2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 22, 2013 6:00 AM by ldhackman
ldhackman Level 1 (0 points)

Hi everyone,


I just updated my mid-2010 MacBook Pro to the OS X Maverick. However, a friend of mine has Mountain Lion, and she has this really cool function that lets her swipe the keyboard to change the view from one "screen" to another, so for example she might have word open in one screen and safari in another. Can I do it in OS X Maverick as well? And if it isn't possible in Maverick, can I somehow update it so that I get the function? I've been trying to do the same with mine but it isn't working.. Really keen to get it to work as it would make life so much easier with writing essays and what not. I'm not very good with anything related to software, so forgive me if this seems like a silly question. Also, I'm not a native English speaker so my terminology might not be the best..




MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • arthur Level 5 (5,155 points)

    Not a silly question at all.


    The function is called Spaces, which lets you switch between different desktops. You can read about Spaces here: Mac 101: Using Spaces to organize your windows and applications (Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6)


    If you click the symbol with the two opposite arrows, in the upper right corner of the window of an application that supports it, an app will open in full-screen mode.


    Then you can configure the gestures that control Spaces in Applications > System Preferences > Trackpad > more gestures.


    On my mac, for example, if I do a three finger swipe upwards, it opens Mission Control. Mission Control organizes the different desktops in Spaces. I can open a new desktop for Spaces, remove a desktop, or switch apps between desktops.


    It probably doesn't make much sense when this is described in words, but if I were you I'd just jump in and experiment with it a bit. If you have more questions report back here.


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  • ldhackman Level 1 (0 points)

    Yay, got it to work! Thanks very much!!