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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control System 10.7
You can press and hold any of the hotkeys on a Mac keyboard to temporarily view that function.

Here's a cool trick that could be useful if you use hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts to activate Mission Control, the Dashboard, or Launchpad (i.e. F3/F4).

You might be used to tapping a hotkey once to activate that function and then tapping it again to deactivate (i.e. F3 for Mission Control). However, if you press and hold a hotkey, without releasing, that particular function will only remain active for as long as you hold down the key. For example, press and hold the Mission Control/Exposť hotkey, and it will disappear as soon as you take your finger off the key. Give it a try!

While holding the Mission Control key, you can still select windows, or create new Spaces using the mouse. This works with keyboard shortcuts too, such as Ctrl+Up, the default keyboard combo for Mission Control).

Incidentally, if you're annoyed the Show Desktop mouse gesture has gone in OS X Lion, you can simply hold down Command and tap the Mission Control/Expose hotkey. That will do the same thing.

[crarko adds: I tested some of these on my old MacBook, and they work fine. I'm sure the utility will be even greater with the full size keyboards.]
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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: Keir-thomas on Nov 22, '11 07:35:58AM

Hmmm... I posted these tips with a note that they were taken from my new book, Mac Kung Fu. But it looks like crarko has removed that part of the posting before making it live. No fair, crarko!

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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: leamanc on Nov 22, '11 05:17:04PM

Or perhaps it's unfair of you to expect free advertising on a Macworld site. So, yes, thanks for submitting the hint, but I'm pretty sure there's something in the Terms of Service on the the site here that prohibits commercial advertising in the posts.

And no, I'm not affiliated with Macworld or OS X Hints, but this just seems like pretty standard stuff in a medium that thrives on paid advertisements.



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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: Keir-thomas on Nov 23, '11 02:07:46AM
I'm pretty sure there's something in the Terms of Service on the the site here that prohibits commercial advertising in the posts

If that's the case, crarko shouldn't have used the hint I wrote on the site.

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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: frgough on Nov 23, '11 07:48:39PM

But Macworld will be more than happy to take your hints, compile them into a book and sell it. Without credit to you.



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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: PierreScerri on Nov 22, '11 08:11:43AM

On my iMac 24" running OS X 10.7.2, I can show/hide the desktop by un/pinching using 5 fingers on the trackpad.



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Not new
Authored by: SeanAhern on Nov 22, '11 02:17:21PM

This "hold" behavior has been around for as long as Exposť has been available, I'm pretty sure.



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Not new
Authored by: Quatch on Nov 23, '11 06:08:05AM

works in 10.6



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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: Wuffel on Nov 22, '11 03:18:05PM

I've tested it on my brandspanking new MBP with 10.7.2, but it only works for Missioncontrol . It doesn't however work for Launchpad (which is at itself quite useless considering one could simply put everything in the dock)...



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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: curly bear on Nov 23, '11 06:52:37AM

Yes. And it is somehow the same when using gesture on a trackpad. For example, if you do a gesture to activate show the desktop (4 fingers swipe up on my Mac) and quickly stop touching the trackpad (the normal way) it shows the desktop and let you chose a file, etc... If you let you finger on the trackpad that it will show the desktop as long as you touch the trackpad and go back to the initial window when removing your fingers.



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10.7: Press and hold hotkeys to quickly view Mission Control
Authored by: ernst_mulder on Nov 24, '11 12:25:12AM

Works in 10.7.
Works in 10.6, 10.5, 10.4 and even 10.3.

This behavior has been present for as long as Exposť exists.



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