4 Finger Spread = Show Desktop...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Steve's Barber, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    I can't do it. Another day of trying and I'll get carpel-tunnel. I'd have better luck using my feet.

    It works 1 out of 10 tries. What's the trick?
  2. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    Use 5 fingers. It's easier like that
  3. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

    Aug 18, 2005
    I was just studying this.

    I get it to work nearly every time, and I have an old trackpad with a button (imagine a trackpad that is slightly smaller than the unibody ones, then lop off another 2/5 for the button).

    I have 4 fingers swipe up as mission control, but if I put a thumb and three fingers, and swipe the three fingers up, it activate mission control, not show desktop - thus the key is to actually move your thumb as well.

    I think of it just like the 2-finger pinch/spread, except the index finger is three fingers joined as one unit. that is, just do the 2-finger spread/pinch, but lock your middle and ring finger with your index.
  4. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    Use your thumb and not the pinky. Works for me.
  5. Steve's Barber thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    Indeed it is. Thanks. Funny how 5 finger swipes are nowhere to be found.
  6. chemistry76 macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011
    Yea, I use a 5 finger swipe "out" to show the desktop, and a 5 finger swipe "in" for launchpad. No need for either one on the doc, and it actually makes launchpad useful with such quick & easy access.

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