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How to turn on/off hot corners on Mac

Apple tries to provide its users with features that would make it easier to use the device and, for instance, jump between apps or desktops. Hot Corners is one of the most helpful but often ignored features on the Mac. It gives you an opportunity to use the four corners of your screen and complete a specified action.

What is Hot Corners

Among features like Mission Control, Spaces, and Hot Corners, there Apple does everything to let its users fast jump between tasks. Users often even don’t know about this secret feature. A fast movement on your trackpad or mouse to one of the corners of your desktop gives you an opportunity to easily and immediately bounce to your desktop or look at all of your app windows.  

How to set up Hot Corners

If you want to set up Hot Corners, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should open “System Preferences.” To do that, you should tap on the System Preferences app (gray icon) in your dock or you can also head to the Apple which may be found in the upper-left corner, to open it. Then, you will see the drop-down displayed. Next, you should tap on System Preferences.
  • After you have got to the System Preferences menu, you should look for the option which is called “Mission Control.”
  • Then, you should tap on Mission Control, after that, you should press on “Hot Corners” which may be found in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • After that, you will see four available “Active Screen Corners”, you should click on the desired one and assign it to activate it. There are nine available actions, including:
  1. Mission Control.
  2. Application Windows.
  3. Desktop.
  4. Notification Center.
  5. Launchpad.
  6. Start Screen Saver.
  7. Disable Screen Saver.
  8. Put Display to Sleep.
  9. Lock Screen.
  • To complete the process, you should confirm any of these nine options to each of the four potential corners. After you have completed the process, you should move your mouse or trackpad cursor to any of the four corners to perform an action.

How to solve “Hot Corners not working” problem

There are 2 methods to solve this issue. Keep on reading to know more.

Re-set Hot Corners preferences

If you want to re-set Hot Corners preferences, you should follow the prompts which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should head to System Preferences.
  • After that, you should find Desktop & Screen Saver.
  • To complete the process, you should head into Hot Corners, and clear all of your current hot corners.

After you have completed the procedure of re-set, you should restart your device and set the hot corners again.  As the preferences have been cleared, you should select them one more time by going back to System Preferences.

Reset SMC on MacBook

If the method above didn’t work, you can reset SMC on MacBook.

If you want to reset SMC on MacBook, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  • First of all, you should make a new admin user account. It’s always a good choice to have separate accounts for admin and guest.
  • After that, you should log into the new account and set new hot corners preferences.
  • Then, you should put your Mac into Safe mode and check whether it works in an appropriate way.
  • In case if you want to disable the safe mode, you should Restart your mac and try it again.

How to require a password to unlock your screen saver

If you want to require a password to unlock your screen saver, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should head to the Apple menu, then, you should click on System Preferences.
  2. After that, you should tap on Security and Privacy.
  3. Then, you should tap on the General tab. 
  4. To complete the process, you should check the box to Require password and set a time from the pop-up menu.

All in all, Hot Corners is a perfect feature that makes it easier to manage the work of your device.

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