As a user of both the Windows and OS X desktop operating systems, I often find that an app available for one is not always necessarily available for the other, and even if a software maker does cater to both, the level of the performance is seldom matched on both OSes. Mission Control, formerly known as Exposé, is one feature of OS X Mountain Lion I enjoy particularly, and while there’s no such native feature even remotely similar with Microsoft’s Windows, an app called BetterDesktopTool can help you achieve such functionality.
Mission Control manifested as something of an amalgamation of both Exposé and the Spaces feature of Snow Leopard, and for overall productivity, has proven itself to be convenient method for quickly finding and opening windows on a busy desktop.
If, like me, you’re well versed in the advantages and disadvantages of using Windows versus OS X, you’ll know that on those occasions that you’re forced to use Windows, keeping abreast of open windows can be rather tumultuous. Even with Windows 8, this issue hasn’t really been addressed, and as such, numerous third parties have sought to bring tools to bring a Mission Control incarnate to the Microsoft platform.
BetterDesktopTool is the latest in a growing list of such apps, but rather than simply cloning the likes of Switcher or WindowsPager, BetterDesktopTool offers a plethora of handy shortcuts to the Windows desktop. It’s very clean and minimalistic and getting started with it is a piece of cake; simply select a shortcut for a certain action, and off you go.
If you’re in the hunt for that Exposé-esque view of your windows, this can also be achieved, and not only can you check all of the windows of your current app, but you can also set a shortcut to view the entire desktop.
With a nice, clutter-free interface, BetterDesktopTool really does help improve how you navigate around your desktop, and considering it’s also free of charge, is definitely worth giving a shot. Who doesn’t like free stuff anyway.
Although we’ve covered Mission Control for Windows 7 a few thousand years back, but BetterDesktopTool has more customizability options on offer. You heard it first.
You can download it from this link: betterdesktoptool.com, and be sure to leave your thoughts via the usual mediums below, and share with us your experience you had with the tool. Is it a must-have, or you think you’ll pass on this one?