Make more of ges­tures

Mac Format - - 2016 -

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://ap­ 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.

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