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Hot Corners All Around – Pro Tip

There is a great feature on MacOS that has finally made it to the iPad, Hot Corners!

Hot corners all around

Not this hot.. but yours could be for $12,000!

Hot Corners Are Incredibly Useful

If you aren’t familiar with Hot Corners, you are a terribly deprived Apple user. It’s one of the most basic and useful features the platform has! It boils down to assigning a function to each of the corners of your screen, and simply flicking your mouse into any of the corners to do that function. You can’t miss a corner either, just the act of moving the cursor enough in that general direction will eventually get you to that corner, so it becomes a simple gesture. For instance, you could flick your mouse cursor to the upper right corner to:

  • Activate Mission Control
  • Show Application Windows
  • Disable Screen Saver
  • Show Desktop
  • Show Dashboard
  • Put Display to Sleep
  • Show Notification Center
  • Show Launchpad
  • Start Screen Saver

Now, with the multi-touch trackpads commonly available, plenty of these functions and more are also available with multi-finger gestures. However, many folks have trouble trying to use multiple finger gestures, and Hot Corners are too simple not to use, leaving multi-finger gestures available for other functions.

iPadOS Now Supports Hot Corners

With iPadOS, Apple has implemented Hot Corners as an Accessibility option, but allowed a much wider range of functions, including custom shortcuts! The only issues is that you must be using a pointing device.. so unfortunately you can’t initiate a hot corner with your finger, this is disappointing, but hopefully something that will change in the future. The list of possibilities is amazing though!

  • Open Menu
  • Accessibility Shortcut
  • Analytics
  • App Switcher
  • Control Center
  • Dock
  • Double Tap
  • Hold & Drag
  • Home
  • Lock Rotation
  • Lock Screen
  • Long Press
  • Notifications
  • Pinch
  • Restart
  • Screenshot
  • Shake
  • Siri
  • Speak Screen
  • Spotlight
  • Voice Control
  • Column Down
  • Volume Up
  • Scroll Down
  • Scroll Left
  • Scroll Right
  • Scroll To Bottom
  • Scroll To Top
  • Scroll Up
  • Dwell Controls
  • Siri Shortcuts

Did you see that last one? Think about that… you can initiate a Siri shortcut with a gesture. Using the powerful Shortcuts builder, you can ask Siri to initiate a string of functions, now you can also do it with a quick flick of the wrist.

I hope Apple implements these options into the Hot Corner menu on MacOS, there is no reason not too!

Setting Up Hot Corners

On MacOS it’s simply a trip to Apple Menu –> System Preferences –> Mission Control –> Hot Corners.

Hot Corners MacOS

Simply click on each of the corresponding menus to assign a function. Don’t forget to have a look around the Mission Control panel for other interesting shortcuts!

On iPadOS, you need to dive into Settings –> Accessibility –> Assistive Touch – Hot Corners. 

iPadOS Hot Corners

Don’t forget, this will only forget one you set up a mouse in the same menus.

As on MacOS, just tap the corner description to assign the shortcut.

Apple Reigns Supreme For Easy Of Use

These options show just how advanced Apple is when it comes to accessibility. In its unending efforts to make its devices easier to use for people with various disabilities, Apple has given everyone incredibly easy ways of using it’s devices. If you need help setting these functions up, feel free to contact us!



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Ryszard (Rick) Gold, From Calgary, Alberta, Canada has over 20 years of experience working with Apple products in a technical capacity. Passionate about technology in general, his natural troubleshooting abilities, curiosity and appreciation of good design lead him into working exclusively with Apple Computer products.
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