MacBook owners are probably familiar with the many gestures that make interacting with a laptop much easier. However, not everyone knows how to call the preview function, Action Center or Exposè. Here are 10 multi-touch gestures that can help you save time and make your MacBook easier.
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Open and close Action Center with two-finger swipe
With the introduction of Siri support in macOS, users have the ability to save a variety of information, such as movie times, sports schedule, and even Finder results. The notification center, which contains all the reminders, calendar events, etc., is opened by swiping with two fingers from the right edge to the center of the trackpad.
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Launchpad helps you find, organize, and easily launch programs on your MacBook. You can start the mode by pinching your thumb and other three fingers together. This gesture will take a little bit of skill, but once you master it, it will be much easier to open Launchpad.
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To bring up the desktop, place your thumb and three other fingers on the trackpad and spread them apart. This is the most convenient way to access files saved on your desktop while you work.
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Show Mission Control
Swiping up with three fingers (on some MacBooks with four fingers) launches Mission Control, which lets you quickly see all open windows and spaces on your desktop. This feature is very convenient when working on laptops with small screens, as it provides an easy way to see what applications are open at the moment.
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Show all windows of the current application
When you work, you need to see a list of all open windows in the current application, swipe down with three fingers on the trackpad (on some MacBook models, the four-finger swipe). This action will call the Exposè function, which makes it easier to navigate among windows and applications.
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Switching between desktops
Users with multiple desktops can easily switch between them by swiping with three fingers (or four in some MacBook models) left or right.
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Navigate between pages in Safari, Calendar, or rewind a video in QuickTime
Swiping horizontally with two fingers to the left or right on the trackpad when using the browser allows you to go to the next page or return to the previous one. This gesture also works in a number of other applications. For example, in Calendar you can switch between days or months this way, and in QuickTime you can fast forward or rewind a video.
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Preview of links in Safari, launching Quick Look
A three-finger tap while hovering over a word opens a pop-up window with the definition of the word. A light three-finger tap on a link in Safari opens a preview of the website page, and a tap on a text file or image will launch the Quick Look function.
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Zoom the currently viewed page in Safari
IPhone users are accustomed to the fact that on a mobile device, zooming is about pinching / spreading two fingers to zoom in / out, respectively. This principle also works in macOS.
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Everything is simple here. To rotate the image, place two fingers on the trackpad and rotate them 90 degrees, as long as the cursor is positioned over the image.