How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac

Jun 28, 2021 - 1 Comment

How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac

Do you take advantage of the Hot Corners feature on Mac that lets you quickly perform certain tasks like screen lock, activate screen saver, display sleep, mission control, launchpad, etc? If so, you might have accidentally activated Hot Corners from time to time, which is a bit annoying, but fortunately this can be easily resolved if you find this happening often.

If you aren’t aware, Hot Corners is an interesting feature that allows you to assign various tasks to the four corners of your screen. Let’s say, you can quickly access Launchpad by flicking your mouse cursor to the top-left corner of the screen as an example. Although this could be faster than using keyboard shortcuts, some people trigger these Hot Corners unintentionally. To fix this, you’ll need to assign a modifier key while configuring Hot Corners on your Mac. In this article, we’ll show you a neat trick that can stop you from triggering Hot Corners accidentally on your Mac, and no you do not have to disable Hot Corners.

How to Assign Modifier Key to Hot Corners on Mac

Assigning a modifier key to perform a Hot Corner action is a pretty simple and straightforward procedure, and doing so will help prevent accidentally enabling Hot Corners too. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. Head over to “System Preferences” on your Mac from the Dock or  Apple menu.

    How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac
  2. When the System Preferences window opens up, click on “Mission Control” located in the first row.

    How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac
  3. In the Mission Control settings menu, click on “Hot Corners” located at the bottom-left corner of the window.

    How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac
  4. Next, select any of the four active corners of your screen.

    How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac
  5. To assign a modifier key, press and hold the key (Shift, Command, Control, or Option) and select the action. Once you’ve finished configuring, click on “OK” to exit the menu.

    How to Stop Triggering Hot Corners Accidentally on Mac

That’s pretty much all there is to it. You’ve successfully assigned a modifier key to avoid accidental triggers.

From now on, when you want to trigger a Hot Corner, you’ll need to press the modifier key while moving the cursor to the respective corner. Thanks to this trick, you don’t have to worry about putting your device to sleep or entering the lock screen unintentionally.

This sort of beats the idea that using Hot Corners is faster than using keyboard shortcuts, as you’ll have to press the modifier key simultaneously. That being said, If you want to remove an action from a specific Hot Center, you can assign “-” using the above steps.

Haven’t configured Hot Corners on your Mac yet? If that’s the case, you might be interested in learning how to properly set up and use Hot Corners on your macOS machine. The best way to set up all four of your Hot Corners would heavily depend on how you use your Mac. By assigning Hot Corners for actions that you frequently use, you can save a whole lot of clicking over time.

We hope you were able to take advantage of this trick to stop triggering Hot Corners accidentally. What tasks did you assign for all four of the corners? What are your overall thoughts on Hot Corners? Do share your valuable opinions and experience in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Duncan Down Under says:

    Very useful. I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip.

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