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Launchpad And Mission Control

Launchpad And Mission Control

How To Make Lion More Like Snow Leopard

So, you have finally uploaded your Mac system to the latest version, Lion from the Mac App Store. You are very excited with several of its new features but there are still some areas where you wish in your heart that you can get back to the Snow Leopard version and wants things to be done in this way.

Although, trying out new things can be quite sensible at times but, if even after trying them out you still do not like them, there is always a way back to older ways.

Below mentioned is a brief guide through which you can perform several of functions within the Lion in the way of Snow Leopard which might come into very handy at many times.


Scrolling Direction

The very first experience of a default and changed scrolling direction can turn out to be quite annoying many times. If you really want to get this option changed to original, simply go to the scroll and then to the Zoom tab within the Trackpad preference pane or the mouse pane, whichever is being used. In the first option, uncheck the option of Scroll Direction and then Natural. In the second option, uncheck the option of Move Content within the direction of the finger movement during navigation and scrolling.


If you are using a trackpad, then you must be very well aware that you might be using a number of gestures for the purpose of switching windows, accessing to certain features and zooming in and out in Lion. Many of these gestures a very differing attitude as it was in Snow Leopard. These gestures can be changed or altered within the trackpad pane on the tab of More Gestures.


Within the Finder option, there have been made several changes in the Lion version that might enforce the user to alter the way in which a particular task is being worked. Following is the way through this alteration can be adjusted.

All My Files

The Finder has a default sidebar of a new item named as All My Files and it has the tendency to show all of the files through which a user can work with. However, if you hold many files within it, this feature might be very confusing. In order to change it, press and hold the Command key and drag the particular item from the sidebar.


Airdrop is a very useful way to transfer files from one Mac to the other Mac, however, if you do not have more than one Mac or does not have an activity to transfer files between the two, you can also remove this application by holding down the Command key and drag it out of the sidebar from where it will be gone.


In the previous versions, Dashboard only displayed the presently running applications. In the latest Mission Control, the overall concept is close to a virtual desktop. So, if you invoke in a keyboard shortcut of the Dashboard or use any hot corner so as to get it activated, your windows will tend to slide out in the side making Dashboard to appear out in the view. In order to make the Dashboard overlay other running windows as was the case in Snow Leopard, go to the Mission Control pane and uncheck the option of Show Dashboard As Space.

Get Rid Of The Dock Icons

Within the Dock, there are two new icons added in by default. The first one is for the Lauchpad and the other one for Mission control. However, if you are not using these features frequently and also do not want your Dock to get cluttered up, you simply drag out one or both of the icons from the Dock. But, there will be still present the option of using hot corners or keyboard shortcuts so as to gain access to the features. Though, you might not be able to reverse back to the Expose feature of Snow Leopard, but you can still use the similar hot corners and shortcuts you used within the Expose feature of the Lion’s Mission Control. Moreover, if you want to adjust the settings for those keyboard shortcuts and hot corners, you can simply visit the Mission Control pane.

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