Using Mission Control

In this lesson for macOS Mojave, I look at how we can manage our open windows and full-screen apps using Mission Control and Spaces on the Mac.

What is Mission Control
Mission Control is an application on your Mac that allows you to see all your open windows from the Finder and your open apps as thumbnails. Top bring a window open, you then click on it. You can also see all your full-screen apps as Spaces at the top of the display, just click on the Space to bring that Space forward. By using Mission Control, you can easily find a specific window even if you a number of windows open, and you can create and go to a specific Space to help keep all your open applications and windows organized.

Viewing all your Open Windows from all your Open Applications
To view all the open windows as thumbnails, you need to open Mission Control. There are several ways to do the, you can open the application in your Applications folder. But that’s not efficient. So then what I recommend is keeping it in your Dock so you can easily click on the app in the Dock to open Mission Control. You can also use a keyboard shortcut – the command key and up arrow key. If you have a trackpad, you can also swipe up with three fingers on your trackpad. When you open Mission Control, you will see all your windows from the Finder and your apps in thumbnails scattered across your display. If you hover over a window thumbnail, the folder name or app name will show above the window. Click on it to bring it forward.

Viewing your Spaces
When you open an application in full screen, it opens into a Space. When you open Mission Control at the top of the display, you will see all your spaces. If you move the cursor over top of a space, you will also see a thumbnail. Just click on a space to move to that space.

Creating New Spaces and Removing Spaces
To create a new space, move your cursor to the top right while in Mission Control, you will see a ‘+’. Click on it to create a new space. From there you can drag any open windows in Mission Control to that Space. To close a space, move your cursor over a Space and click on the ‘x’ above it.

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

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