Discussion in 'macOS' started by stockcerts, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I am fairly new to the Mac and I'm struggling to understand the benefit of Expose. I believe it was on and it was causing some things to move around when I had multiple windows open. I found it kind of annoying, but maybe it's because I don't understand the concept.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    its by far my favorite feature! it lets you see all your open windows
  3. ivi7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    It lets you see all your open windows and then you can choose the one you want.
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It's just an alternative way of application switching. On Macs you have several ways of switching between windows. Most of the ways exist with variation on other systems also.

    1) Clicking a window to bring it in focus and to the front (like on Windows and also like some Unix/Linux variants)

    2) Clicking on an application's dock icon brings its window(s) to the front and also focuses them (analogous to clicking on a taskbar entry in Windows and again in some Linux variants)

    3) You can use Apple-Tab to cycle through open applications and Apple-` to cycle through open windows of the current application (analogous to alt-tab and ctrl-tab, etc)

    4) You can do it visually using Expose (loosely analogous to the visual system in Vista and also to the one that I think is part of compiz in some linux distros). So for this last one, the idea is that you manipulate the screen so that you can see all the windows that are open at once, and pick the one you want.

    If you're fairly comfortable with the mouse, like a lot of us are, many of us like to set it up so that the mouse switches to Expose views by going to the corner of the screen (you can do this from System Preferences). Otherwise, it gets activated with function keys (which one is which is also listed in system preferences. It sounds like you're accidentally hitting the function keys.

    To be honest, I avoided it for the first few months on my Mac and ultimately started using it predominantly, although I use all four methods interchangeably. After a while, it became very intuitive to me, although occasionally I do it inadvertently.
  5. Kernow macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2005
    It can also be mapped to any extra mouse buttons that you have. I find this very useful, but if you aren't expecting it, or you hit a button accidently, it can send windows flying all over the place.
  6. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
    Honestly, i cannot live without Expose now.

    I was on a PC earlier and i started squeezing the mouse like mad to let me switch windows ;)

    Seriously, give it a go. You will be swapping between all your windows so quickly and easily after a while. My favorite OS X feature, by a mile.

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