How To Use Stage Manager For Mac Os & iPad (2023)

So in order to get the stage manager to work, you’d need to add stage manager to the menu bar by dragging it from Control Center to the menu bar. Or choose Apple menu  > System Settings, click Control Center in the sidebar, then choose Show in Menu Bar from the Stage Manager menu on the right. Create a keyboard shortcut for Stage Manager.

How To Use Stage Manager For Mac Os & iPad (2023)

On your Mac, use Stage Manager to keep the app you’re working with front and center, and your desktop clutter-free. Your recently used apps are neatly arranged along the left side of the screen for quick access, while the window you’re working with is positioned in the center of the screen.

Any increase in CPU loading will require more power – however, whether or not Stage Manager causes a measurable reduction in battery life between charges will be unknown prior to someone performing structured testing and measurements – and publishing the results.

Stage Manager is new to the latest versions of iPadOS and macOS, bringing a windowed, desktop-style experience to your iPad and (in theory) a more intuitive and convenient way of multitasking on both iPads and Macs.

If you’re yet to switch from your normal way of working to the Stage Manager experience, here’s what’s involved.

What is Stage Manager on macOS?

Stage Manager is an alternate way of organizing your program windows on Mac. There are two ways to toggle Stage Manager on or off on the Mac: Either click the Control Center icon (two toggle switches) on the menu bar and then Stage Manager, or open the Apple menu and pick System Settings, Desktop & Dock, and Stage Manager. The Customize button lets you pick specific elements of Stage Manager to enable or disable.

In the standard Stage Manager layout, the program window you’re currently using is front and center, with other open apps shown as thumbnails down the left—you can click on these to switch to them, without having to use the dock (which is still available). Note that these thumbnails are ‘live’, and will show updates like incoming messages.

Windows can be grouped together

Multiple windows from the same app appear under the same thumbnail on the left, and can either appear individually or all at once when you click on the thumbnail, depending on the settings you applied under the Customize option we’ve already mentioned. You can still use Cmd+Tab or the dock to switch between apps as normal, too.

Click on the desktop and all your open windows fly off to the thumbnails on the left, and your desktop shortcuts and files become visible. To go back again, click a thumbnail, and your desktop items are hidden (again, this can be changed under Customize if needed).

You can also create groups of windows from different programs, if you’d like to. With one window open, click and drag a second window from the thumbnail panel into the middle to add it to the group—the next time you switch to another application, this group of windows will minimize to the left as a collective. To remove a window from a group, drag it to the thumbnail panel on the left.

Stage Manager settings on macOS

To hide away a window or group of windows that are currently in the center spot, press Cmd+H. The applications won’t close, but you won’t see the programs in the center of the screen or on the left.

To get these programs back, use Cmd+Tab or the dock (the same goes for apps that fall off the end of the thumbnail list). If you make an app full screen, it moves to its own space outside of the Stage Manager system.

On a Mac, Stage Manager is a simplified way of managing open programs, which may suit you if you’re constantly switching between a small selection of apps, or want to keep your apps grouped in a specific way.

How to Use Stage Manager on iPadOS

Stage Manager is a bit more useful on iPad than Mac, as it’s the only way to get a window-style experience. To use Stage Manager on your iPad, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to get to the Control Center, then tap the Stage Manager icon (a rectangle with three dots by it).

Alternatively, open up the main iPadOS Settings screen, then choose Home Screen & Multitasking and Stage Manager to find the toggle switch and related options.

As on macOS, you get your current app in the center of the screen, and recent apps as thumbnails on the left. The dock stays visible down at the bottom of the screen as well, though you can hide the recent apps list and the dock if you prefer.

The Stage Manager button in Control Panel

To switch to a different app, just tap on its thumbnail on the left, and it swaps places with the app in the center. All of the usual ways of switching between apps are still available, whether that’s tapping on an app icon in the dock or swiping up from the bottom of the screen and then pausing in the center to see all of the recently used apps.

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You can group different apps together, which means they’ll jump in and out of the thumbnail list as a group. To add an app to the one in the center of the screen and create a group, tap and hold on a thumbnail in the recent apps list or on an icon in the dock, and drag the second app into the center.

You can also drag apps in from the App Library—again, tap and hold on an app icon. Finally, you can tap the three dots at the top of the app when it’s in focus and choose Add Another Window. That same three dot menu can be used to close windows, and if the window is part of a group, it gets removed from it.

Working with windows on iPad

When you’re working with multiple apps in groups, you can rearrange and overlap them in a few different ways. You can tap the three dots at the top of app windows to find options for minimizing them or switching to a full screen mode, and you can resize a window by dragging the corner marked with a darker curve.

Note that your iPad has to be in its landscape orientation before Stage Manager can be enabled. You can also use it if your iPad is hooked up to an external display: Drag app icons or the top of app windows to move them over to the second screen.

On the iPad, Stage Manager is perhaps more useful for its app grouping abilities, but it’s a handy option for multitasking.

What is the alternative to Stage Manager on a Mac?

Stage View Alternatives

  • AltTab. Free • Open Source. Mac
  • Witch. Paid • Proprietary. Mac
  • Hyperswitch. Free • Proprietary. Mac
  • Contexts. Paid • Proprietary. Window Manager
  • Command-Tab Plus. Paid • Proprietary. Window Manager
  • SMBAct. Paid • Proprietary. Window Manager
  • Manico. Freemium • Proprietary. Mac
  • SpaceLauncher. Free • Proprietary

What is the difference between stage manager and Dock?

Stage Manager manages windows; the Dock manages apps. They complement one another. To retain an app window within a group, keep its document window open within that group.

Which Macs get stage managers?

What do you need to run Stage Manager?

  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)

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Does Stage Manager use RAM?

According to Apple, Stage Manager requires the fast memory swap feature in the new iPadOS. This allows apps to convert the hardware’s free flash storage into makeshift RAM, for up to 16GB.

Does stage manager work in full screen?

To work with single apps in Stage Manager on Mac:

Ensure that it’s not in full screen mode, as any full-screen windows won’t appear in Stage Manager. Open another application. This app will now appear center stage. The first application will appear as a thumbnail to the left of the screen.

Do you need a magic keyboard for stage manager?

Earlier devices do not support Stage Manager. Also, while not necessary, Stage Manager works best for many users when used with the iPad Magic Keyboard and it’s built-in trackpad, but you can use the feature with your fingers, stylus, or Apple Pencil too.

How many apps can you have on stage manager?

Depending on the resolution set on your Mac, Stage Manager can display up to six different apps, with the one in the center and five on the left side.

Chinedu Okeke

Chinedu is the founder of Nigerian Tech. He is a tech enthusiast who has the passion for emerging trends in the tech industry. He is also a professional web content developer.

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