When it comes to multitasking, Apple has long been at the forefront of trying to make it easier for users to switch between applications or workstations. Hot Corners, one of the most useful but often overlooked features on a Mac, lets you use all four corners of the screen and perform a specified function. You don’t even have to be on the latest version of macOS because Hot Corners has been around for years. Let’s see how to use this little-loved feature and how to get started using Mac Hot Corners more productively.

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When it comes to speed dials and multitasking, Apple has long been trying to establish itself as the computer of choice. Between features like Mission Control, Spaces, and Hot Corners, an attempt is really made to facilitate a quick recovery between missions. Hot Corners is truly one of macOS best kept secrets. By quickly moving the trackpad or mouse to any corner of the desktop, you can immediately return to your desktop or view all application windows. It’s a simple thing, but you never know how much you’ll appreciate it until you start using it. Follow the instructions below and try Hot Corners. You will be glad you did.

Configure Hot Corners settings

1. Start by opening “System Preferences”. To do this, either click the System Preferences app in the dock (gray icon) or go to Apple in the upper-left corner by clicking the drop-down menu and clicking System Preferences.

2. Once in the System Preferences menu, look for something called Mission Control. It is usually in one of the top rows below the name and iCloud information.

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3. Click Mission Control, and then click “Hot Corners” in the lower left corner of the screen.

4. This is where the magic begins, as you can now click on any of the four available “active screen corners” and assign a function to it. A total of nine functions are available, including:

  • Task management
  • Application windows
  • Office
  • Notification Center
  • Starting the ramp
  • Launch the screen saver
  • Disable the screen saver
  • Set the monitor to standby mode
  • Lock screen

5. Define one of these nine options for each possible angle. Once you have selected your settings, all you have to do is move the mouse or trackpad cursor to any of the four corners to perform the function.

If you want to remove the function from a hot corner and / or redefine the angle, follow the instructions above to return to the same menu where you can make changes. Alternatively, you can turn off the Hot Corners by following the same steps and leaving each of the four drop-down menus in just “-” and clicking “OK.” Simple!

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Now that you know how to use Mac Hot Corners, you can also set your application window to be “always on top” to improve productivity. You can also learn how to quickly view the file path on a Mac.

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