Mac hot corners is a feature that lets you perform certain actions just by moving your cursor to one of four corners on the screen. Since all it takes is moving the cursor over, sometimes we accidentally activate this feature. But no more, because there’s a better way.

You can hear more about this tip on Monday’s episode of Mac Geek Gab.

Enhanced Hot Corners

You can find this feature by going to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Hot Corners. Or, just search for hot corners. You can use hot corners for actions like starting/disabling your screen saver, opening Mission Control, going to the Desktop, putting your Mac to sleep, and more.

A feature of hot corners that isn’t obvious in the drop-down menu is that you can hold down a key, or a combination of keys, when you select an item. These keys can be command, option, shift, and control. It means that next time you want to use a hot corner you have to move your cursor and hold that key down. This will help stop you from hot corner accidents.

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Peanut

The article says you can use Hot Corners to “put your Mac to sleep”. How does that work? When I select “Put Display to Sleep” it will only turn off the display and never enter the full sleep mode.

Macsee

Nice tip. Thanks! On the other hand:

To admins: it is hard to type in this message field, since the cursor does not show when using Dark Mode 3.3.0 (Safari extension from App Store) in Safari 14.1.1 (16611.2.7.1.4) on macOS 11.4 (20F71) Big Sur (latest versions for all) with “Apple – System Preferences – General – Appearance – Dark” selected. I have reported that several times to no avail, so I am including it here in case that you could forward it to the appropriate person at MacObserver. Thanks!

Macsee

Great! Thanks!

Macsee

Additionally to admins: when you click to post comment, nothing happens. Clicking again shows “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”. Again, I have reported that many times to no avail, and again I would appreciate if you could escalate this feedback to the appropriate person at MacObserver. Thanks again for all!