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Hidden Features in Snow Leopard: Exposing Expose’s Hidden Features

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Hidden Features in Snow Leopard - Exposing Expose’s Hidden Features

Pressing F9 displays all open windows on the desktop as thumbnails.

Snow Leopard adds new functionality to Expose, Apple’s windows management system. Besides letting you view all open windows as thumbnails on the desktop, Expose now also works from the Dock, displaying only the windows associated with a particular Dock icon. For example, if you click and hold the Microsoft Word icon in the Dock, Expose will display all open Word documents.

Accessing Expose

There are various ways to access Expose; here are some of the basic methods for quick access.

  • F9: Displays all open windows as thumbnails on the desktop.
  • F10: Displays only the windows associated with the currently active (front most) application.
  • F11: Hides all windows to reveal the desktop.
  • Dock Icon: Click and hold a Dock icon to display only the windows associated with that icon’s application (same as using F10).

Hidden Expose Features

‘Hidden’ may not be the correct description, but these Expose features are not as well known as others and they deserve a bit of notoriety.
With Expose active, try the following:

  • Arrange Expose windows by name: Press command+1 (the command key plus the number 1 key).
  • Arrange Expose by application: Press command+2 (the command key plus the number 2 key).
  • Application Switch: Press the tab key. This will cycle through each open application in Expose view, showing only the windows associated with each application.
  • Quick Look: Place your cursor over an Expose thumbnail and press the space bar to expand the thumbnail to full size.
  • Quick Window Select: Press the command key plus the first letter of the window’s name to bring that window to the front.

Expose and Dock Expose can make working with a large number of open applications and windows an easy process. These tips should help you become an Expose expert.

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