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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking System 10.5
If you activate the all windows view of exposť with your keyboard or mouse, you do not need to click on the window of your choice, but simply place your mouse on top of the window and press the keyboard or mouse shortcut again.

Now I hear you ask, what is the use when surely it is just as convenient to click the window seen as you place your mouse on it anyway? And truthfully, when activating all windows from the keyboard, it isn't too useful.

However, in case you have set up one of your mouse buttons to view all windows it becomes useful, because usually clicking the same button twice requires actually less effort than clicking two different buttons in sequence.

[robg adds: This works in both 10.4 and 10.5.]
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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: karlfranz on Nov 13, '07 05:45:39PM

Of course, even better: you can simply hold down the key for exposť, hover over the window you choose, then let go of the key to bring that window to the foreground.

And if you have a button assigned to the same exposť function it works the same way: click the exposť mouse button and keep it held down, hover the window you choose, then let go of the mouse button to bring it to the foreground.

Either of these two methods will save you either one button press or mouse click compared to the hint mentioned here.



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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Nov 13, '07 06:17:04PM

Hm, I wasn't aware other people didn't know about this.

I use this all the time for drag and drop operations. Drag a file/item, hit F9, mouse over the window, hit F9 again and drop.



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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: hackerssidekick on Nov 13, '07 07:08:03PM

You don't even have to hit F9 in this case, after a short wait the window will activate (kinda like spring-loaded folders), and you can drop away!



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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: JohnInDC on Nov 13, '07 07:16:22PM

Also too that second click might have an unwanted effect - e.g., the format painter in MS Word forgets the format to be pasted if you click the mouse in Expose to switch to the target document. The hover method preserves it, making it possible to copy formats across documents.



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10.3
Authored by: Mechcozmo on Nov 13, '07 10:12:59PM

This works (worked?) in 10.3 too...



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10.3
Authored by: adrianm on Nov 13, '07 10:47:24PM

Did it? I know it's been a while, but didn't exposť arrive with 10.4?

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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 14, '07 02:45:13AM

Don't forget too that just hovering over the required window for a second will activate it (no mouse or keyboard button required, or that tabbing will cycle through the various windows.

Mark



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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 14, '07 02:47:31AM

Should have pointed out that hovering only works if you're dragging something, and that you can also navigate between the various windows shown in Expose using the arrow keys.



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10.4: Choose Exposť windows without clicking
Authored by: dstewart on Nov 14, '07 05:33:46AM

Other things you can do once in Expose:

Use the arrow keys to move from window to window, though it's very literal about left, right, up and down. Then...

Press space to go to the selected window (however selected, by mouse pointer or keyboard).

Opt-Tab moves through the windows in the Expose application view, full-size (or larger, anyway).

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