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Organizing workspaces with Mission Control

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Organizing workspaces with Mission Control

Mission Control is another new Lion feature. If you have been using Mac for a while, you may recognize some of its features, its combination of Spaces and Expose. Again, this is another feature that you'll find helpful to invoke via gesture, but for now we are going to use a mouse. We will look at gestures and Mission Control later. To launch Mission Control just click on the Mission Control icon in the dock or you can press F3 on a standard keyboard. You see two windows by default, representing two workspaces. Dashboard is on the left and the Finder is on the right.

Organizing workspaces with Mission Control

Mission Control is another new Lion feature. If you have been using Mac for a while, you may recognize some of its features, its combination of Spaces and Expose. Again, this is another feature that you'll find helpful to invoke via gesture, but for now we are going to use a mouse. We will look at gestures and Mission Control later. To launch Mission Control just click on the Mission Control icon in the dock or you can press F3 on a standard keyboard. You see two windows by default, representing two workspaces. Dashboard is on the left and the Finder is on the right.

Click on Dashboard and we move into something called Dashboard. This is where they keep little utilities, things like clocks and calculators and weather. We are going to look at Dashboard in a separate movie. For now I am just showing you that you can see it within Mission Control. I am going to press F3 on my keyboard and go back to Mission Control. If I want to go back to the Finder environment, I select that window at the very top of the Mission Control window, click on it, and I move to that work environment. Press F3 and we are back to Mission Control.

That's helpful enough, being able to toggle between Dashboard and my regular workspace, but what if I want to add another workspace? That's easy enough. I drag the mouse to the right and I click on the plus button that appears to the right. Now I have an additional work environment. So I have got Dashboard work environment 1 and work environment 2. What good does this do me? Well, I'll click on work environment 2 and I will click and hold on iPhoto. Select Options and you see I have an Assign To command.

This allows me to sign this application to a particular work environment. I'm going to assign it to the desktop that I currently have, and now I will launch iPhoto. Now, here is iPhoto. I will go back to Mission Control. I will select the first work environment, and where is iPhoto? Well, it's not in this work environment. It's in the other one. F3, work environment 2, and there is iPhoto.

F3, let's add another work environment. This time I am going to have Safari be in this one. Options > Assign To > This Desktop. Launch Safari, F3. Here is Safari in work environment 3, iPhoto is in the second work environment, nothing in the first one, and once again, here's Dashboard. Back to F3.

Let's go back to Safari. I am going to click this double arrow button and that gives me full screen app mode. I will go to F3 and you notice when I hover my cursor over that work environment nothing happens. If I hover it over the third work environment I see this little x. This little x indicates that I can quit that environment. Click it and it's gone. Now why doesn't that work with Safari? The reason is, and we return to that environment, is that I have to be out of Full Screen mode. Back to F3.

Now I put my cursor there and I can quit that environment. So all I am saying is that if you go into Full Screen mode, you have to reduce the window back to Standard view, and then you can quit that environment. Now I'll click the Desktop, and you notice when I do that Safari still exists. It's just moved to the next environment over. Now let's go back to F3, so we can look at our environments again. So what exactly good is this? Well, the good of it is that you can set up separate environments for different kinds of tasks.

So say for example you want to organize your personal life. Well, in that environment you may add Mail, Address Book, and iCal for example. Another environment may be just for your iLife work. So for that environment you may add iMovie and iPhoto and maybe even iTunes. Now, when you want to move from task to task, instead of having to close a bunch of applications and then open them again, instead, you could just move to a different work environment and Mission Control is very convenient for doing exactly that. So we will return to our main work environment.

I am going to quit Safari, I am going to quit iPhoto, and here we are back in the standard Finder view. And that's our look at Mission Control.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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