Make the Most Out of Mission Control

Mission Control is the result of several different screen management platforms that Apple has created. First came along Expose, which allowed you to see all your open windows at once.  Squares took that one step farther by allowing you place open windows in “different” visible screens of your desktop and switch through them, although you couldn’t see everything at once.

Mission Control is the perfect blend of each of these. It allows you both the ease of switching between different desktops and the convenience of seeing them all open on the same screen. Once you learn how to use it, your desktop will never be over-crowded again! Say goodbye to the minimize button.

What can it do for you?

-Creates up to 16 different desktop ‘spaces’ to organize your workspace

-Encourages higher productivity

-Keeps desktop organized and clean

Who can benefit from it?

Everyone can benefit from it; specifically anyone that hates a cluttered desktop or runs a lot of applications at a time.

How to use it?

There are a few different ways to access Mission Control. The first way is to add it to your dock by finding it in Launchpad or applications, right click > Options > Keep in Dock.

Mission Control in your dock

If you haven’t changed your preferences you should also be able to access it from your keyboard by pressing the F3 key found in the top row of your keyboard.

F3 key

You can drag any open windows from your desktop space to any other spaces at the top.  You can also double up on open windows and applications in to one desktop space.

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You can also drag them to the right side and a new space will appear automatically. Add up to 16 spaces and when you click on your now clean desktop, you can swipe back and forth between spaces using 4 fingers on your track pad.

Apple has a lot of built in applications like this that if used right, can be a huge asset to your workspace and time. Watch the video tutorial here and for more computer tips and tutorials visit our YouTube channel every Thursday for a new video!