Dragging and Dropping with Mission Control

When you’ve got multiple windows and applications open on your Mac, moving items between them can seem like a daunting prospect. I’ve found myself in this position a lot, especially now that I use DEVONthink Pro Office almost exclusively as my Finder replacement now (amongst other things!). Dragging items out from it for insertion into other documents often seemed like more effort than it was worth.

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Hot Corners in macOS

When you are looking to navigate between windows and applications on your Mac, Mission Control can be a wonderful utility. One feature within Mission Control, Hot Corners, helps elevate Mission Control to a higher level, greasing it's wheels and allowing your screen to fly through apps with the flick of a wrist.

Hot Corners allow you to invoke one of several pre-defined configurations when you move your mouse cursor to one of the four corners of the display. These are:

  • Mission Control
  • Application Windows
  • Desktop
  • Dashboard
  • Notification Centre
  • Launchpad
  • Start Screen Saver
  • Disable Screen Saver
  • Put Display To Sleep

For me, the most used function is Desktop. Rightly or wrongly, I tend to place documents that I'm using in the current session of work on the desktop. By configuring a Hot Corner to show me the desktop, I can grab the file I need swiftly and either embed within the current application or open as needed. This is quicker than doing so with a keyboard shortcut because my hand doesn't need to leave the trackpad.

I also have the top right corner set up to open the Notification Centre. Yes, I know that the icon for Notification Centre is in the status bar. Also, I know that I can swipe in with two fingers from the right of the screen to access it - but the former requires a touch more thinking about in order to click on the icon (not a lot I know, but enough) and the latter quite often doesn't work on the first attempt and requires multiple efforts to open. A mindless sweep of the wrist to the top right hand corner of the screen cannot fail - nor does it. It's hard to miss that.

Configuring Hot Corners is a simple affair.

Step 1 - open System Preferences

Step 2 - select Mission Control

Step 3 - click the Hot Corners button in the bottom left hand corner.

Step 4 - configure your corners by using the drop down boxes. If you do not wish to assign an action to a corner, select the - option instead.

Give it a go. If you don't like it - well, you can turn it off! It's worth a crack though.