How to assign Hot Corners on your Mac
How to assign Hot Corners on your Mac
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How to assign Hot Corners on your Mac

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Speaker 1: When you use your Mac every day, your screen can become a very busy place, but hot corners, let you take back control. I'm gonna show you how to set them up. Hot corners. Let you change your screen layout. When you drag your cursor to the corner of the screen, you can set them up to reveal your desktop, or to see open windows without needing to minimize everything or toggle the between apps to set up hot corners, go to system preferences, then click on desktop and screen saver. Then click on the screen saver tab and click on the hot corners [00:00:30] button in the bottom right of the window. This will bring up four dropdown boxes to assign actions to the four different corners of your screen. Some of them are pretty self explanatory, like starting the screen saver or locking your screen. But some of the other ones are a bit more specific to Macs and they're super handy. Speaker 1: First up is mission control. This gives you a kind of bird's eye view of all of the windows and applications that you have open right now. It also lets you switch between desktop spaces, basically allowing [00:01:00] you to set up a whole desktop of open windows and apps from scratch. This is perfect. If you wanna have, say one desktop for work and one for personal stuff, application windows is similar to mission control, but it just shows you open windows for the app you are currently using like multiple finder windows or multiple safari browsers. Then there's the top hot corner. This is a pretty basic one, but it is my favorite. It pushes all of your open windows to the edges of the screen to reveal your desktop. [00:01:30] Perfect. If you need to access folders quickly without minimizing every window manually notifications center brings up all of your notifications like calendar reminders or new emails. Speaker 1: It's also a great place to see where or news at a glance. And then finally there's launchpad this. One's like a one stop shop for launching all of your apps. It also lets you organize them to put your favorites at the top or group them into folders. It's kind of like the home screen on your iPhone. Once you've assigned hot corners, they become [00:02:00] active immediately. But if you need to remove one, just select the dash option from the dropdown menu. One last tip. If you like me and you move your cursor around a lot, then might activate hot corners accidentally, but you can also set them up so that they only work when you're holding down a specific key to do this, just hold down the shift control option or command key. As you're assigning a hot corner, you'll see a little symbol popup. Now you'll need to hold down that key as you move [00:02:30] your cursor to activate the hot corner. I can guarantee you though, once you set up hot corners, they're going to be a total game changer and save you a lot of time.

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