I don’t know what you’ve been doing on a Mac if you haven’t been using these yet.
OS X Lion: System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners
OS X Not Lion: System Preferences > Dashboard and Expose > Hot Corners
For anyone that isn’t you using your computer, hot corners are the bane of your computer’s existence. They’ll move your mouse around and random shit will happen and it’ll trip them up.
For anyone that is you using your computer (and really, you should be the only one. Personalize the shit out of your computer so it works for you), these will transform your world.
Things you can do with hot corners (pick any four):
- See all windows (Mission Control on Lion)
- See just the windows of the currently activated application
- See your desktop / slide all viewable windows over to the side
- Activate your screensaver (useful when you’re on facebook in class and the professor is walking around)
- Put your display to sleep (also useful for aforementioned purpose)
- View dashboard (which will eventually be rendered almost useless as you follow this blog and find better ways to do everything you currently use your dashboard for)
- Disable screensaver (although this is dumb because all you need to do for that is move your mouse; UX flaw of a Mac, perhaps OR I just don’t see its utility and it’s a flaw of…me, I guess?)
My settings —
- Top left: Application windows
- Bottom left: Display to sleep
- Top right: See desktop
- Bottom right: Mission Control / All windows
One of the most underrated utilities here is putting your display to sleep. It’s not putting your computer to sleep. Just the display, which is also the biggest power-sucker of your computer.
That said, when you’re using your computer for music but nothing else, put the display to sleep.
When you’re watching a movie on an external display but not using the main laptop display, put your display to sleep.
When you’re trying to focus on your books or the paper in front of you but you need the laptop as a quick ref, put your display to sleep. It’ll wake up the second you move your mouse.
This is a huge battery saver in the short- and long-term. More on how that works tomorrow.