Five fun eye candy effects built into Mac OS X

Feb 20, 2007 - 13 Comments

Apple spends a lot of time fine tuning our favorite products, resulting in stellar looking hardware and software, particularly visible in Mac OS X. It’s not hard to impress your friends and colleagues with the appearance, fluidity, and many great features we all enjoy. But if you’re in the mood to brag and be flashy, here is a list of five fun tips to show off some of the eye candy that’s built right into OS X. These tips have been tested on Mac OS X 10.4+ and most won’t work on older versions that lack Core Image support.

Effect Keystroke
Expose in Slow Motion Shift-Click F10 or F11
Zoom In & Out around Cursor Control-Scrollwheel (doublefinger trackpad on laptops)
Invert Screen Control-Option-Command-8
Genie Minimize in Slow Motion Shift-Click Minimize
Dashboard in Slow Motion Shift-Click F12

As you probably noticed, shift clicking slows down many of the Core Image and OpenGL functions in Mac OS X. If you know of anymore OS X eye candy and effects, please share!

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  1. parry says:

    The shift tip works when you activate Front Row too, but it’s not particularly useful or exciting.

    Hit command and escape while holding down shift, you’ll see it just slows it down quite a bit, almost painfully so.

  2. deck2 says:

    ha ha, thats prety cool tricks!!! i like them,

  3. MurphyM says:

    The shift key works with the RSS button in the Safari address bar too.

  4. RomanO says:

    the most impressive effect i recognized was the box effect on user change or after install a virtual desktop tool like http://virtuedesktops.info/

  5. lar3ry says:

    If you press Shift when un-minimizing an app from the dock, the reverse-genie effect will happen in slow motion as well.

  6. James Bamkin says:

    I want OS X Inverted all the time!!!

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  8. Jean-Pierre Nelson says:

    The slow motion effect works with F9 as well.
    Not useful, but so cool !

  9. UbiquitousGeek says:

    This also works with Core Animation in Leopard. Holding down the Shift key while clicking on a Stack will bring up the Stack in slow motion. Also, it works when putting the Stack away. It’s probably the most impressive effect I’ve seen. It doesn’t seem to work with Quick Look.

  10. fmortens says:

    I never found those effects to be cool at all – the hidden option to enable Compiz-/Beryl-like effects… now that would be something :o/

  11. nueit says:

    Cmd Tab to go right ward,
    Cmd Tilde (~) to go left ward on dock. ;)

  12. yo says:

    damn it too gud

  13. dubas says:

    Try Control+Shift and click. It slow down it twice – so it is slower than just Shift and click
    Sorry for my bad English

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