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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips System 10.4
Hopefully by this time, everyone knows how Exposť can be used to cut through window clutter and navigate the tons of windows you might have open. What I've never seen outlined is how it can help in a couple of problem cases.

The first helpful thing I've noticed F10 can do is simply gather the windows for an app together. Apple just touts it for letting you switch between windows in the frontmost app, but it can do more than that. Say you want all your Finder windows to come forward so you can copy files between them. You could click the Finder's icon in the dock, or just click on one window to bring it forward, and then double-tap F10. When you do, all Finder windows will move to the front.

The second Exposť trick is for dealing with some apps (notably Disk Warrior and Carbon Copy Cloner) that don't like to bring their windows to the front if you click on them, or switch to them while they're busy. There are two ways around this: First, use All Windows (F9) and click on the hidden window there and it will come forward (for DiskWarrior, be sure to click specifically on the progress pane in the miniature window or it will be hidden by the main window when it comes forward). Second, if part of the window is visible, click on it -- even though it doesn't show it, Exposť and the App Switcher will now see that app as frontmost. So just do a quick double-tap on F10 (or whatever you've assigned Application Windows to) and the window will come forward.
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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: phoomp on Mar 16, '07 07:59:06AM

No offence, but it seems alot easier to just click the dock icon for the set of windows I want to bring to the front rather than find a window from the set of windows I want (which will likely involve using expose to show all windows), selecting that window, and then hitting f10 twice.



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An alternative to double-tapping F10
Authored by: dtreichl on Mar 16, '07 08:22:37AM

If I don't have a huge number of different apps open, I prefer to use Exposť to show all windows and then tab to the relevant app. I feel like this is faster than finding a window and then double-tapping F10 in most situations.



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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: galaher on Mar 16, '07 08:34:16AM

I like this and will give it a try. I prefer to use the mouse as little as possible and so I use butler to switch apps. Because OS X allows multiple windows from different applications to layer (Which is great), it's not uncommon for me to have to grab the mouse and choose 'Bring All to Front'. Double tapping F10 fits nicely into my workflow. Thanks for the tip.



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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: nanotechmama on Mar 16, '07 08:42:00AM

The fastest way to bring all windows of an application to the front is to use command tab to choose the application.

No mousing and an easy keyboard shortcut.



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F10, then Tab for nice application switching
Authored by: tinb on Mar 16, '07 09:43:18AM

Don't miss this shortcut: after F10 (Application Windows), press Tab to cycle through all applications with open windows, then press Return to activate the frontmost window. Nice, fast and more impressive as Command-Tab ;-)



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F10, then Tab for nice application switching
Authored by: mustang_dvs on Mar 16, '07 09:23:19PM
Thanks!

That's, in my opinion, a better hint than the main hint -- it's the first useful thing I've heard about, in regards to Exposť.

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F10, then Tab for nice application switching
Authored by: macgruder on Mar 17, '07 04:46:07AM
Ditto! That is a good tip.

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F10, then Tab for nice application switching
Authored by: morespace54 on Mar 21, '07 07:59:55AM

Actually, I don't think you need to press "enter"...



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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: gmachen on Mar 16, '07 10:54:36AM

Exposť is utterly useless to me because I have a utility that keeps me in "Single Application Mode," i.e., most of my background windows are kept hidden to reduce clutter. So when I invoke Exposť, none of the hidden windows are visible. Anyone know how to make Exposť show all my hidden windows, 'cause I'd really like to use it!



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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: BOlle on Mar 16, '07 02:46:00PM
Hrmz, maybe something like this Applescript? You could use QuickSilver to bind the script to a shortcut.

-- start of script
-- Unhide all apps
tell application "System Events" to set the visible of every process to true

delay 1

-- All windows, you have to have default expose bindings
tell application "System Events" to key code 101
-- end of script
More info about the key code here: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040104160708152

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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: tinb on Mar 17, '07 03:44:58AM
This one was posted by Apple itself: Tip of the Week. BTW: this page is worth a look every week.

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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: gruntfuggly on Mar 21, '07 04:01:25AM

My biggest problem with Expose is that when you do have a lot of windows that look similar, eg code windows, you can't actually tell which one is the one you want, unless you mouse over each window to display it's name. Does anybody know of a 'hack' or modification of some kind that would display each window's name as soon as they are 'exposed'?



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10.4: A couple of Exposť tips
Authored by: ptone on Nov 13, '08 12:04:55PM

hold down the option key



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