OS X Mavericks: Mission Control preferences

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Mission Control preferences

Use Mission Control preferences to specify shortcuts for showing and hiding windows or the desktop. These settings also determine shortcuts for showing and hiding Dashboard, and for starting or disabling your screen saver or putting the display to sleep.

Option Description

Show Dashboard as a Space

See Dashboard in Mission Control view.

Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use

If you’ve created multiple workspaces using the Spaces feature, get quicker access to your most recently used spaces.

When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application

If you use the Spaces feature, have your desktop scroll to a space with open windows for an app when you switch to that app.

Group windows by application

If you work with several windows from multiple apps open simultaneously, organize the windows by app when you zoom to Mission Control.

Displays have separate Spaces

If you use the Spaces feature and have multiple displays, you can set up separate spaces for each display.

Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts

Choose shortcuts for Dashboard and for showing and hiding windows and the desktop. Depending on your type of mouse or trackpad, you may see two columns of pop-up menus in this section.

To see more available keyboard shortcuts, hold down the Control (^), Option (⌥), Shift (⇧), or Command (⌘) key, or a combination of these keys, while viewing the pop-up menus.

Hot Corners

To specify an action to perform when you move the pointer to a screen corner, choose the action from one of the Active Screen Corners pop-up menus.

After you set an active corner, move your mouse to that corner of your screen to see the result.

Last Modified: Oct 20, 2015

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