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Restart Mission Control in OS X Lion

Nov 23, 2011 - 5 Comments

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. This is done by killing the Dock, where Mission Control is a child process of, and this is also why … Read More

Stop Spaces from Rearranging Themselves in Mac OS X

Nov 12, 2011 - 8 Comments

The Mac OS X 10.7.2 update brought with it an 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 to be in a specific order, this is fairly annoying, but it’s also easy to stop. Launch “System Preferences” … Read More

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

Nov 8, 2011 - 1 Comment

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

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

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 Lion

Oct 26, 2011 - 5 Comments

Assigning different wallpapers to different desktop spaces is much easier in Mac OS X Lion, here’s the quickest way to do this: Enter each space individually Right-click on the desired background image and choose “Set Desktop Picture” Repeat for the next desktop space Using this method and Mission Control to switch spaces is the fastest … Read More

Enable Motion Blur in Mission Control for Mac OS X Lion

Oct 17, 2011 - 27 Comments

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

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 - 19 Comments

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

Set Dashboard to Transparently Hover Over the Desktop in Mac OS X

Aug 16, 2011 - 13 Comments

Don’t like Dashboard much in Mac OS X? It’s a great feature but it’s often underutilized, and if changing Dashboards background wallpaper wasn’t sufficient enough for you to start using it again, you can always return Dashboard behavior to the standard transparent hovering state that existed prior to OS X 10.7 (and 10.8 or 10.9 … Read More

Change the Mission Control Background Wallpaper Image in Mac OS X Lion

Aug 12, 2011 - 25 Comments

It’s time to customize the appearance of Mac OS X 10.7 again. We recently showed you how to change Dashboards wallpaper image from that Lego-like pattern to anything else, and then we showed you how to change Launchpads folder background pattern to your choice. Next up is Mission Control’s background image, say goodbye to Linen … Read More

Assign Apps to Desktops in Mission Control

Aug 11, 2011 - 10 Comments

If you use multiple Desktops (aka Spaces aka Virtual Desktops) in OS X Lion’s Mission Control, you can set apps to specific Desktops, all Desktops, or no specific Desktop at all. Right-click on the apps icon in the Dock Navigate to Options, and then from the “Assign To” sub-menu select one of the three choices: … Read More

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