How to Set Up and Customize – Expose For Apple Mac Leopard OSXPosted on November 21st, 2009 No comments
Expose For Apple Mac OSX – Best Features – Hidden Features
Expose On Apple Mac is a feature of the leopard OSX operating system which allows a user to show and hide all active and hidden windows, in a single click of the mouse or the press of a button.
So why would this feature on a mac be so useful to somebody, you may ask. well, simply put, as an every day computer user, you may have several applications running all at once and suddenly need go back to one of your open applications.
Expose is perfect for showing you which applications are currently open on your desktop, so that you can switch around very quickly.
Points that will be covered in this article are :
- How to Activate Expose and Customize
- Features of Expose
- Hidden Features of Expose
- How Expose can make your life easier
How to Activate Expose and Customize Expose
Expose can be activated in three main ways:
Hot Keys – By default, F9 on the keyboard activates Expose on Leopard OSX, However this can be configured by going to System Preferences – Expose & Spaces, and then configuring the settings to your own preferences.
Mouse Click – Expose can be activated by the Apple mighty mouse, or any other multi button mouse. On the Apple mighty mouse you can configure Expose to be activated when squeezing the two side buttons. Expose can also be configured on a multi-button mouse by once again opening Expose & Spaces, System Preferences and setting up which mouse button you would like to use.
Hot Corners – ( Hot Corners for Leopard OSX, are areas of the users desktop screen that will activate certain commands when the user however over that part over the screen with their mouse cursor) In the Expose & Spaces System Preferences , you can configure the Hot Corners of your desktop screen to activate Expose.
Features of Expose
All Windows – The feature enables the user to view all of the active windows on the desktop. For example if you, the user had iTunes, Photoshop, and iPhoto open at the same time, activating Expose will shrink all of the active windows, so that all the applications fit onto your screen and you can see all of them in a Birds-Eye view mode.
Applications Window – This feature of Expose allows you to see all of the active windows for a active application, by again shrinking the windows to fit the desktop screen. This feature is different from the All Windows feature, as you can only view the current application windows. For example if you were working on many Pages documents, and had many different files open, activating this feature will allow you to see all of your pages documents at once, however if any other applications were open, they would not be shown. By default this can be activated by pressing the F10 key or changed inside of system preferences.
Show Desktop – By activating this feature ( by Default is F11 or changeable by system preferences ), Leopard quickly moves all of the application windows to the side of the screen so only the edges of the application windows are viewable and the entire desktop area is exposed.
Hidden Features of Expose
Expose has some features that are not obvious and have not been, documented on the apple website, but have been discovered by some Mac fanatics, and are quite easy to activate and use.
The Blob – The “blob” is a hidden and undocumented interface to Expose that was discovered by a member of the MacNN forums. When clicked, it enables the “Application Windows” mode. When Option+clicked, it enables the “All Windows” mode.
Slow Motion Expose – When activating Expose, it can be done in a slow motion effect, which is more for fun or for presentation purposes, rather than that of any practical purposes. To use this command, Press down the Shift Key when activating expose, so by default it would be Shift + F9.
How Expose can Make your Life Easier
Once you figure out how to use expose, it will probably become on the most used features, of your mac. The best practice is to configure your mouse buttons to activate Expose, and switching from one application to another will become a cinch. In practical uses, it will allow you speed up your productivity when compared to a windows machine, by allowing quick and easy access, to all of your active applications. And now that you don’t have to spend so much time clicking all of the tabs, on all of your applications your productivity, will in all likeliness increase, giving you more time to do other things.
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