5 More Secret Features In OS X Lion

5 More Secret Features In OS X Lion
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OS X Lion has been out for over a week now, and now that you’ve had a chance to try Lifehacker’s 10 favourite secret features of the new operating system, here’s five more to test out.

1. Reveal the Dock while using a fullscreen app

Lion’s fullscreen apps sure are pretty, but they can slow you down by hiding many navigation elements of the operating system. If you want to reveal the dock while in full screen mode to quickly switch to a new program, TUAW reveals that you can simply rest on the bottom of the screen (or left or right side, if that’s where you keep the Dock), then push it down as if you’re trying to move beyond the edge of the monitor. It’s not a natural movement, but the dock does come out of hiding as advertised.

2. Put your contact info on the lock screen

Though it was possible to do this in Snow Leopard with third party apps, Lion now allows you to place a personal message with your contact information on the lock screen for any good samaritan that should stumble upon your lost laptop. To enable the feature, just go to your “Security & Privacy” preference pane, check the box labelled “Show a message when the screen is locked”, and fill in your information.

3. Move applications out of your Applications folder

Lion removed the ability to drag application files into a different folder, and instead only creates an alias for the program in the new folder while keeping the actual app package in the Applications folder. Luckily, Tested points out that you can still easily move applications to your heart’s content by holding down the Command key as you drag.

4. Use Quick Look in Stacks

Ever since the release OS X Leopard, Stacks and Quick Look have been great tools for quickly accessing and checking files without opening a new window. Unfortunately, OS X bafflingly omitted the ability to use Quick Look from within a Stack, forcing you to open a new Finder window. No more. Just mouse over your file in any stack and hit the spacebar as you normally would to get a quick preview of its contents.

5. Use the spacebar to zoom in on Mission Control thumbnails

If you keep a lot of windows open, it can be tough to see exactly what each one contains in Mission Control, especially on a tiny MacBook Air screen. Thankfully, Tested reveals that you can quickly zoom in on any window without exiting Mission Control by mousing over it and tapping the spacebar. Hit space again to shrink it back down.

These secrets will only get you started with unravelling Lion, so check out the rest of Lifehacker’s coverage:


  • Heck, if I’m not able to access the dock in fullscreen mode like I am able to with cinch in 10.6 then there is no way I’m upgrading to Lion.

    The only feature I wanted was native fullscreening and I was already annoyed over the fact that they removed the blue scroll bars.

  • Good to see you can still move non apple apps out of the apps folder…

    But on Snow Leopard I liked being able to move the apple ones too. Put DVD player, etc, in ‘utilities’. Seriously, there were some apps in the main bit that just didn’t belong there.

    Can’t do it now 🙁 can do aliases I guess, but only once I figure out how to remove those damn arrows.

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