How to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura

Apple unveiled iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura during the WWDC22 keynote. These major updates come with features and changes that further enrich their respective devices. For example, iPhone gained lock screen widgets, while M1 iPads now support resizable app windows. One of the notable additions introduced on the Mac is Stage Manager. This new multitasking tool builds on existing tools, such as Mission Control, and further simplifies the management of multiple applications at once. Here’s how to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura.

How to use the scene manager

  • Make sure you are running macOS Ventura on your Mac.
  • Open the Control Center by clicking its icon in the menu bar.

How to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura

  • Confirm that Manager is on. If not, click its toggle.
  • Now launch the apps you want to use.

How to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura

  • Move the cursor to the left edge of the screen. You will find the apps you launched. Drag the app you want to use along with the existing one from the left side to the center.

How to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura

  • These apps will now be grouped together – and this is represented visually when you take a look at the Stage Manager view on the left side.

How to use the Stage Manager feature on macOS Ventura

  • You can now switch between different window groups to quickly switch from one task to another.

It’s worth mentioning that Stage Manager is also available on iPad M1s running iPadOS 16. This change really brings the iPad closer to the Mac. Personally, I don’t see myself using Stage Manager. This is because my workflow usually runs in a single Safari window. I just jump between Safari tabs or have two open side by side. Mission Control is more than enough for me to see all open windows and process them accordingly.

Will you be using Stage Manager? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Steven L. Nielsen