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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.
In another movie we looked at Mission Control. This is a Lion's feature for creating separate work environments. We're now going to look at the preference that allows you to configure Mission Control. So go up to System Preferences, here's Mission Control, and here are the options. Now the first one, Show Dashboard as a space, on my trackpad I'm going to swipe to the left with three fingers and here is the Dashboard Space or the Dashboard Environment. I'll swipe back with three fingers and we're back again.
If I turn this off and I swipe to the left, and believe me I'm doing it, nothing happens and that's because we've turned that off as a space. So how do you get to Dashboard? Look down here at your keyboard shortcuts and it says Show Dashboard, F12. These are F keys at the top of your keyboard. So I will press F12 and sure enough here is Dashboard. We're going to look at Dashboard in another movie, so we won't linger here, turn that back on. Next option, Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use.
What the heck does that me? I will show you. I swiped up to get to Mission Control and I'll add a few spaces. Okay, we'll go to Desktop 4. Within here I'm going to launch Pages, type some nonsense, go back to Mission Control, go back to Desktop 1. Now take a look, Desktop 1 is where I'm currently. Desktop 4 is where I created my Pages document. So I'm Desktop 1.
Now if I switch to Pages by clicking on it, let's take a look and see what it's done in Mission Control. Notice that Desktop 4 has now moved to the second position. It's still called Desktop 4, but it's moved closer because of that option I set. So back to Desktop 1. Again, Automatically rearrange space based on most recent use, so when I switch to another application in another environment, it moved in closer to the one I'm at. That way so I can swipe between, so I can quickly move between the two environments, without having to go through other environments.
The last option is a little confusing. When switching to an application, switch to a space with open window for the application. Again that's another huh. I go back to my second environment. I'm going to close this Pages dock. I'll save it. Pages is still active. I'll swipe back. I go to Pages again and let's find out which environment I'm in. I'm still on Desktop 1, and the reason is because there is no open window in Desktop 4 as there was before, so I stay in the environment that I was originally in because of this preference.
It's a little confusing, but that's the way it works in Lion. And again, we briefly looked at shortcuts. These are the shortcuts that are set by default, Mission Control, Application window, Show Desktop, Show Dashboard. You can choose different shortcuts if you like. These are the ones that happen to be configured here and they're not all configured the same way. On a laptop you may see different shortcut keys. As you see, you've plenty of options here, and again, this upward pointing triangle means the Control key. And finally, Hot Corners, we looked at this in another movie. You can choose what these Hot Corners will do when you drag your cursor there.
Again, I leave them off. You're welcome to assign them if you like. And that's a look at Mission Control preferences.
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