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  • Mission control and desktop spaces are two of the most unique features in OS X Mountain

  • Lion. Used separately or together, they can change the way you work with open windows

  • on your computer.

  • Let's take a look at mission control first. To open it, click the icon on the dock. Alternatively,

  • you can use an upward three-finger swipe (if you have a trackpad), or the two-finger double-tap

  • (if you have a Magic Mouse).

  • As you can see, mission control shows you all the files and apps that you currently

  • have openeven the little things that may have been open in the background. This makes

  • it easier to switch between different windows. Just click the one you wantand mission

  • control will take you there.

  • Now, mission control and desktop spaces are designed to work together very closely. In

  • fact, mission control is where you'll manage and access the different spaces you create.

  • Desktop spaces are virtual desktops that you can use to organize your open files and apps.

  • For example, if you have several windows open at one time, you can move some of them to

  • a different space to make room on your primary desktop.

  • Desktop spaces are represented by the thumbnails at the top of the screen. To create a new

  • space, hover your mouse over the top-right cornerthen click this tab. Your new space

  • will appear here.

  • To delete one of your desktop spaces, all you have to do is hover over it, then click

  • the X.

  • Now we can move some of these open windows to our other desktop to get them out of the

  • way. Just drag and drop the window you wantto the thumbnail at the top of the screen.

  • See how it works?

  • When you want to use the window again, simply switch to the desktop space where it's currently

  • being housed.

  • You can even change the background here to make it easier to tell the desktops apart.

  • To do this, right-click the desktopthen choose Change Desktop Background.

  • Once you've created several desktop spaces, you may want to experiment with different

  • ways to navigate between them. Of course, you can always use mission control

  • But it may be quicker to use gestures, or the arrow keys on your keyboard.

  • For example, try the two-finger swipe to the left or the right if you have a Magic Mouse.

  • If you have a Magic Trackpad (or a laptop with a trackpad), you can use the three-finger

  • swipe instead.

  • If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, just press control on your keyboard, then use the arrow

  • keys to switch back and forth.

  • With so much flexibility, desktop spaces and mission control give you everything you need

  • to personalize your workspace, and become a more productive Mac user.

Mission control and desktop spaces are two of the most unique features in OS X Mountain

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