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7 Lion annoyances and how to fix them

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With every OS upgrade, there’s always some new annoyances that pop up, and since Lion (s aapl) is such a big update to OS X, it stands to reason that it has more annoyances than usual. Here’s how to remedy seven of them.

Enable three-finger swipe for back/forward

In Snow Leopard, swiping three fingers on the trackpad moved you back or forward in Safari and the Finder. In Lion, however, that gesture has been changed to two fingers, with the three finger gesture reserved for Mission Control. In effect, any apps that used this gesture for back/forward are broken and need to be updated to use the new gesture. Until then, you can get the old gesture back by going to Trackpad in System Preferences, and under the “More Gestures” tab changing the option for “Swipe between pages” to “Swipe left or right with two or three fingers”. If you do this, you’ll have to switch between full-screen apps with four fingers.

Enable tap dragging and disable inertial scrolling

Apple moved these preferences to the Universal Access pane in System Preferences. To tweak them, enter the Universal Access area, go to the “Mouse and Trackpad” tab and click “Trackpad Options.”

Turn off automatic file locking

Due to the addition of Auto Save, Lion automatically locks files after two weeks if they haven’t been edited. You can change this by going into System Preferences > Time Machine > Options and unchecking the option to lock files.

Take Dashboard out of Mission Control

With Lion, Dashboard is now a space in Mission Control. If you don’t want it taking up the room, or if you want Dashboard to act as an overlay, the way it did in Snow Leopard, you can go to Mission Control’s System Preferences pane and uncheck the box next to “Show Dashboard as a space.”

Show the Finder’s status bar and hide All My Files

The Lion Finder has a couple of annoying changes. First, the status bar is hidden, so you can’t see the extra information it provided, such as how much space is left on a volume. You can show it again by going to View in the Menu bar and clicking “Show Status Bar.”

Second, the Finder has a new sidebar item called “All My Files.” Basically, this is a smart folder that shows a full list of every kind of file on your system. While this may be useful for people who don’t have a lot of files, for me, it’s pretty worthless, as I have to scroll for ages to find anything. You can get rid of it by simply holding down the Command (?) key and dragging it out of the sidebar.

What other annoyances have you found in Lion? Tell us in the comments.

21 Responses to “7 Lion annoyances and how to fix them”

  1. How can I induce Finder to save View Options, folder by folder? In some I want List view, in others Icon View. It is annoying to have to reset options when opening folders.

  2. I’m really annoyed by my wi-fi connection dropping all the time… I’ll be reading something on a web page and when I want to navigate away to another page, then the connection is down again… then I turn off my wifi and back on again and its fine again for another few minutes … VERY annoying !! I’m sure Apple can fix this …

  3. 1-want to show desktop with 3 fingers down
    2-I DONT want windows to be reopened NEVER when I reboot , NEVER

    please apple fix it otherwise get my one finger up…the middle one

    • S. John B

      I hated this as well but found 2 work arounds which are pretty awesome.

      1. Set a hot corner to show your desktop, so you just drag your mouse to a corner and your desktop will show it self.

      2. Set another desktop within mission control and just the 3 finger swipe to the left/right and you’ll have a clean desktop. I actually prefer it this way and love the gliding animation when you use it.

      Hope it helps :)

  4. Does anybody else have problems with their wifi dropping everytime the computer goes go sleep? When I log back in I have to go to wifi and select my network again. Not sure if this is my Airport Express or if it’s Lion because I got them both on the same day :/

    • Kyle Bass

      Try removing your network from the Network preference pane in System Preferences (Advanced > Preferred Networks). Then reconnect and see if that solves the problem.

  5. I dislike that fact that in mission control, windows on the main display can only be dragged to spaces within the same display. I can’t drag a window from my current space on my main display to a different space on my external display.

  6. What I find confusing is the whole “Save” thing. If I have a file open and I want to save it with a different name, I can’t choose “Save As” any more. I have to duplicate it THEN save that duplicate under a new name.

  7. Bernhard de Kok

    What I hate is that Lion does not remember the layout of my Finder windows. I set the layout and coloured background and it is forgotten within an hour. Snow Leopard wasn’t perfect in this either, but Lion is horrible.

  8. My biggest annoyance is Lion’s inability to use full-screen apps with an external monitor. I have no use for full-screen apps if my 2nd monitor is greyed out.

  9. Another tip: I recommend if you don’t use the “All Files” view in finder: Click on the menu item Finder > Preferences. In the general section you can change “New Finder windows show” to something other than “all my files”.

  10. PeterJWagoner

    The number one thing that’s holding me back: Spaces. Snow Lion’s spaces are perfect; I wouldn’t change a thing. And until I can have them in Lion, I’m not budging from SL.

    • Michael

      I am actually going to order a Macbook Pro with Lion installed. Right now I have Leopard and Snow Leopard on two iMac’s. Hearing there are negative things on Lion’s sight makes me more curious. Although I don’t think the changes will be such a big deal to me. Just wanted a Macbook to make full use of the touch gestures built in.

    • Brandon Martinez

      I actually stopped using Spaces in “Snow Lion” ;) When Lion came out, I started using them again because I like be able to manage Spaces and windows all from mission control. I think Apple made the right move. What do you like so much more about 10.6’s implementation?