Mac Tutorial: Managing Multiple Apps Simultaneously Without Window Switching

Mac Tutorial: Managing Multiple Apps Simultaneously Without Window Switching

Many users of OS X are unaware of a handy feature that permits scrolling in background windows without bringing them to the forefront. Often, this functionality is stumbled upon inadvertently while working in one application, accidentally hovering the cursor over another, and unintentionally scrolling. Surprisingly, the inactive window responds to this input, scrolling its contents.

This capability, which allows for the manipulation of content in a window that remains behind the active one, is not only found in OS X but also in several Linux variants, such as Ubuntu.

Mac Tutorial: Managing Multiple Apps Simultaneously Without Window Switching

Personally, I find this feature incredibly useful for my writing process. I typically keep my text editor active while having a browser open in the background. This setup enables me to scroll through web content without needing to toggle between windows, allowing for a seamless transition back to typing.

This method of background scrolling is compatible across various applications.

An additional handy trick involves using the command key to interact with background web pages. For instance, if you’re reading a webpage in the background and wish to open a link without shifting focus, simply hold the command key and click the link. This opens the link in a new tab without disrupting your current activity, which is particularly beneficial when juggling multiple tasks.

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