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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control System 10.7
When you enter Mission Control, an application's windows are stacked atop each other. If you're after a particular window, but it's not the frontmost one in an application, it could be difficult to identify it.

To solve this, after you've entered Mission Control, move the mouse cursor over a stack of windows and scroll up. They fan out somewhat from each other, allowing you to see more of the windows' contents. Other applications and the Desktop dim.

To exit this mode, either scroll down or click off in one of the dimmed areas.

Oddly, Apple did not choose to use the 'pinch out' gesture for this feature. This is unfortunate, since it's a much more intuitive way of commanding stacked items to spread out.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I tried the pinch out gesture with the Magic Trackpad (in 10.7.2), and it still didn't work, like the hint says.]
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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: Keir-thomas on Dec 06, '11 07:54:15AM

You can also alter a secret setting to enlarge the fanned-out thumbnails so you can actually read their contents, as I explain in my new book of tips (Mac Kung Fu). Here's the defaults write command you need:

defaults write com.apple.dock expose-cluster-scale -float 1;killall Dock

To switch back to normal, type

defaults delete com.apple.dock expose-cluster-scale;killall Dock
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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: chabig on Dec 06, '11 04:10:33PM

You can also use quick look to read the contents while in Mission Control. Hover over a window and tap the spacebar to make it full size. Tap again to return to Mission Control.



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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: Keir-thomas on Dec 07, '11 09:00:52AM

Good point but using the command I outlined expands all the windows to 100% at the same time, rather than just one.

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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: digs0 on Jan 12, '12 05:53:17PM

Interesting tip! I tried it and it didn't quite suit me. What I'm really looking for is a way to restore the behavior where Mission Control will let you command tab between focus on a single app at a time. I can do that by swiping over the app itself in the Dock, but that's a pain. I'd rather invoke Mission Control and then command-tab between single-focus apps. I swear you used to be able to do that...

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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: javahead on Dec 06, '11 08:25:20AM

You can view a larger version of the app window by hovering over it with the mouse and hitting the space bar.



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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: Brethil on Dec 06, '11 11:28:01AM

If you swipe up with two fingers when hovering above a certain app's windows you will expand the cluster letting you see more, also, if you hover on a particular window and press "space" it will make the selected window bigger.



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Thumb and three finger pinch
Authored by: jfen on Dec 06, '11 12:39:54PM

Using a thumb and three finger pinch gesture on a trackpad should work. It does for me on 10.7.2 iMac with Magic Trackpad (and I think it did for the other iterations of 10.7). It's great to see the scroll option works too though! Didn't know about that.



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10.7: Expand an application's windows in Mission Control
Authored by: kirsch on Dec 06, '11 02:18:59PM

> Oddly, Apple did not choose to use the 'pinch out' gesture for this feature. This is unfortunate, since it's a much more intuitive way of commanding stacked items to spread out.

The pinch out gesture using all five fingers works for me on the Magic Trackpad and a MacBook Pro's built-in trackpad. The two-finger pinch out gesture does not work. I thought the distinction should be made.



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