Using Hot Corners

In this lesson for macOS Mojave on the Mac, I look at how to use Hot Corners. With Hot Corners, you can set your Mac to do specific tasks by moving your cursor to one of the corners of your display. As an example, you can set it to when you move your cursor to the lower right corner of your display, your Mac will hide all the apps and windows and only show your Desktop. I use this feature on a daily basis.

Accessing Hot Corner Preferences
To set what you want you Mac to do when you move the cursor to a corner, you first open System Preferences. From here you can access Hot Corners from either the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane or the Mission Control preference pane. If you use the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane, you’ll need to make sure you are looking at the Screen Saver options to see Hot Corners.

Setting Hot Corners
Once you access Hot Corners preferences, you will see your display with four pulldowns, one for each corner. Just select what you want to happen when you move your cursor to a corner.

Hot Corner Options

  • – Start Screensaver: This option will start your screensaver.
  • – Stop Screensaver: This option will stop your screensaver.
  • – Mission Control: This option will open Mission Control.
  • – Application Window: This option will only show your current application windows as thumbnails and hide all the other windows.
  • – Desktop: This option will hide all the applications and windows and show the desktop.
  • – Dashboard: This option will display the Dashboard.
  • – Notification Center: This option will open the Notification Center.
  • – Launchpad: This option will open the Launchpad where you can see all your applications.
  • – Put Display to Sleep: This option will put your display to sleep.
  • – Lock Screen: This option will lock your screen. You’ll need the user account password to unlock the screen again.
  • – –: This option does nothing. If you select this and move your cursor to the corner, your Mac will not do anything. It’s like turning that Hot Corner off.

See this Lesson Action
To see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

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