimally want but I couldn't find any other way.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

Yes, that works with a few extra clicks (and breaking of muscle-memory!) Hopefully development team reads these threads? Maybe this isn't the way they intend for it to work. Cmd-Tab works the way I would hope as well.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post

I would love for this issue to be fixed correctly per the author's original note. The workarounds are not sufficient, IMHO.  Specifically, the workarounds of 1) right clicking the dock icon and selecting the specific note window or 2) command-tab. 

I would prefer a preference such that allows consistent behavior of evernote with other apps.  Specifically, clicking the dock icon will just bring focus to the application, not 'maximize' the main app window that may be hidden

Thanks!

Phil

Share this post


Link to post

This is still a very annoying unresolved issue and privacy concern. When attending a meeting, I cannot rely on Evernote for taking notes because of this. There is virtually no way to ensure that the main window with all of my private notes doesn't pop up in front of everyone when switching to the note I'm taking for the meeting (unless I focus on the workaround mentioned above instead of the meeting...).

Share this post


Link to post

This is also a very annoying problem for me. It's constantly exposing my main window when I want to type into the note I already have open.

1. I'm working on upwork which takes screenshots often and I don't want my clients to see notes from other clients

2. It's inconvenient! Why would I want to start a new note or see the index when I already have a note open? No other app works this way.

Share this post


Link to post

This also breaks my workflow. I use keystrokes to toggle my Mac apps in and out of view using the Alfred app's quick launcher ability. With Evernote, everytime I toggle it back on it brings the minimized or closed main window back on top of the note I was working on. If it wasn't for a useable solution I discovered, this issue would have caused me to abandoned Evernote.

The solution for me was to NOT minimize or close of the main window. Instead I cover the main window with the note I'm working on. Since I'm toggling the app, it hides both windows when I toggle it off, and shows both windows when I toggle it on. This way I only see the note I'm working on since it's covering the main window. It's not a good solution and won't work for a normal dock clicking workflow, but it works for my workflow with keystroke toggling so I thought I'd add it here for anyone searching for this solution like I was.

Share this post


Link to post

Yeah, this is super annoying. I wish they'd change it, because it's inconsistent with everything else on the Mac. ?‍♂️

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...