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Move Windows, Apps, & Desktops Between Multiple Displays in OS X

Jan 8, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Multiple Display window management with Mission Control in Mac OS X

Mission Control is the excellent window management utility in OS X that lets you get a quick overview of everything you have open. While Mission Control has always been able to drag windows and apps between different virtual desktop Spaces, a new ability has been added to OS X Mavericks that allows Mac users with … Read More

Move Dashboard To Another Space Location in Mission Control for OS X

Nov 27, 2013 - 1 Comment
Move Dashboard within Spaces in OS X

Dashboard is the largely under loved and unappreciated feature of Mac OS X that gives you quick access to a variety of widgets, providing things like weather info, quick unit conversion, a dictionary, world clocks, and whatever else you have setup in there. The newer versions of OS X have turned Dashboard into a dedicated … Read More

Get Old Exposé Back on the Mac with OS X Mountain Lion

Jul 30, 2012 - 10 Comments
Expose-style Window Management in OS X Mountain Lion

With OS X Lion, Exposé merged with Spaces and became Mission Control, as a result the behavior of one of many peoples favorite window management features changed; you could no longer see all windows from all apps in a single screen. Instead, app windows were grouped by application and stacked atop one another. That incredibly … Read More

9 Tips to Get the Most Out of Mission Control in Mac OS X

Jun 21, 2012 - 18 Comments
Mission Control tips

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 … Read More

Move Windows Between Desktops in Mac OS X With a Click & Keyboard Shortcut

May 27, 2012 - 5 Comments
Enable fast Desktop Switching keyboard shortcuts

With Desktop switching keyboard shortcuts set, you can instantly move windows between different desktops without going through Mission Control at all. The only requirement is to configure the control keys for switching desktops, and you must have multiple desktops or else you won’t have anything to switch the windows between. Enable Desktop Space control keys … Read More

Rearrange Full Screen App Placement in Mac OS X by Dragging & Dropping

May 1, 2012 - 12 Comments
Rearrange placement of full screen apps in Mac OS X

Full Screen apps in Mac OS X are managed by Mission Control, this means that if switch beween or gesture swipe from one full screen app to a desktop or another app, it follows the order of desktops and apps shown at the top of Mission Control. This also means that you can rearrange the … Read More

Speed Up Mission Control Animations in Mac OS X

Feb 14, 2012 - 24 Comments
Speed Up Mission Control Animations

Boosting the speed of Mission Control animations can make Mac OS X feel a bit faster when switching between windows, spaces, and apps within the feature. It’s easy to do and reversible if you decide you don’t like it, launch the Terminal to get started. These defaults commands work in Lion, Mountain Lion, and beyond. … Read More

Swipe Up to Zoom in on App Windows Within Mission Control

Dec 20, 2011 - 6 Comments
Two finger upward swipe in Mission Control shows app windows

If you have a lot of app windows open in Mission Control, hover over a group of windows and use a two finger swipe upwards to expand and zoom on just those windows. This makes easier to differentiate windows and select one that may be obscured behind others in the default view. Using a defaults … Read More

Jump to the Most Recently Used Desktop Space with a Hidden Gesture in OS X

Dec 15, 2011 - 8 Comments
Spaces in OS X Lion

If you use the multi-desktop Spaces feature of Mission Control often, you’ll probably like a hidden gesture in Mac OS X that lets you immediately jump back to the most recently used Space with just a four-fingered tap on the trackpad (or Magic Mouse). Here’s how to enable the gesture with a defaults write command.

Quickly Sleep the Display in Mac OS X with a Hot Corner

Dec 5, 2011 - 8 Comments
Quick Sleep the Display of a Mac with Hot Corners

You can quickly sleep the display of a Mac or immediately start a screen saver by setting up Hot Corners, which are activated just by sliding your cursor into the specified corners of the screen. This is a great way to quickly hide what’s on the display, but also as a way to initiate a … Read More

Show a Full Size Window Preview in Mission Control for OS X

Dec 1, 2011 - 5 Comments
Full Size Window Preview in Mission Control

Mission Control in Mac OS X groups together thumbnail previews of windows from the same app. By hovering the mouse cursor over a cluster of these thumbnails and scrolling up on a multitouch trackpad or Magic Mouse (or scrolling up the mouse wheel with other mice), you can cause the cluster to expand, showing more … Read More

Show All Windows for an App in Mac OS X with Mission Controls Exposé

Nov 24, 2011 - 19 Comments
Show All App Windows with Expose in OS X Lion

Exposé was replaced with Mission Control in OS X Lion by name, but that doesn’t mean some of the most useful functions of Expose are gone, and in fact what you could see in Expose is still around in the newest versions of OS X, including Mountain Lion 10.8 and newer. One very popular feature … Read More

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