Lion introduces the use of some new Multi-Touch gestures. These gestures work on your track pad or Magic Mouse and preeeeetty cool if you ask me.
- View Mission Control: Swipe up with three fingers
- Switch between full-screen apps: Swipe three fingers to left or right
- Tap to Zoom: Double-tap the trackpad with two fingers
- Pinch to Zoom: Move your thumb and finger on trackpad to pinch
- Swipe to Navigate: Swipe left or right with two fingers
To get your apps in full-screen mode, just click the two little arrows in the top right corner of your app. Once you’re there, you can go up to the right corner of your screen and click the “exit full-screen” button. (It will just be the same button only blue.)
Mission Control shows you everything that’s running on your Mac. The row of thumbnails up top shows Dashboard, desktop spaces, and your full-screen apps. The lower part of Mission Control shows an Expose view of your open windows.
You can use gestures inside here as well–swipe up and your desktop will zoom to mission control and swipe left or right to move to the next/previous Mission Control item.
You can create multiple desktop spaces just by going up to the very top right corner of the screen and click on the (+) button.
What to do if you’re going crazy
There are a couple of features that have people feeling flustered. Reverse scrolling, anyone? I know it’s supposed to be cool, but I don’t know if I can handle it.
Thankfully it’s very easy to turn off. Just go to System Preferences + Mouse (or trackpad) and uncheck the natural scrolling. Problem solved.
If Dashboard as a full-screen app is driving you crazy and slowing you down, you can disable that under Mission Control System Preferences.
And if you liked having your scrollbars visible, you can just go to General settings and select “Show scroll bars.”
What do you think about Lion? Are you loving or hating it? What’s your favorite new feature?