Hot Corners on Macbook: How to Use

Hot Corners is a feature unique to MacOS, providing users with a quick shortcut to access their most commonly used applications.

It’s one of the most underrated, least known ways to help you use your Macbook faster and get more done within a short timeframe.

Setting Up Hot Corners

When you enable Hot Corners, all you’re doing is setting up a shortcut so that when you scroll quickly to the corners of your display, you activate a function.

This can be Launchpad, Finder, Go to Sleep or something else. The default setting for Macbook is to have QuickNote launch when you move your cursor to the bottom right of your display – if you haven’t changed it, you should be able to test it by performing that movement.

To enable and customize Hot Corners for other actions on a Macbook, the first thing you need to do is go into System Settings.


Next, select the Desktop & Dock option, and scroll down into you find the Hot Corners button.


Click into this and you’ll see the ability to add individual hot corners when you swipe to the top right, top left, bottom right and bottom left of your Macbook screen.


This is a really simple process, and it’s worth investing some time into working out which option works best for you.

Popular Uses of Hot Corners

The versatility of Hot Corners allows for a variety of uses. Some popular ones include:

  • Activating Mission Control or App Expos√© for a quick overview of open windows.
  • Showing the Desktop to access files or folders.
  • Starting or disabling the screensaver.
  • Putting the display to sleep.

Personally, I like to use Hot Corners to bring up the launchpad whenever I move the cursor quickly towards the top right of my display – it makes using applications easier than ever.


Hot Corners on a Mac is a great shortcut to use if you want to make your life a little easier.

It will take a few days for you to get used to it, but once you are, you’ll be able to open Launchpad, Finder or whatever other apps you want to open within a split second.


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