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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.
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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