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Learn OS X Lion by Mike Lee, Scott Meyers

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Chapter  4

The Extended Desktop: Mission Control, Spaces, and Dashboard

Over the years, Apple has refined how users are able to view and manage multiple windows and applications. In Lion, a number of these technologies have come together in an extended desktop metaphor that melds the best from previous versions of Mac OS X with some iOS flavor. These technologies, which are now all seamlessly part of this extended desktop metaphor, include:

  • Mission Control
  • Spaces
  • Dashboard

The Extended Desktop

In Lion, Apple has introduced Mission Control, which ties Spaces and Dashboard together into a seamless extended desktop (Figure 4–1) and replaces the Exposé features. Using keyboard shortcuts you can easily navigate from view to view; however, this ...

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