BetterTouchTool’s Screen Edge and Corner Triggers

The following is a summary and additional information about the screen and corner triggers features in BetterTouchTool. These features allow you to triggers keyboard shortcuts, menu items, and lots more simply by dragging your cursor to designated corners or the top and bottom of your screen.

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Corner and Screen Edge Triggers

Actions in the macOS Mission Control in System Preferences

The corner triggers in BetterTouchTool are similar to the default Mission Control Hot Corners in macOS. When you drag your cursor to a designated corner, you can trigger an assigned action, such as putting your desktop display asleep, or showing all open application windows.

While the macOS provides about a dozen actions for its hot corners, BetterTouchTool provides over a hundred actions, including the ability to trigger keyboard shortcuts and menu items in any application.

My BetterTouchTool Trigger

Though I have hundreds of BTT triggers, my hot corners triggers are ones I have started to use throughout the day. Some of these triggers include the following:

  • A Move Mouse to Bottom Edge of Screen trigger to toggle the Play/Stop button of Google Play.
  • Move Mouse to Top Right Corner for hiding and showing the numerous ScreenFloat shots I take throughout the day for various projects I’m working on like this article
  • A Move Mouse Away From Bottom Right Corner to quick resize the front window in the desktop screen recorder, ScreenFlow. This is an application-specific trigger.

Each of the above corner and edge triggers could easily be assigned to finger gesture triggers, but for a heavy BTT user like myself, I’ve practically run out of my favorite finger gestures. The corner triggers provide a few more ways to trigger actions when my hand is already on my trackpad.

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How to Use Corner Triggers

Here’s the step-by-step guide for creating a hot corner trigger.

  1. In BTT 3.0, click the drop-down Trigger Devices and select Named & Other Triggers

    BetterTouchTool triggers devices

  2. Select a Screen Corner for trigger. You might have to disable an assigned hot corner if it’s already being used by a Mission Control Hot Corner in System Preferences.

    Corner and screen edge corners in BetterTouchTool.

  3. Delay Time

    You might want to set a delay time for the trigger to fire so that it doesn’t fire accidentally move your cursor to the designated corner or edge of the
    screen. You might also add a note about what the trigger does.
    Configure the delay for the BTT trigger

  4. Select an Action

    Input the action you want to trigger. You can trigger a keyboard shortcut, a menu item, or one of hundreds of BTT predefined actions.BetterTouchTool predefined actions

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