App Exposé (System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures) is a great way to view all the open windows in the current app. Turns out it’s also an easy and quick way to view a visual list of your most recently opened documents.
If you save a lot of drafts in Mail, and especially if you have multiple accounts, you don’t have to go digging for your account’s Drafts mailbox to start editing again.
More iOS-ification of OS X. It’s a good thing.
In Sparrow, a fantastic and customizable email client, you can use a three-finger swipe up and down on your trackpad to move between messages. This works whether you have the message panel hidden or shown (⌘-⇧-T or Window > Message Panel), and it’s a great way to move quickly between conversations without having to mouse over and click on each one.
If you scrub left and right with two fingers in QuickTime Player on Lion, you’ll get a time-lapse mode that lets you quickly fast forward and rewind through footage. The controller turns into a speed gage so you can see how much more quickly you’re scrubbing forward and back.
via Dan Wineman
Steve Lyb discovered a handy multi-touch gesture for quickly triggering OS X’s Exposé feature to focus on the open windows of a specific app, instead of all open windows.
Double-tapping with two fingers zooms Safari to that element similar to MobileSafari on iOS. Pinch to zoom now zooms smoothly instead of in steps.
Quickly enter (and exit) “jiggly app mode” in Lion’s LaunchPad
One of Lion’s new features is called LaunchPad, and it is essentially the Springboard home screen from iOS, adapted for organizing and launching apps on the Mac. Similar to iOS, you can click-hold on any app icon to enter app organization mode, also non-technically known as “jiggly mode”.
But to get in and out of this mode even more quickly, you can simply hold the Option key. Icons will jiggle while the key is depressed, so you can move them between pages, drag them onto each other to create folders, and delete them. Let go of Option and your changes are saved.
Also: unlike on iOS, you don’t actually need to enter jiggly mode if all you need to do is move apps or create folders. As far as I can tell, the mode only adds deleting to the equation on a Mac.
Bonus points: To enter jiggly mode on any Mac with a multitouch trackpad, use a four-finger pinch that includes your thumb. In other words: make a gesture with your hand as if it’s a claw in one of those old school stuffed animal machines.
Use a three-finger swipe over a tweet in Twitter 2 for Mac (previously known as Tweetie from Atebits) to visit its link, hastag, or conversation view. If there is more than one link or hashtag, though, you’ll still have to use the old ‘n busted mouse the click it.
When in a video chat you can use the zoom in gesture (pinch-outwards) on a MacBook’s trackpad, a Magic Mouse, or Magic Trackpad to make the video fullscreen, and zoom out gesture (pinch-inwards) to return the video chat to window mode.