Multitasking on Macs has always been a sore spot. In fact, between Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, it is one of the main advantages Windows 11 It keeps getting over macOS.
Or so I thought.
Little did I know that macOS also has a neat productivity trick up its sleeve known as hot corners. It’s been around forever, but once I started using the feature, I couldn’t keep my hands off my Mac Mini, which helped me figure out how to use it to work around some of the shortcomings of macOS — and learn what Windows can do.
One of the things I use a lot in Windows is the ability to bring up the desktop with a single click. This is because I often stack my most used files on my desktop, as well as some applications that are important to my daily workflow. You can show your Windows desktop by clicking the thin line next to the date and time. It’s an important feature that’s been in Windows for a while, and it’s pretty simple.
Well, with Hot Corners on macOS, I can do the same. Hot Corners, found in System Preferences in the menu Desktop and screen saver, can be configured to use the corners of the screen to launch an app or menu automatically. Setting it up to show my desktop was one of the first things I wanted to try.
Once selected, Hot Corners now shows my desktop by hovering over the lower right side of the screen. This is what I often do in Windows, and now it works in macOS just as easily. It’s a really convenient way to peek at your desktop without having to minimize all your open windows.
Another thing I use a lot in Windows is Alt + Tab. This is a great way to switch between open applications. It is true that macOS has this feature as well. You will get a thin preview window, showing you icons of your open applications. However, the preview doesn’t show you what’s going on in your open windows, and it groups all your open apps together as one.
Well, since I’ve been using Windows for most of my life and being a Windows fan, I’ve discovered that the Application Windows functionality in Hot Corners is very similar to this. Once configured, I can hover my mouse at the top right of the screen and see all the states – open and minimized – of the application.
macOS will even show you the mini-instance of the app window at the bottom of the screen, with a quick way to bring it back up. It really helps me get back to Windows faster, just like Alt + Tab in Windows.
Snap Layouts in Windows lets you organize your open windows in different ways for better multitasking. The task of controlling macOS is somewhat similar to this. When I set it up through Hot Corners, I look at all of my open apps, just like clicking an option in the Snap Layout window. I can then click on one of them to bring it to the foreground as needed and then drag it where I want it on the screen.
Mission Control might not “close” the window for me like Snap Layouts do in Windows 11, but it’s similar in that you get a view of all the open apps and a full-screen preview of what’s happening in them to switch between them. for snap windows, I use Spectacle glasseswhich uses keyboard shortcuts similar to Snap Assist in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
The corner of the LaunchPad screen is similar to the Start menu
Well, I’ll finish with the last thing I noticed about Hot Corners. There is a slot to configure it to bring up the LaunchPad, which lists all the apps installed in macOS.
As a Windows fan, this really reminds me of the Start Menu. Anytime I move my mouse to click on the start menu, an app should always open.
With LaunchPad Hot Corner, I can easily open an app on my Mac, just like on Windows. Who knew it could be that simple? It might get me to finally start using LaunchPad as intended.
Hot corners are Just another way I’m slowly turning around To a Mac fan. I’ve already talked about how I’ve been drawn to in the past by the M1 chip and the Mac Mini which is already improved and faster than my mainframe (Surface Laptop Studio).
with Cool new features Like Stage Manager, Continuity Camera and an updated mail app coming in the next version of macOS, I may be turning away for good soon.