What is the purpose of mission control?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by cloneman, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. cloneman macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2013
    I have never understood the purpose of this. Hidden and Minimized windows do not appear in it, so it is not really a true picture of all the applications you might be interested in switching to. I end up ignoring it completely for this reason, I only use CMD+Tab and cmd +`.
  2. bmac89 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2014
    Spaces & Expose in Snow Leopard was better. It showed minimised windows also. Some things I like about mission control, however it certainly isn't as powerful as the old spaces & expose.

    You can get an app called Totalspaces which allows you to have Snow Leopard like spaces in the new OSX plus extra features. I tried the free trial a while back and it worked well. I can't remember if it shows the minimised windows but I'm guessing it probably would.

    Someone might be able to chip in or you can try the 2 week free trial.
  3. ricede macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2010
    No it doesn't show the minimised windows.
    Small price to pay for an otherwise great litle app.
  4. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    its just to show what programs are running on that desktop. Or back to the childhood days when a teacher would come and you would do that and switch to a different program:p
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I liked Exposé as well. They also introduced this Dock Exposé in Snow Leopard with which a simple press and hold on a Dock icon would show all application windows. They replaced that with a separate menu item now. However, this ‘Dock Exposé’ also shows minimised or hidden windows.
  6. e93to macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2015
    I actually prefer Mission Control over Expose.

    App called Hyperdock shows previews of all open windows if mouse curser is on the dock icon (like Windows 7). And two finger swipe can move app windows to another space/desktop. It also gives "snap" feature as well.
  7. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    It's for quick switching between non-minimized windows and handling multiple desktops/full-screen apps.

    Perhaps it should show minimized windows...
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    It works just fine for me. I use multiple desktops and lock apps to a particular one at times. A quick 2-finger tap of the magic mouse shows me all of my desktops and it's very quick. I can grab what I want from there.

    Some users have no use for it, some of us use it constantly. It has good value to me. If you don't like it, I think it can be turned off but don't quote me on this. I just seem to remember reading how to turn it off a while back.
  9. Horizon Man macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    I use it all the time. To switch between workspaces, apps, or even windows within an app.

    I have my mouse so the button under the wheel opens Mission Control and a side button opens Show Application Windows.

    If you want to see minimised windows, if you are in the app, you can use Show Application Windows (right click on Mission Control icon) to see all of its windows, including minimised ones.
  10. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    It's a failed brainchild of that Ferengi guy...

    Sorry I meant Federighi... :rolleyes:

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