Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the user interface changes, part of Mac OS X El Capitan New Features.
- Let's start with the basic changes to the user interface in OS X El Capitan. And there really are not that many. In fact, El Capitan looks nearly identical to Yosemite at first glance. One small thing that you may have seen is that there's a neat little trick built in to help you if you can't find your mouse cursor. For this particular feature it's not going to show in this recording, so I want you to try this on your computer. All you need to do is move your mouse cursor really fast and you'll see that the mouse cursor will grow to a much larger size on screen.
You can't see that here in the recording, but I can see it on my computer. Give that a try and it should be a great tool to help you find your mouse cursor if you just can't find it on the screen. The next thing I want to look at is that you can hide the menu bar. The menu bar, of course, is this row all the way up at the top of the screen where you can open up these menus. I'm in Finder right now so I see the Finder menu, and File, and Edit, and View, and so on. There's always a menu up here but of course it's going to change depending on which application you're using.
But you can hide that menu bar now in OS X El Capitan. All you need to do is go into System Preferences, so I'll click on the Apple menu. I'll go to System Preferences. I'm going to go into the section labeled General and I'm going to turn on this option, Automatically hide and show the menu bar. And so you'll see the menu bar goes away. I'll close System Preferences. Now the menu bar is not completely gone. If I need it all I need to do is point my mouse cursor up at the top of the screen and it will pop up. When I move my mouse cursor away, it goes away again.
So I can move my mouse cursor up there and then click on to whatever menu I want and then choose whatever action I want from the menu and when I'm done, move my mouse cursor away and that fades away again. So I find that if I hide the menu and also hide the dock there's kind of an advantage here. Hiding the dock is not a new feature, but I can go down here to the dock, place my mouse cursor on this little dividing line. Right click, Turn Hiding On, and now it really opens up the screen. It feels like I have more space to work with.
And if I need the menu I point up at the top. If I need the dock I point down at the bottom. It's kind of neat. Okay, there's one more little interface change I want to show you. I'm going to open up a Finder window. I'll just click on the Finder icon on the dock and now I've got a window. I want to go to the title bar, which is just the area on the very top of any window. This is the part that you would grab if you want to move the window around. If you double click up on the title bar of a window you'll see that the window changes size, and it actually toggles between two different sizes.
So I can flip back and forth just by double clicking on that title bar area. And this works in any window. I'm in a Finder window now, but if I go to Safari I can do the same thing, I can toggle between two different sizes. That's not the new feature. The new feature is that you can change the action that happens when you double click in that area. I'm going to go into System Preferences. And this setting is actually in the system preferences for the dock, so I'll choose that, and I'm looking for this option here. Double-click a window's title bar to...
And it's currently set to zoom. That's the option where it toggles between two different sizes. I'm going to switch it over to minimize. And I actually prefer this myself. I'm going to close this window, and now when I double click on the title bar in a window instead of changing size, it minimizes the window, which can be a really great, quick way of minimizing a window. Of course I can get it back by going down to the dock and clicking on the icon to bring it back. Of course you can minimize a window by clicking on the little yellow button but I find it a lot quicker to just double click on the title bar and it minimizes the window that way.
You're probably going to see a few other small interface tweaks in OS X El Cap and you'll certainly see some differences inside of specific applications, some of which we'll talk about in the rest of this course. But as far as general interface design goes, there's really very little difference between OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan.