Mas­ter Mis­sion Con­trol

El Cap­i­tan has some nice im­prove­ments to OS X’s clever task switcher

Mac Format - - IMPROVE - Gra­ham Bar­low

Re­gain con­trol of your desk­top with Ap­ple’s much-im­proved workspace man­ager

SKILL LEVEL

Any­one can do it

IT WILL TAKE

15 min­utes

YOU’ll NEED

OS X 10.11 (some fea­tures work in older ver­sions) Mis­sion Con­trol has been a fea­ture of the Mac’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem since 2011, when it ap­peared in OS X 10.7 Lion, but its roots go back to Ex­posé, which de­buted way back in 2003 with OS X 10.3. It is en­vis­aged as the con­trol cen­tre from which you or­gan­ise what’s run­ning on your Mac. In re­al­ity, you could hap­pily use your Mac for years with­out ever us­ing it, but it’s very handy when you need to find that one cru­cial win­dow you’ve lost be­hind a dozen oth­ers, or to get a han­dle on ex­actly what’s run­ning.

In El Cap­i­tan, the top row of Mis­sion Con­trol, which shows your vir­tual desk­tops is re­duced in size un­til you move the pointer over it. This gives ex­tra room to win­dows on the cur­rent desk­top, which fill most of the the dis­play, making them a lit­tle bit eas­ier to iden­tify.

We’re go­ing to show you how to use Mis­sion Con­trol, in­clud­ing fea­tures that are new in El Cap­i­tan, to man­age your apps and spa­ces, and how you can cus­tomise its be­hav­iour in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences. To start, though, try out this new short­cut: drag a win­dow to the top edge of the screen to open Mis­sion Con­trol, then drop it onto the space where you want it to ap­pear.

Mis­sion Con­trol is handy when you need a win­dow that’s lost be­hind a dozen oth­ers

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