Mountain Lion OSX : Features

Mountain Lion OSX : Features

In this post I mention some of the features that I really like in the Mountain Lion OSX. I use a MacBook Pro from early 2011.Hence most of the stuff I mention here are trackpad relevant.

For the ones who are used to other operating systems there is a tendency to use the OSX as windows or Linux or any other OS.The below mentioned features make you use the OSX as a OSX.Some features are existing in the previous versions of OSX and some are new in the Mountain Lion OSX. The list is not exhaustive , I will keep adding new stuff regularly.

Launchpad :

Pinch the trackpad with the thumb and the other 3 fingers.The Launchpad comes up.Here you will find all the programs. You can do a two finger swipe to move between different pages of the Launchpad.

Mission Control:

You can have a birds-eye view of all the open windows by doing a 3 finger swipe upwards. If the three finger swipe does not work then check for the “System Preferences -> Trackpad -> More Gestures -> Mission Control”. The mission control can also be accessed using the key F3.


The Mountain Lion OSX is as close as it gets to an IPhone experience on a Mac. And with every new version of OSX the gap will be smaller than the previous.So if you had used a previous version of the OSX the default scroll direction in the Mountain Lion OSX will not be natural. But if you have been a Iphone user then the default scroll direction would feel natural. Anyways you can change the scroll direction by going to “System Preferences -> Trackpad -> Scroll & Zoom -> Scroll Direction: Natural”. Unchecking this box will make you go back to the scroll direction of the previous OSXs.

Fullscreen for programs:

Its always pleasant to have the program content on the full screen rather than share space with the tool bar,address bar,Menu Bar. To make a full screen click on the opposite pointing arrows at the top right corner of the program window.To exit the full screen move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen and click on the inward pointing arrows.If you have multiple fullscreen programs open then you can browse through them by doing a three finger swipe on the trackpad.If the three finger swipe does not work then check for the “System Preferences -> Trackpad -> More Gestures -> Swipe between fullscreen apps”.

Window Resizing:

In Mountain Lion now you can resize the windows by dragging any of its edges. This was not the case in the previous OSXs where the resizing was only possible by dragging the lower right corner of the window.

Quick Look:

You can have a quick look of any files by selecting the file and then hitting the space key. This gives a quick preview of the selected file.

Finder background:

Although of only aesthetic relevance you can change the background of the finder window when in icon view. First select the icon view. Then go to “view -> show view options”. Here you get an option to select a background. You can make this to be default  for your entire Mac by clicking the “Use as default ” button.

Select files or folders in Finder using keyboard:

In the Finder window you can directly select a folder or a file by typing its name.

Spring loaded folders:

There is a easy way of moving files between folders. You just drag and drop into the folders. The spring loaded feature helps in moving files between nested folders. You just need to drag the file onto a folder and wait until it opens the inner folder and do the same until you get to the required folder.

Do and Undo delete :

To delete a file a folder the keyboard shortcut is Command + Delete. To undo a delete the keyboard shortcut is Command + z. The Mac remembers 4 levels of deletes. Hence Command + z can undo 4 previous deletes.

search your mac using spotlight :

A complete blog page can be dedicated to the spotlight feature of the OSX. But I will mention only certain favourites of mine.

First get the spotlight field active by using the keyboard shortcut Command + Space.

The spotlight can act as a calculator. just type for example 5 + 2. You will see the answer appear next to the calculator.

To search for files and file contents with exact phrases surround the phrase words with double quotes. For example type “Comfortably numb” and the spotlight will list all the entries having this exact phrase.

To search in file with a particular type use the keyword kind. For example to search the the word hello in pdf file type

hello kind:pdf

The spotlight also accepts boolean searches. To search for files having the words Hello and How. Type

Hello AND How.

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