How to use Stage Manager on macOS Ventura [Guide]

Apple is known for bringing in new unique features in every major software release. Be it for the iPhone, the iPad, or even macOS. This time, Apple decided to improve and up the game when it comes to multitasking. Yes, Stage manager has finally been made available to select iPads running iPadOS 16. Well now, even Macs running on the newest macOS 13 Ventura have Stage Manager.

Today, we’ll be taking a look at how you can use Stage Manager on macOS Ventura, a list of Macs compatible with Stage Manager, and more.

With Stage Manager, macOS users will now be able to easily multitask and switch between open windows and apps right away. This is great for those who constantly have to switch between multiple apps and also want to see all the open apps and windows without having to click around too much.

So let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Stage Manager for macOS 13 Ventura.

macOS Ventura: Stage Manager Supported Macs

In order to get Stage manager, you will need to be running the lattes version of macOS Ventura. A good number of Macs are supported by macOS Ventura. Here’s the list of compatible Macs:

  • iMac (2017 and Later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • MacBook (2017 and Later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and Later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and Later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 and Later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and Later)
  • Mac Studio 2022

How to enable Stage Manager on macOS Ventura

While Stage manager is an added feature in macOS Ventura, you have to choose between having it enabled or not. To enable Stage manager on your supported Mac, do the following.

How to use Stage Manager on macOS Ventura
  1. Click on the Control Center icon present at the top right corner of your Mac.
  2. When the flyout appears, click on Stage Manager.
  3. If you want to disable it, repeat the steps to disable Stage Manager.

But, if you notice that when you open up the Control Center and don’t find the Stage manager option on your supported Mac, you can do the following.

How to use Stage Manager on macOS Ventura
  1. Click on the Apple menu.
  2. Choose System Settings.
  3. Now, click on Desktop and Dock. this option will be present in the sidebar.
  4. Scroll down on the right and choose the Displays have Separate Spaces option.
  5. Make sure that the separate spaces feature is turned on.
  6. Now, go back to the Control Center. You should see the Stage manager option right there.

Mouse Gestures for Stage manager on macOS Ventura

Now, that you have Stage manager enabled, it is time to understand how to make use of this wonderful multitasking feature. Of course, just like how the iPad requires you to use gestures to navigate and use Stage manager, macOS Ventura requires you to use different mouse actions.

How to use Stage Manager on macOS Ventura
  1. Click on the app or window thumbnail to switch between apps or windows
  2. To view the Desktop,  click anywhere on the Desktop area.
  3. Dragging the thumbnail of the app or program to the center of the screen will allow you to create a group of windows. Alternatively, you can also press the Shift key while clicking on the thumbnail to create a group of windows.
  4. Dragging a thumbnail from the group of windows will remove the particular app or window from the group you created earlier.
  5. You can easily move a window by dragging its title bar. Resizing a window can be done by dragging the edges of the open window.
  6. Other items can be added to a new window by holding the dragged item over a thumbnail. Keep holding it until its own window moves away to the center of the screen.
  7. Click the Minimize button on an open window to send it off the thumbnails section.
  8. Pressing the Command and H keys will hide away all the apps and windows. To unhide the app or window, simply use the Command and Tab key combination.

Stage Manager Settings for macOS Ventura

With all the Stage Manager gestures understood, it’s time to dig into the settings for Stage Manager. Follow these steps to navigate to the Stage Manager settings

  1. Click on the Apple menu and choose System Settings.
  2. Select Desktop and Dock from the Sidebar.
  3. Finally, click on Customize to the right of the Stage Manager.

Different settings can be adjusted for the Stage Manager. Let’s take a look at what each setting is and what it does when you change it.

Recent Applications

When you have the Recent Applications setting enabled, you will be able to see all thumbnails at the side f the Stage Manager. If you have this option turned off, none of the items on the desktop will be visible until you go and click on any area of the desktop.

Desktop Items

As the name of the setting implies, you will be able to see everything on the desktop if enabled. If disabled, you don’t see anything on your desktop.

Show Windows from the Application

This option allows you to choose between an All at Once option and One at a Time option.    Choosing the All at Once option will display all the open windows at the same time. Whereas, choosing the One at a Time option will show you only a single window at a time. The remaining open windows will be present in the thumbnails area of the Stage Manager.

Final Words

This is everything you need to know about Stage Manager for macOS Ventura. Now that Stage Manage is available, it will now make using macOS devices better to use thanks to this handy dandy multitasking tool. Will the Stage manager be a tool that will greatly benefit you or will it just be a feature that you don’t plan to use? Let us know in the comments section below.

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