How to use Mission Control in OS X El Capitan

Mac OS X El Capitan's Mission Control has been streamlined to make it even easier to see and organize everything you have open on your Mac. 

With a single swipe, Mission Control arranges all your windows in a single layer so you can find the window you need even faster. If you're not familiar with the feature, Mission Control lets you manage windows across multiple monitors or virtual desktops.

The feature, formerly known as Expose, has been around since OS X Lion. However, it's learned some new tricks in El Capitan.

However, you zoom the same way as you did before. To see all your open windows, do the following:

From a trackpad: Swipe up using three or four fingers. 

 

From the keyboard: Press the Mission Control key. Or, press Control-Up Arrow.

Your open windows are grouped by app. To go to a window, click it. You can also click the thumbnail images at the top of the screen to go to full-screen apps and spaces. To leave Mission Control, swipe again or press the key(s) you used to enter Mission Control.

To move all windows out of the way and view the desktop, press Command (⌘)-Mission Control key. Or, press F11. (On a portable keyboard press Fn-F11.)

You can also spread out on your trackpad with your thumb and three fingers.

To move the windows back to their places, press the keys again.

You can also spread in on your trackpad with your thumb and three fingers.

To turn on or change the trackpad gestures, use Trackpad preferences. To open Trackpad preferences, choose Apple menu > System preferences, then click Trackpad.

To see all open windows for the app you’re currently using, press Control-Down Arrow. You can also swipe down on your trackpad with three fingers. To return the desktop to normal, press the keys again. You can also swipe up on your trackpad with three fingers.

To turn on or change the trackpad gestures, use Trackpad preferences. To open Trackpad preferences, choose Apple menu > System preferences, then click Trackpad.

To set Mission Control preferences and shortcut, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Mission Control. Select the checkboxes to turn on any Mission Control preferences.

In Mission Control on El Capitan, multiple windows of the same app are no longer stacked on top of each other. They're displayed in a single layer.

Another change is the desktop spaces in the banner at the top of the screen are displayed only as text labels. You won't see the desktop thumbnails until you mouse over the banner.

OS X El Capitan is available as a free update from the Mac App Store. The operating system upgrade supports all Macs introduced in 2009 and later, and some models introduced in 2007 and 2008.