MULTITASK WITH YOUR MAC

Mac LifeAugust 2020

MULTITASK WITH YOUR MAC
GIVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY A BOOST BY UTILIZING THE MANY MULTITASKING FUNCTIONS OF YOUR MAC AND i OS DEVICE TO PERFORM MULTIPLE TASKS AT ONCE

Make use of split–screen

WHILE MANY OF us keep lots of apps open on our Macs, it can often make focusing on the task at hand a little problematic. Thankfully, our Macs feature a neat built–in feature that allows you to run apps in split-screen, which is incredibly handy for studying, for example.

> Using split–screen

Assigning two different apps to tiles on either side of the screen can greatly improve your focus because it cuts out all other distractions.

> EXITING SPLIT–SCREEN

You can exit split–screen mode at any time by hovering your cursor over the green circle in the top– left and then choosing the “Exit Full Screen” option.

> ACCESS THE MENU BAR

Your Mac’s menu bar is removed in split–screen mode, but you can access it easily at any time simply by moving your mouse cursor to the top of the screen.

> TILED APPS

When you tile windows to the left and right of the screen, equal prominence is given to each one while blocking out everything else from your desktop.

> DRAG THE DIVIDE

Allocate more screen space to one particular app by clicking and holding on the divider in the middle of the screen, then dragging it left or right.

HOW TO Set up split–screen

Setting up split–screen on Mac used to involve dragging apps to different sides of the screen, but the process has been made a lot more straightforward in macOS Catalina…

1 Select first app

To use split–screen mode you must first ensure that both of the apps that you would like to view are open and have a presence on your desktop.

2 Tile an app

Hover your cursor over the green circle in the top–left corner of one of the app windows and then choose to tile it to the left or right of the screen.

3 Pick second app

The first app will be tiled to one half of the screen and the other will be visible in the second half. Click on the other app and it’ll fill the other half.

Stepping away from your Mac

WHILE IN SIDECAR mode you can use your iPad to run macOS Catalina when you’re away from your Mac, providing you’re close enough to keep the Bluetooth connection alive. This, for example, allows you to move to another room to carry on working. Tap the keyboard icon in the sidebar and a small touchscreen keyboard will appear for typing.

HOW TO Use your iPad as a second screen

The release of the macOS Catalina and iOS 13/iPadOS updates introduced a useful new feature called Sidecar. This lets you connect your iPad to your Mac and use it as a second screen or graphics tablet — ideal for multitasking.

1 Open System Preferences

Sidecar gets a prominent space in Catalina. Go to System Prefs and you will see the Sidecar icon in the top level. Click it to explore the options.

2 Select options

There are only four options in the Sidecar panel: the Sidecar and Touch Bar positions, the option to enable double–tap on Apple Pencil, and an option to select the device.

3 Select an iPad

Click on the menu under “Connect to” and then select your iPad. It will need to be connected to the same iCloud account as the Mac and have Bluetooth turned on.

4 A second screen

The iPad will then display the Mac screen, or rather a second screen which you can play in. Take note of the sidebar and touchbar populating the edges.

Quick tip

LEAVING SIDECAR MODE

Tap the square/slash icon in the sidebar to disconnect your iPad from Sidecar mode and continue using it as normal.

5 Time to drag

You can drag apps between the Mac and iPad using the trackpad or mouse. An Apple Pencil will make the dual–screen format easier to use through both screens.

6 A second Dock

The Dock is also available to use on the iPad and will be represented very accurately on the smaller screen. It makes macOS feel completely at home on iPad.

Make use of Mission Control

DO YOU MAKE use of Mission Control? It eradicates the need to drag your open windows around your desktop to find something. Just hit a designated shortcut and all of your open windows will snap to a grid on your desktop.

Make use of Mission Control

DO YOU MAKE use of Mission Control? It eradicates the need to drag your open windows around your desktop to find something. Just hit a designated shortcut and all of your open windows will snap to a grid on your desktop.

> Using Mission Control

This utility can be set up to be activated by a keyboard shortcut. It presents all of your open apps in a unified view to make it easy to find what you want.

Quick tip

QUICK SWITCH

Your can switch between your Mission Control workspaces at any time simply by holding Ctrl and pressing the left or right arrow keys.

> OPEN APPS

Mission Control will present all your currently used apps and open folders in a neat arrangement on your desktop, making it easy to find stuff hidden away.

> YOUR SPACES

Mission Control also allows you to create different workspaces. Hover your cursor over “Desktop” to see your current workspace. Clicking “+” adds a new one.

> DOCKING BAY

Even when set to vanish when not in use, your Dock will be in Mission Control so you can expand reduced app windows to drag to a new space, or just switch apps.

> DRAG AND DROP

You can drag open apps and windows from the first workspace to the new one in the top bar for a cleaner, non–cluttered desktop for your open windows.

HOW TO Master Mission Control

Mission Control is easy to use, especially if you assign it to a shortcut or Hot Corner (see “Set Up Mission Control”). Here’s how to get to grips with it to aid your workflow.

1 Initiate Mission Control

Use your assigned shortcut or Hot Corner to initiate Mission Control and all of your open apps and windows will be displayed. Click on the one you need.

2 Create a space

Move your cursor to the top of the screen to show the spaces and then click “+” to add a new one. You can then drag apps and windows up to populate the new space.

3 Work cleanly

You can then select your new space and continue working in a clean desktop environment without apps and windows peppering the screen and confusing things.

Mission Control System Preferences explained

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