HOWTO | nav­i­gate Mi­sion Con­troL IN OS X 10.11

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1 Ac­ti­vate Mis­sion Con­trol

Swipe up­wards with three or four fin­gers on your track­pad, or dou­ble-tap with two fin­gers on a Magic Mouse, to open Mis­sion Con­trol. All your win­dows will spread out across the screen to show what’s open. To re­turn to the desk­top, swipe or dou­ble-tap again, or press oe.

2 Switch be­tween apps

With Mis­sion Con­trol open, your apps still run as nor­mal. So, videos will keep play­ing and web pages will con­tinue to up­date, for ex­am­ple. To switch to a par­tic­u­lar app or win­dow just click on it. This re­turns you to the desk­top with that app or win­dow se­lected in the fore­ground.

3 Or­gan­ise win­dows

You can or­gan­ise win­dows across sev­eral desk­tops, or ‘spa­ces’. Drag a win­dow over the Spa­ces bar at the top of Mis­sion Con­trol, which will ex­pand to re­veal them. Drop the win­dow on an ex­ist­ing one to move it there, or onto the + on the right to put it in a brand-new space.

4 Check out desk­tops

The cur­rent desk­top is high­lighted in the Spa­ces bar. To move be­tween spa­ces with­out leav­ing Mis­sion Con­trol, so you can take a closer look at what’s in them, swipe hor­i­zon­tally with three fin­gers on a track­pad (two on a Magic Mouse) or hold å and click a space’s thumb­nail.

5 Take a closer look

If you can’t find the win­dow you want, put the pointer over one and press the space­bar to take a closer look. Al­ter­na­tively, leave Mis­sion Con­trol, then swipe down with four fin­gers to see one app’s win­dows – that with the fo­cus or the one whose Dock icon is un­der the pointer.

6 Full-screen apps

To switch a win­dow to full-screen mode (if sup­ported by its app), drag it over an empty area in the top bar (even be­tween two spa­ces). Let go when a new space named af­ter the app ap­pears. Drop a win­dow from an­other app onto that space to use Split View (see page 50).

7 Drag a file to a win­dow

Hold ç and press the Mis­sion Con­trol key (£) on an Ap­ple key­board to re­veal the desk­top. Start drag­ging a file, then press the key to bring back your win­dows, and again to open Mis­sion Con­trol. Put the file over a win­dow, wait for the win­dow to come for­ward, then drop it.

8 Mis­sion Con­trol set­tings

Click > Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and choose Mis­sion Con­trol in the top row of icons. Here you can set whether Mis­sion Con­trol re­ar­ranges your spa­ces based on re­cent use, and whether spa­ces on each of your dis­plays can be switched be­tween in­de­pen­dently or are linked.

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