Using your Mac Mission control allows you to see everything you have open in one space. Whether this be an Internet browser window, your app store, iTunes, contact book, Mac mail, iPhoto etc. As a result Mission control makes it extremely easy to switch from one program to the next.
Bellow is a list of all the elements of Mac mission control that you may come across with a brief description to help you understand them. Please note that the numbers correlate to the elements numbered in the Mission control picture.
1.) Dashboard – Here you can see a minimized version of your Dashboard. This is where you can find helpful tools such as your calculator, dictionary, calendar, weather forecast etc. To access it from your mission control just click on the mini Dashboard icon.
2.) Desktops – It is possible to work on several desktops at once, perhaps you use one for work and one for relaxing etc. Mission control will display all of your opened Desktops with a mini icon at the top of the screen. You will be able to see which icon matches the Mac Desktop you are currently in as it will be slightly highlighted by a white boarder.
Tip: If you wish to close any additional desktops (not Desktop 1) – simply hover your cursor over the desktop icons you would like to close. An X should pop up on the upper left, click this and the desktop will close and vanish from your mission control.
3.) Full Screen Apps – These more exciting icons represent any Mac applications you may have open, such as iPhoto or Mac Mail etc.
4.) Add Desktop button – If you drift your cursor over to the upper right corner of your screen you will notice a + sign appear. Click this to add a new desktop to the mission control. You can also use it to drag any of the open Mac application icons or app windows to it if you would like to move the applications to a different or new Desktop.
5.) Application windows – The main section of your Mac Mission control allows you to get a closer look at your windows. You can move and hover your cursor over to highlight any window you wish to get a closer peek at, then click on it to to move it to the foreground.
Tip: Once on a highlighted window, gently tap your Space bar on your keyboard and the window will zoom in for a better preview. To zoom out just press the space bar once more.
Tip: If you would like to show multiple windows from the same app, like Safari has above, then go ahead and use one of these methods:
◦ Magic Trackpad – Hovering over the app (i.e. safari) with two fingers gently swipe in an upwards motion. To collapse the windows, with two fingers again, swipe in a downwards motion.
◦ Magic Mouse – It is a little different if you are using magic mouse. Instead of two fingers, we just use one. So swipe one finger upwards to expand the windows and swipe one finger downwards to collapse. Easy!
* You may notice that when you have a lot of desktops and windows open their labels may disappear. Do not worry, just hover your cursor over the icons to magnify them and reveal their label.