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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: MiniBrici on Sep 21, '10 01:02:30AM

I was looking for this kind of stuff and Expose is definitely not good for this or I have missed a feature of expose. I used this feature of windows7 extensively when trying to move/copy attachments from one mail to another or move selected text or data within windows of the application. Can you tell me how to do this with expose? I mean dragging ok, moving over the dock ok, and it will show all the open windows of that app but since the windows are placed on the desktop it takes plenty of time to move accross the whole window. You may love to drag the whole desktop around but I need an effective solution. Not to mention that in win7 you can drag over the windows and it will maximize showing the content and dragging over the other instance will maximize that one. I am more keen on productivity than style, sorry. (I am using a localized keyboard and thus cmd+` doesnot work). Thanks in advance for your help.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Sep 21, '10 07:33:16AM

First off, phrases like "I prefer productivity to style" in this context are obnoxious. It makes the assumption that your way is the only "correct" way of doing things, and anyone else is just doing it the clunky way because they think it looks cooI.

There are several advantages to Expose. The biggest one I see is that (unless you have a huge number of windows open), the Expose window previews are much larger than the Windows taskbar previews. The taskbar previews are fine if you're just looking at a bunch of image files, but kind of useless for moving between text files or webpages. By the way, you CAN preview windows at full size using expose. Simply highlight the window you want using the mouse or arrow keys and hit the spacebar — the window will expand to full size, moving your mouse to any other window will automatically make that one full size as well. This behavior will continue until you hit the spacebar again.

Regarding dragging, you're right that since the Windows occupy the entire Desktop space you'll have to do slightly more hand movement. I use both Windows 7 and OS X extensively, and I have to admit that I had never noticed expose-based drag and drop to be any slower to accomplish than Windows-based drag and drop, but I guess it's a matter of opinion. For me though, the larger size and therefore easier identification of Expose windows makes them much easier to use in my book.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: MiniBrici on Sep 21, '10 01:27:10PM

thanks for the space trick, it is a huge improvement for me. I am not a native English and definitely would not like to declare my point of view or usage as the best and only one existing. Also thank you for your advice to better formulate my opinion and wishes. So again thank you.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 23, '10 01:21:13PM

One thing that really helps me is that I use a mouse or trackball that allows me to set a button to "click lock."

Now, I can "click lock" a file when I want to drag it, and I don't have to hold the button down while I do any of the following:

- activate Exposé and drag to a window there,
- activate Spaces and drag to a window there,
- use Cmd-Tab to switch among apps, then drag to a window there
- hover over any finder window or folder icon, which triggers 'spring-loaded folders' and can almost always get me to any file location available.

Once I discovered the joy of 'click-lock', I decided never to do without it. Oh, if you use a recent MacBook, I think you can configure your trackpad prefs to do a 'click-lock' by enabling 'tap-tap-hold' or something very similar.



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10.6: Get window previews in the OS X Dock
Authored by: Sam_P on Sep 25, '10 09:15:59AM

You could change the cmd+` shortcut to something that works for your localised keyboard.

Keyboard Pref Pane -> Keyboard & Text Input -> Move focus to next window application



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