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Exposé

If you’re like most Mac OS X users, you probably have multiple applications and windows open at the same time while you work. The result can be a cluttered screen, with many layers of windows hiding other windows and the desktop.

Exposé helps solve the problem of screen clutter by making it easy to see all open windows in all applications (Figure 16), all open windows in a single application (Figure 18), or the entire desktop (Figure 20) at once. Simply press one of Exposé’s shortcut keys (Table 1) to see what you need to see.

Table 1. Standard Shortcut Keys for Exposé
KeyDescription

Displays all open windows at once.

Displays all open windows for the current application at once.

Displays the desktop.


Figure 16. Pressing displays all open windows.


Figure 18. Pressing displays all of the windows in the currently active application—in this case, Finder.


Figure 20. Pressing displays the desktop.


✓ Tips

  • You can customize Exposé’s shortcut keys or add additional Exposé triggers. I explain how in Chapter 21.

  • You can use Exposé while copying or moving items. Begin dragging the item you want to move or copy, then use the appropriate Exposé keystroke for the view you need and complete the drag and drop while Exposé is active.


To see all open windows at once

1.
Press .

All open windows resize so you can see into each one (Figure 16).

2.
To activate a window, point to it to highlight its name (Figure 17) and click it or press again. Exposé is released and the window comes to the front.

Figure 17. Point to a window to highlight its name.


or

To release Exposé without activating a specific window, press again.

To see all open windows in the current application

1.
Press .

All open windows in the current application resize so you can see into each one and other application windows are dimmed (Figure 18).

2.
To activate a window, point to it to highlight its name (Figure 19)and click it or press again. Exposé is released and the window comes to the front.

Figure 19. Point to a window to highlight its name.


or

To release Exposé without activating a specific window, press again.

To see the desktop

1.
Press .

All open windows shift to the edges of the screen so you can see the desktop (Figure 20).

2.
To release Exposé, press again.

To switch from one Exposé view to another

Press the shortcut key for the other view.

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