Mac OS X F11 Key

I have been using a PowerBook G4 for nearly two years and just today I figured out something that I wish I had known a long time ago.

Here is a scenario… When I have too many application windows opened and I need to see the desktop, I would normally minimize and shuffle around all the windows. As you can imagine, this is very annoying prone. So today not unlike Columbus, I discovered something that might have been known to a whole continent! If you hit F11 on OS X all your windows will fly to the edge of the screen leaving you with an undisturbed view of the desktop. Kewl!

If anyone else has any tips like this holla at me, that is drop me a line!

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7 Responses to “Mac OS X F11 Key”

  • Daniel Says:

    F9,F10,F11,F12 are some useful shortcut keys

  • TechKnow Says:

    Yeah, on my PowerBook, F9-F10 control the light on the keyboard. F11 is really useful as I explained. And F12 shows/hides your widgets! For me F11 is the most useful of them all. The one short cut key that I have a question about is F7, but I think it might be projector related.

  • Emily Y. Says:

    This feature is called Expose(accent on the e). I believe it’s been around since OS10.3

    I love it. I use it all the time. Also, you can customize it so that you can make these functions come up if your mouse goes to certain corners of the screen. For example, I’ve set it so that if the mouse goes the the very upper right corner, it will move everything out of the way and show the desktop. This usually scares the people who happen to use my ibook. Then I have to explain that they just need to do the same thing and everything will come right back.

  • Curtis Says:

    I posted a few shortcuts on my blog but I think the only one I posted which you didn’t mention would be a screenshot shortcut. Just apple shift 4 and then click-drag the area to take a picture of.

  • TechKnow Says:

    Thanks. I didn’t know about the shift 4 short cut to take pictures. I use the Grab utility.

    Speaking of F# short cuts, Jon Stewart had Bill Gates on the Daily Show recently and asked Bill, ‘What does the F12 button do?’ The whole interview is kinda funny…

    And for those that are stuck on Windows you can hit the Start+d to show the desktop.

  • Todd Says:

    Also interesting, if you have a mighty mouse, is to hold down Control and scroll up and down. Not incredibly practical for everyone, but it sure is fun.

  • Michael Says:

    An interesting thing about using Exposé to move all the windows out of the way is that if you want to drag a file from the desktop (e.g. a file you just downloaded) into an application window (e.g. drag an image into a Word document) you can hit F11 to reveal the desktop, start dragging the file icon, and then hit F11 (while holding the mouse button down) to bring the windows back as they were, before dropping the icon. Another trick is to then (while still holding the icon) hit command-tab to selectively reveal just the application you want to drop the file onto.

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