How to use Stage Manager for multitasking on Mac and iPad

How to use Stage Manager in macOS Ventura

Things to know:

  • To access Stage Manager on Mac, Open Control CenterStage Manager.
  • You can access Stage Manager on iPad by Control Center → Stage Manager.

During WWDC 2022, Apple introduced Stage Manager, a feature that will help you get out of the headache of cluttered recent apps windows in macOS and iPadOS. But how do you access and use the Stage Manager feature?

For starters, you need to have macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16. But you won’t be able to use this feature directly since you have to turn it on manually. This guide will help you understand how to enable it and some tips and tricks to make the most of it. But before that, let’s look at what Stage Manager for Mac and iPad is!

What is Stage Manager on macOS 13 and iPadOS 16?

The Stage Manager is a multitasking feature for macOS and iPadOS. This feature better organizes the windows on your desktop so you can access them easily and enjoy a clutter and confusion-free desktop.

Users can drag and drop windows from the side over other apps to group them. While using Stage Manager, the window of the app you currently use will be displayed prominently in the center, while the other open apps and windows will be arranged on the left-hand side according to the recently used order.

How to use Stage Manager in macOS Ventura

  1. Open Control Center from the menu bar.
  2. Click Stage Manager.

    click stage manager on control centre in macOS ventura
  3. Here choose between:
    • Show Recent Apps: Will show the recently used apps on the left side.
    • Hide Recent Apps: Until you move the mouse control to the left side, the recent apps will stay hidden.

That’s it! You can now switch between apps and multitask accordingly.

How to use Stage Manager in iPadOS 16

You can only use Stage Manager on your iPad powered by an M series chip connected with the Magic Keyboard or any other generic keyboard. So you know the first step and then:

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. Tap the Stage Manager icon.

Unlike macOS, you don’t have the option to hide recent apps while using Stage Manager on iPad. But the UI will be similar to macOS.


Q. How can I use my iPad and Mac together? 

You can use the iPad as a second display for a Mac by using the AirPlay feature. With that, you can control the iPad and Mac together.

Q. Is Stage Manager only for M1? 

No. Stage Manager will be available for every Mac that will get the latest macOS 13 Ventura update.

That’s it!

With Stage Manager, I’m sure it will change how we multitask on our Mac and iPad. By the way, how many apps are in your background while reading this guide? Let me know in the comments.

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