How to Tame macOS Hot Corners Using Modifier Keys

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In macOS, the Hot Corners feature turns each of the four corners of your screen into a designated action, allowing you to quickly access certain functions built into the system, such as Mission Control, Notification Center, the Screen Saver, and more. Many Mac users would agree, there's something satisfying about bringing up these commonly used functions with a simple, swift cursor movement.


    What isn't so satisfying, however, is accidentally triggering a Hot Corner, which can lead to all kinds of unintended desktop behavior - like application windows flying all over the place. This can happen when you lose track of the mouse cursor, or when you're working within the confines of a small MacBook screen. Thankfully, there's a way to tame wayward Hot Corners using modifier keys. Here's how.

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  2. LinusR macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
  3. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    Superb tip. That's what I like about Macs: no matter how long you've been using them there's always something new to learn.
  4. Scooz macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2012
    Ah, great column. Always with small details I hadn‘t thought about. Today’s is a perfect example.
  5. Sven11 Suspended

    Sep 25, 2010
    For a second I thought macOS Hot Corners would be the name of the next macOS version. lol
  6. Naaaaak macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2010
    I don't know anyone who knew of this. Nice writeup.
  7. martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
  8. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
  9. R10k macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2017
    Great tip! I know a crazy amount about the Mac but this is new!
  10. dng macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2004
    Cool! Sounds like the feature isn’t very discoverable though. Maybe there should be text or footer somewhere about possibility of holding down modifiers
  11. jacjustjac macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    New York, NY
    Wow, I thought I knew everything... how long has this been around?
  12. mrgraff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    I use hot corners all the time, but do get confused for a second when I forget and bump the mouse and things disappear. This tip is great!
  13. ignatius345, May 24, 2018
    Last edited: May 24, 2018

    ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    [raises hand]

    Generally in the Mac's UI, there are often alternate commands available when, aptly, you hold down the Option key. As a fun (for nerds anyway) experiment, click menus in whatever app you're using and hit Option, see what changes.

    Here's Safari > Edit menu with and without Option pressed:

    iMac 2018-05-24 at 2.11.21 PM.png iMac 2018-05-24 at 2.10.21 PM.png

    Hot corners and screen edges are great for triggering things in a cursor-based interface because they're such an incredibly easy target to hit. This is one of the first things Apple did better than Windows, which always put your menu bar inside the window so you have to be way more careful with your cursor targeting. On the Mac, you just shove your cursor UP as much as you want and you know it'll stop on its own.

    But yeah, it's a little too easy sometimes. What I really want is a tiny time delay for hot corners so they still work without extra key presses, but you're buffered against your cursor inadvertantly triggering something you don't want.
  14. MacBH928 macrumors 68030


    May 17, 2008
    is there a way to temporary cancel the hotcorners, like a key combination or something similar
  15. saqib1397 macrumors newbie


    May 29, 2018
  16. mingravity macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2013
    aah awesome tip. something i use all the time and bothered be many a time.

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