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    When I am playing a game like age of empires 3, i sometimes need to return to the desktop to check something. On windows, you can push the window button or press alt-tab.

    I have tried command-tab, command-H, command-M. None of these seem to work.

    Is there anything out there that will work?

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    command+tab should work, as it works for me no matter what game I am in (halo is the only game i play.. very occasionally)

    if not try apple+w which will close the window.. or try F11
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    F11 maybe? It depends on how you have Exposé set up on your Mac. To see this, go to your System Preferences and click on the Dashboard & Exposé button in the Personal section at the very top.


    Edited to add:

    Oops! It seems PowerBookG4 has beat me to it with the F11 thingy...

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    nope, none of those work. I want to be able to return to the desktop but not shut down the game.

    thanks

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    One of the reasons why it may not work is that some games have those keyboard shortcuts disabled. So you can try all sorts of keyboard shortcuts, but it's possible that the only way to get back to your desktop is by shutting down the game.

    I may be wrong about this game in particular, but keep in mind that the possibility is there.

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    ahhh, I need to know! It'll be a disgrace if my brand spanking new macbook can't do this and my piece of sh*t PC can!

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    Try Command + Return, sometimes that will make it a window and then you can minimize.

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    nope that does not work either :-(

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    it sounds like age of empires has well and truly disabled any OS handling of keyboard events. At a push, you could try command-option-escape which is like ctrl-alt-del in Windows - it interrupts whatever is running and pops up the 'force quit' window that you can then close.

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