9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Mission Control in Mac OS X
Mission Control is a powerful window and app manager built directly into Mac OS X, it combines elements of Virtual Desktops (Spaces), an application switcher, and a window manager, into one easy to use centralized location. If you aren’t using it on a regular basis you should, so here are nine tips to help master Mission Control.
- Show All Windows Belonging to a Single App – Hover over the app icon in the Dock and then swipe down to reveal all windows for that app only
- Rearrange Desktops & Full Screen Apps – You can quickly rearrange the placement of multiple desktops and even full screen apps by entering into Mission Control and then dragging each app or desktop to a new location within the Spaces shelf
- Assign Apps to Desktop Spaces – Once you have at least two Spaces available, go to the Space you want to assign an app to, then right-click on any Application from the Dock and choose “Options” followed by “Assign to Desktop”. Now anytime you select that app you will be transferred to the assigned desktop.
- Shuffle Windows Between Desktops – Click and hold any window and then hit Control+2 to move the window to the second desktop. Use Control+Number to switch the window to any other active Space.
- Close Desktops & Spaces – From Mission Control, hold the Option key to be able to close Spaces. Closing a Space that contains active windows will merge those windows with the nearest Space.
- Speed Up Mission Control Animations – Speeding up the animation time of Mission Control can make OS X feel faster, launch the Terminal and enter the following command:
defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.15;killall Dock
- Stop Spaces Automatically Rearranging Based on Use – Annoyed with how Spaces rearranges itself based on your app and desktop use? Toggle this setting off within System Preferences > Mission Control.
- Immediately Activate the Screen Saver – By using Hot Corners you can instantly activate a screen saver. Enable the corner that works for you within System Preferences > Mission Control
- Change the Mission Control Wallpaper – Tired of linen? Change the background wallpaper to anything else just by replacing an image file, here’s how to do that.
You can review our Mission Control posts for more.