Self Ser­vice

or­gan­ise your desk­top

Mac Format - - MAC SOS -

El Cap­i­tan has lots of new fea­tures that let you or­gan­ise the lay­out of your apps and make the most of your screen real es­tate.

In Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Gen­eral, there’s an op­tion to au­to­mat­i­cally hide and show the menu bar, just like you could al­ready do with the Dock.

To run sev­eral apps full-screen at once, just press the Mis­sion Con­trol key on your key­board (the one show­ing three rec­tan­gles), then drag an app to an empty spot in the Spa­ces bar at the top of the screen. Switch be­tween desk­tops us­ing ≈+“and ≈+‘. Drag the space back to the lower part of the screen to re­turn the app(s) it con­tains to win­dows.

If you want two apps on the screen with no other dis­trac­tions, press the Mis­sion Con­trol key and drag one app to the Spa­ces bar, then an­other onto it there. They’ll be grouped to­gether in Split View.

If you nor­mally want your email app squashed down to an in­con­spic­u­ous win­dow but to be much larger for ac­tu­ally read­ing emails, open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Dock and then set ‘Dou­ble-click a win­dow’s ti­tle bar to’ to ‘zoom’. You can now tog­gle be­tween two sizes that you set by dou­bleclick­ing a win­dow’s ti­tle bar.

In full-screen mode, you can click out­side of the com­po­si­tion win­dow to min­imise it to the bot­tom of the screen, en­abling you to re­fer to other mes­sages.

Split View makes the Mis­sion Con­trol key more use­ful than it was in pre­vi­ous ver­sions of OS X.

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