Mission Control OS X El Capitan

Starting with OS X El Capitan, we now have a redesigned Mission Control that’s smarter and more efficient. Now, all of your apps are easily viewable with just a swipe up gesture on your trackpad. Because macOS now arranges all windows in a single layer, it’s easier than ever to see everything that you have open on your Mac.

Mission Control also places windows in a position relative to where they currently are on your screen. This makes it easier to quickly locate the specific app that you’re looking for when entering and exiting Mission Control

But that’s not all. Mission Control now allows you to easily place an app on a different desktop or in its own full screen view by simply dragging the app towards the top of the interface. Watch our video walkthrough and see how it all comes together.

It’s not a gargantuan update, but Mission Control is now more practical and functional than it was before. I love how easy the windows are to find now, and I love how everything is arranged according to its relative place on your desktop.

As you saw in the video, Mission Control can also be used to take advantage of macOS’ new Split View. We’ll have more information on this iPad-inspired feature in an upcoming walkthrough.

What are your thoughts on the new Mission Control? Are you a fan?

  • kevin chang

    hey jeff change the privacy of your video 🙂

  • Ryan

    My spotlight search hasn’t updated. I type in weather, and nothing happens. Still connected to the internet and everything…

  • Carlos Medina

    None of the features are working for me.

  • Tobiyes

    Mac OS Tiger! Welcome back!

  • George

    I’m on the public beta and still haven’t gotten an update.

  • Zen Kaojarern

    Hey, Jeff. Thank you for the informative article. But I have one problem using the new mission control. The MC starts without the preview of each desktop. This is making it difficult finding which apps are in which desktop. I know I can hover the mouse over and make it happen, but it seems unintuitive and requires a lot of gesture. Do you know a way to show the preview by default?

    • shahbsus

      let me know if you get a solution to this one Zen. I am similarly frustrated by the two step process to click on each desktop to see what’s in it ! seems like a step backwards

      • Zen Kaojarern

        Sure, and likewise.

      • shahbsus

        Hi Zen, I found that if I use active corners and access mission control that way, I’m now able to see the full desktop thumbnail like before rather than the annoying grey bar with list of desktops. Some relief for now !

      • Zen Kaojarern

        Wow, thank you. This is much better.

      • Gus-Luc

        You’re not the first ones to complain about this.
        I’m pretty sure it’ll be fixed with the next osX update.

        Or at least, I hope so.

      • shahbsus

        I hope so too ! Come to think of it, perhaps they’ve struggled to integrate the side by side window implementation without mimicking windows or apps like Bettersnaptool without keeping this opaque interface. I still use Bettersnaptool rather than the full screen multiple window option which throws me off a bit

      • shahbsus

        Hi Gus-Luc, I found that if I use active corners and access mission control that way, I’m now able to see the full desktop thumbnail like before rather than the annoying grey bar with list of desktops. Some relief for now !

  • grapecrush

    Desktop previews are still missing in Mission Control after OSX 10.11.1 update. I used four finger swipe up and a bottom hot corner to see my desktop previews. I had to move my hot corner to the top and get used to it. Also, set up BetterTouchTools to use 4 finger swipe up to see previews, but there is a slight lag and sometimes it doesn’t work on the first try. One step forward, two steps back Apple. Figures. Very annoying.

  • Sashineb

    Fool that I am, I downloaded this “wonderful” new operating system the day they released it. It’s forever locking up, or not responding, and that happens in several of the apps. Mission Control doesn’t work with a damn, either. If you like watching a spinning beach ball, you will love El Capitan.

  • Jimtaryon

    Spaces was one feature where mac was better than windows, hands down. Now that windows is adding spaces, Mac decided to make theirs more clunky and less user friendly.

    Anyone know how to downgrade this clunky pice of crap back to older version?

    Or….anyone want to venture a guess at how to make spaces not auto minimize itself, thus hiding all the windows this idiot review is actually claiming are now easier to find?

  • Cool but where did the icons go? Most of my windows look white.

    • Eli

      Yeah – this is a huge problem. How can I quickly navigate to the right program without the program icons?

      • Okay so we can do this Eli 🙂
        OS X El Capitan – Apple menu > System Preferences, click Mission Control, then select “Group windows by application