10 Best Mac features that are not available on Windows

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While everyone is arguing about the Windows VS Mac comparison, here are some things to add to those arguments! These are some of the best Mac features that are not available on Windows.


1. Trackpad Gestures

Mac supports a variety of very useful, handy and convenient trackpad gestures such as:

  • Three Finger swipe down
  • Three Finger swipe up
  • Two Finger expand
  • Two Finger pinch
  • Four Finger expand
  • Four Finger pinch
  • Three Finger swipe Left and Right
  • and much more.


2. Exposè and Spaces

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Default Gesture – Three Finger Swipe Down.

Exposè allows you to quickly see all your windows opened in the current application. For example, if you have Google Chrome opened, a quick three finger swipe down gesture will give a overview of all your currently opened Google Chrome windows instead of having to go to the taskbar on windows and hover over the window you want to open. (As shown in the screenshot above)


3. Mission Control

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Default Gesture – Three Finger Swipe Up

Mission Control gives you an overview of all your open applications on the entire computer, along with all your desktops. You can click on whichever app you want to open, and it will switch to that specific application.


3. Multiple Desktops

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Default Gesture to switch between Desktops – Three Finger Swipe Left or Right

A quick three finger swipe to the left or right will switch between multiple desktops that you can have on your Mac. This is mostly useful when you have multiple applications open doing one specific topic and want to do something else, you can just switch to a new Desktop and start from scratch while leaving you previous work untouched at the previous Desktop. Each Desktop can also have a different wallpaper.

I use this a lot when I am editing videos for YouTube and want to take a quick break to do some research.


4. Special Characters

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Special characters are much easier to achieve on Mac by simply holding the current letter. A new popup window will appear and you can just type the number referring to the appropriate character.


5. Dashboard

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A simple and convenient three finger swipe right on the first desktop will take you to the Dashboard. Your dashboard can be customized with a number of multiple, useful live widgets that can be moved around.


6. Launchpad

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Default Gesture – Four Finger Pinch

LaunchPad shows all of your installed apps on a beautifully designed layout with a blurred transparent background that shows your wallpaper. It is a paginated view which you can scroll through by swiping left and right with two fingers. You can also start typing the name of any app you have installed and it will show up in the same view.


7. Notification Center

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Notification Center can be accessed by swiping off the right of the trackpad, onto the trackpad with 2 fingers. This is somewhat equivalent to the Notification Center on iOS as it shows all finished downloads, messages, calendar notifications and all other types of notifications.


8. Show Desktop

Wherever you are on the computer, expanding four fingers flings away all the open windows and shows the Desktop. (Equivalent to holding WINDOWS+D on Window, but with smooth attractive animations and more precise control)


9. Quick Look

Any file highlighted currently, pressing the spacebar will open this file in a small window. This works with any file type I have tried so far except RAR files.

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It even works with .VCF contact files from any type of phone.


10. More Control over Screenshots

Instead of having to make a screenshot and then crop it down, you can hold COMMAND+SHIFT+4 and the cursor will turn into a cross that you can highlight the area and it will automatically take a screenshot of that area. (Shown Below)

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One additional feature that was not mentioned above, is Smooth Scroll, which is ages ahead of all Windows computers I have ever used to date. It is much more precise and extremely smooth.


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  • Re: no. 10, Windows has the “Snipping Tool”

    • Devon Ramdass

      I was now checking that out in fact lol..Didn’t know about it. I’ll have to change #10..but i find personally, the Mac is easier for screenshots because once you let go the mouse button, the screenshot automatically appears on the Desktop. Will replace #10 soon. Thanks!

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  • Darrin Ramlochan

    Some computers with Synaptics touchpad drivers actually have three finger and four finger gestures that wither launch a certain customizable program or go to the program switcher that you get if you hold down alt+tab.


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