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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

How to Restart Mission Control in Mac OS X

Nov 23, 2011 - 8 Comments
Restart Mission Control in OS X

If you make any customizations to Mission Control, or if you encounter obvious problems with how Desktops and apps are handled and assigned, you can restart Mission Control without having to reboot the entire Mac.

Stop Spaces from Rearranging Themselves in Mac OS X

Nov 12, 2011 - 11 Comments
Stop Spaces from Rearranging Themselves in OS X

New versions of OS X have an interesting and sometimes unusual change to Mission Control’s behavior, where desktops/spaces will automatically rearrange themselves based on how recently they’ve been used or accessed. If you’ve set your spaces (virtual desktops) to be in a specific order, this is fairly annoying, but it’s also easy to stop those … Read More

Quickly Create a New Desktop for an App from Mission Control in OS X

Nov 8, 2011 - 1 Comment
Create a new Desktop from an App via Mission Control

Using Mission Control, you can quickly create a new Desktop Space just by grabbing an app, dragging the window into the corner, and letting it go on the “+” plus icon. After dragging windows around, you’ll continue to stay in Mission Control, which lets you quickly rearrange and organize your desktops You can also grab … Read More

Move Desktop Spaces in Mission Control for OS X with a Drag & Drop

Nov 1, 2011 - 6 Comments
Rearrange spaces in Mission Control

Users who rely on Spaces to manage multiple virtual desktops in Mac OS X will be happy to know that these desktops (Spaces, as Apple calls them in OS X) are completely adjustable. This means you can rearrange or move your desktop spaces as necessary, and as your needs change, and it’s incredibly simple to … Read More

Quickly Close Desktop Spaces in Mac OS X Lion’s Mission Control

Oct 27, 2011 - 11 Comments
Close Desktop Spaces in Mission Control

You can quickly close desktop spaces in Mac OS X Lion’s Mission Control by holding down the Option key, this causes the familiar iOS style (X) close symbol to appear over the spaces which can then be rapidly closed. Alternately, you can mouse over spaces and the close button will appear on hover after a … Read More

Use Different Desktop Background Pictures for Spaces in Mac OS X

Oct 26, 2011 - 5 Comments
Set Different Wallpapers for Desktop Spaces in OS X Lion

The Mission Control “Spaces” feature in OS X is essentially a virtual desktop environment. A nice way to differentiate each individual desktop Space is to go about assigning different wallpapers to different desktop spaces. Setting unique wallpaper backgrounds per desktop is easy in Mac OS X now, here’s the quickest way to do this:

Show Recent Items Per App with a Two-Fingered Double Tap in OS X

Oct 25, 2011 - 8 Comments
Show Recent Items per application in OS X Lion

You can quickly see any apps active windows and or recent items in Mac OS X from Yosemite through Lion by using a two-fingered double-tap on that applications icon in the Dock.

Enable Motion Blur in Mission Control for Mac OS X Lion

Oct 17, 2011 - 27 Comments
Motion Blur in Mission Control on Mac OS X Lion

Mission Control in Mac OS X Lion has a hidden motion blur effect that can be enabled quite easily: Enter Mission Control Press Command+M to enable motion blur You can then see the blur effect by moving about with the standard Mission Control actions, from entering and exiting into Mission Control, clearing the desktop windows, … Read More

Drag Files & Folders Between Desktops & Full Screen Apps in Mac OS X 10.7.2

Oct 13, 2011 - 5 Comments
Drag files and folders between Desktops in Mac OS X Lion

One of the subtle changes in the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update is the ability to drag files and folders between Desktops and Full Screen apps in Mission Control. All you need to do is grab a file or folder and start pulling the item off the screen in the direction of the Desktop or … Read More

Switch Between Desktop Spaces Faster in Mac OS X with Control Keys

Sep 6, 2011 - 23 Comments
Switch between Desktops faster in Mac OS X Lion

Switching between active Desktops/Spaces in OS X with the three fingered sideways swipe is very quick, but an even faster method is by using the Control keys. The first option is to use the Control + Arrow keys, which is enabled by default. As you might expect, Control + Left Arrow switches to the desktop … Read More

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