Make more of gestures
The swiping & pinching you already know from iOS also helps you f ly through OS X
1. Ways to reach Mission Control
It can be difficult to keep track of things when you’ve got too many windows, which is why the Mission Control key is useful (that’s the one that has several rectangles inside a larger one, and labelled F3). This spreads out your windows so that each is fully visible, and you can quickly switch between them – or the different virtual desktops (spaces) across which they’re organised. However, it’s often quicker to use a trackpad gesture; lay three fingertips on the trackpad and swipe up to achieve the same thing. Swiping three fingers left or right moves you through the virtual desktops you’ve created (shown at the top of Mission Control), including Dashboard if you’ve enabled it (see p29).
2. Push everything aside
Place three fingers and your thumb on the trackpad and spread them out to move all your windows out of the way and reveal the desktop below. You can now work with icons on the desktop – for example, dragging them into folders, or onto Dock icons to open files. Reverse the gesture to bring the windows back into view. With your windows in view, that reversed gesture – starting with three fingers and a thumb wide apart and pulling them together – opens Launchpad, which shows your installed apps in a grid across multiple pages in a very similar manner to the Home screen on iOS devices. Click an app to open it, or perform the gesture in reverse or press to close it. Learning this lets you reclaim space by removing Launchpad from the Dock.
3. Look up a word
Press on a Force Touch trackpad while the pointer is over a word in a webpage or a document, then press harder to feel a second click and get a definition of the word. If applicable, you’ll see various options on the bottom of the pop-up window containing extra information retrieved from resources such as web videos, helping you to gain a broader understanding. For word definitions, click Open in Dictionary to open the dedicated app.
4. Force Touch
With a Force Touch trackpad, you press once to click and then harder to call up extra info and features in compatible apps. You can adjust the amount of pressure that’s required to trigger the deeper click by going to System Preferences’ Trackpad pane: clicking the Point & Click tab, and dragging the ‘Click’ slider. If you have a regular trackpad, put a check mark next to ‘Look up & data detectors’ to look things up with a three-fingered tap.
5. Take a peek at Notification Centre
Clicking the bulleted list at the far right of the menu bar opens Notification Centre, but if you just want to take a quick peek at what you’ve missed while away from your Mac, you can bring it in by sliding two fingers left from the very right hand edge of your trackpad. You’ll be familiar with this action if you have an iPad as it’s a lot like sliding one finger in from the left to reveal the mailbox list when using Mail in portrait orientation. To dismiss Notification Centre again, simply place two fingers at any position on the trackpad and swipe right.
6. Force Touch in other apps
Force Touch provides shortcuts to many useful actions. When you press harder on the trackpad in QuickTime and iMovie, you’re able to scrub forwards and backwards more quickly. Do the same in Maps to zoom faster. Force-click an event in Calendar to see its full details, or force-click an app icon in the Dock to see only that one’s windows, spread out, so you can quickly switch to the one you need to use. Check out http://apple.co/ 1XIMjG4 for more examples of places to use Force Touch.
7. Swipe your way around the web
Browsing with Safari inevitably requires a lot of scrolling, but gestures can help here, too. Swiping two fingers up or down moves the page up and down, as with a regular document, but swiping left and right with two fingers moves backwards and forwards through your history (pressing ç with or does the same if you don’t have a trackpad). Double-tapping while the pointer is over an image or a column of text zooms the page to better fit that content into the window’s width, after which you can pan in all directions by sliding two fingers on the trackpad to move the page). Double-tapping two fingers again zooms back out. Provided ‘Tap to click’ and ‘Secondary click’ are enabled in Trackpad preferences, tapping a link with two fingers reveals a context-sensitive menu, from which you can open the linked resource in a new tab if you don’t want to lose your position on the page you’re currently reading.
8. Advanced gestures
If any of these gestures aren’t working for you (or you’re inadvertently triggering some), select which ones are active through System Preferences’ Trackpad pane, where you’ll also find short demo videos that show how each of them works.
9. Use App Exposé
Turn on App Exposé in Trackpad > More Gestures, then swipe down with three fingers to focus on the various windows of the foreground app. So, if you have several Numbers documents and several Pages files open, and Pages has focus, this gesture will arrange the Pages windows so they’re each visible, while hiding Numbers’ windows.