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 this excellent Mac feature on a regular basis then you should reconsider, learn a few new tricks, and give it another try, so with that in mind here are nine tips to help master Mission Control.
Remember, to access the broader Mission Control view you use a four-finger swipe up on the trackpad, or a two finger double-tap on the Magic Mouse.
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 Mac 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 great tips and tricks for the feature. And of course, if you have any of your own tips for Mission Control in Mac OS X, do let us know in the comments!