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rmbrown09
May 3, 2011, 04:48 PM
Did you know?
You can zoom windows and change their position to get a better look by scrolling on your magic mouse or trackpad? (And I'm guessing a regular mouse as well)
This works really great especially when you have multiple windows of one application behind each other.

Standard mission control opens to show this in this example.

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24302PM.png?t=1304459136

But if you move our mouse over say Mail and scroll up, we get this. Scroll back down to undo.

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24408PM.png?t=1304459192

Or in this case Chrome

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24355PM.png?t=1304459243



Patrick J
May 3, 2011, 04:49 PM
Would pressing space bar do the same thing?

rmbrown09
May 3, 2011, 04:50 PM
Would pressing space bar do the same thing?

It seems to work differently than the space bar.

Starfox
May 3, 2011, 08:27 PM
Show me a way to make Mission Control show my minimized windows and I'll be forever grateful.

dethmaShine
May 3, 2011, 08:56 PM
Thanks for the tip but I was aware of it.

Cheers.

roland.g
May 6, 2011, 11:34 PM
Show me a way to make Mission Control show my minimized windows and I'll be forever grateful.

I don't know about Lion but you can see them in SL. Just 4 finger drag down to see all apps. Windows that aren't minimized are large up top. All minimized windows appear in a row above the dock. If you have 5 Safari windows and they are or are not minimized just click and hold on the Safari dock icon and it will do the same for just that app. If you minimize every window from every app you will then get them all in a row along the dock.

vsoriano13
May 9, 2011, 02:36 AM
I don't know about Lion but you can see them in SL. Just 4 finger drag down to see all apps. Windows that aren't minimized are large up top. All minimized windows appear in a row above the dock. If you have 5 Safari windows and they are or are not minimized just click and hold on the Safari dock icon and it will do the same for just that app. If you minimize every window from every app you will then get them all in a row along the dock.

I'm pretty sure he's talking about Lion since he said 'Mission Control'. Anyway, I too am wondering if there's a way to see minimized windows.

sentience
Jul 7, 2011, 07:46 AM
To see minimized windows, you need to view all windows for a specific application. You can do this by: Choosing 'Show All Windows' from the application’s Dock menu. Three-finger swiping down (by default) on your trackpad. Holding Control and hitting the Mission Control (née Exposé) key on your keyboard

Also further to the Pro Tip above, you can also expand an application’s windows in Mission Control by four-finger unpinching instead of scrolling.

baryon
Jul 7, 2011, 08:00 AM
Cool, almost as useful as Snow Leopard! In SL you don't even need to do anything to see all your windows, without them covering each other :D

You can also see all your windows, in all spaces, at once! No need to click through all your spaces one by one to track down a window as in Mission Control...

MacsRgr8
Jul 7, 2011, 08:22 AM
It seems to work differently than the space bar.

Nice!
Spacebar I used before, but this "scroll to zoom-in slightly" is beautiful!

Tnx!
:)

pvinis
Jul 7, 2011, 08:45 AM
I really hope apple or someone else finds a way to show minimized windows..

BlackMangoTree
Jul 7, 2011, 09:00 AM
I really hope apple or someone else finds a way to show minimized windows..

I can't agree more. I think it's so pathetic they forgotten about minimised windows.

I won't be using Lion on my main work machine.

tkermit
Jul 7, 2011, 10:00 AM
I can't agree more. I think it's so pathetic they forgotten about minimised windows.

Yes (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12894956&postcount=5), we got (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=12892738&postcount=99) that (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=12885189&highlight=#post12885189) ... (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=12888575&highlight=#post12888575) :rolleyes:

*LTD*
Jul 8, 2011, 10:28 AM
Did you know?
You can zoom windows and change their position to get a better look by scrolling on your magic mouse or trackpad? (And I'm guessing a regular mouse as well)
This works really great especially when you have multiple windows of one application behind each other.

Standard mission control opens to show this in this example.

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24302PM.png?t=1304459136

But if you move our mouse over say Mail and scroll up, we get this. Scroll back down to undo.

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24408PM.png?t=1304459192

Or in this case Chrome

http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/ad306/pilla99/ScreenShot2011-05-03at24355PM.png?t=1304459243

Where'd you get that wallpaper?

Cougarcat
Jul 8, 2011, 10:49 AM
The scrolling trick still doesn't un-overlap the windows of an application. Why??

itzman
Jul 8, 2011, 12:13 PM
Where'd you get that wallpaper?

You can get it from nature folder for back ground settings

rmbrown09
Jul 8, 2011, 01:38 PM
You can get it from nature folder for back ground settings

Looking now I think they took out the SL wallpapers in the GM. I don't see them anymore like I did in all of the DP's.

I'm sure you can find it online though.

*LTD*
Jul 8, 2011, 02:14 PM
Looking now I think they took out the SL wallpapers in the GM. I don't see them anymore like I did in all of the DP's.

I'm sure you can find it online though.

Thank you, but never mind, I mistakenly looked at the linen background and wanted that. I haven't seen one good copy of it (large enough) on the web.

AdrianK
Jul 8, 2011, 03:09 PM
Thank you, but never mind, I mistakenly looked at the linen background and wanted that. I haven't seen one good copy of it (large enough) on the web.

I remember seeing a 1440*900 render in /System somewhere, can't find it now. Anyway, the tiles can be found in /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources... or here (http://d.pr/7iu3) =P

DKZ
Jul 8, 2011, 06:07 PM
The scrolling trick still doesn't un-overlap the windows of an application. Why??
Ya, I asked the same question. This is a nice and useful trick, but why doesn't it essentially invoke expose for the current app. With 4 or more Safari windows, you're going to have some almost completely obscured.

capoeira4u
Jul 8, 2011, 06:26 PM
Show me a way to make Mission Control show my minimized windows and I'll be forever grateful.

A lot of people have been complaining about this but I personally DON'T want to see what's minimized, because when I minimize something it means I don't want to be bothered by it. Previews of minimized app also takes up room and makes the preview of my opened windows smaller. Minimizing is an old habit we're used to to unclutter our desktop, but that's what Spaces is for. I'm pretty sure Apple wants you to utilize more full-screen apps and spaces, so instead of minimizing just launch Mission Control and drag the windows onto another space. But if you're really stuck on old habits of minimizing, the dock is still visible in Mission Control so you can see your minimized app right there.

On the other hand, my complaint is that the 'peek' function in Mission Control doesn't spread out your overlapped windows enough so you can clearly see it all. I wish there was a way to do App Expose directly from within Mission Control.

Miloh
Jul 8, 2011, 07:56 PM
Control + Down arrow will do the expose /w minimized windows on the application you are currently using.

DJRumpy
Jul 11, 2011, 10:51 AM
Apple made a bad assumption here, that if you want to see minimized windows, you are probably in the app containing the minimized windows. A bad assumption in my case. Typically I minimize windows that I don't use often and don't want them cluttering my desktop. I would then use a gesture to pull up Mission Control, find the window(s) and bring them forward. Unfortunately, this doesn't work. for minimized windows. I have to drop down to find either an existing window (hoping I haven't minimized them all), and then switch to the App Mission Control, or if I have, fidget with the icon on the dock (what's the point of mission control in this case if I still have to fall back to the dock to find an app?). It's very disruptive. The old process worked perfectly, with minimized windows having a small bit of real-estate at the bottom of the screen for easy retrieval.

This is just clunky and very un-Apple.

capoeira4u
Jul 12, 2011, 12:53 PM
Apple made a bad assumption here, that if you want to see minimized windows, you are probably in the app containing the minimized windows. A bad assumption in my case. Typically I minimize windows that I don't use often and don't want them cluttering my desktop. I would then use a gesture to pull up Mission Control, find the window(s) and bring them forward. Unfortunately, this doesn't work. for minimized windows. I have to drop down to find either an existing window (hoping I haven't minimized them all), and then switch to the App Mission Control, or if I have, fidget with the icon on the dock (what's the point of mission control in this case if I still have to fall back to the dock to find an app?). It's very disruptive. The old process worked perfectly, with minimized windows having a small bit of real-estate at the bottom of the screen for easy retrieval.

This is just clunky and very un-Apple.

My assumption that Apple named it Mission Control is because it's more focused on productivity. As you said, "I minimize windows that I don't use often and don't want them cluttering my desktop". So if it's minimized, then it's not adding to your productivity. That's why Apple also provides App Expose which will also show minimized windows.

Minimizing is a very old "Windows" habit that I had a hard time changing myself. The Apple's way is to use Spaces, which wasn't that good in SL, but is now a lot easier to use in Lion. Give it a try.

DJRumpy
Jul 12, 2011, 01:04 PM
You do realize that the App Expose doesn't show finder windows? At this point, nothing does if they are minimized unless you do a gesture on the finder icon itself. Tedious.

I could care less about 'app' windows. Mission Control is broken for me if it doesn't show everything.

kasakka
Jul 12, 2011, 02:00 PM
You do realize that the App Expose doesn't show finder windows? At this point, nothing does if they are minimized unless you do a gesture on the finder icon itself. Tedious.

I could care less about 'app' windows. Mission Control is broken for me if it doesn't show everything.

Finder windows are shown exactly the same way as other programs: select the program, do Application windows Expose.

I don't see the big hoopla about minimized windows. You already have a good indicator about them in your Dock. IMO minimizing windows isn't really that useful anyway, personally I'm not bothered by having tons of windows stacked on top of each other as long as I can get to them via Expose or other means. Those who like Windows 7's dock thumbnails should try Hyperdock, it's quite nice.

What doesn't work well is a single application having lots of windows. They get clustered together and sometimes even zooming doesn't show them properly because how they're arranged seems somewhat arbitrary. For example I had 4 Safari windows, in normal MC view I could not see much for the 3rd and in zoomed view the same window was hard to see too because it was behind several others. It should properly spread them out at least in zoomed view. Even though these days it's rare for a single application to have tons of windows, it does happen in image editors for example and that's where it's going to become a problem.