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Everything you need to know about the interface organizer feature on iPad and Mac computers Apple introduced the Stage Manager (interface organizer) feature in the iPadOS 16 operating system version, which is a new feature that helps organize open applications on the left side of the iPad screen, where you can see them in front of you and access them easily. You can also group apps together, and resize windows. This feature is not limited to iPads, but is also available on Mac computers running MacOS Ventura.

1- What are the devices that support interface regulator feature?

Apple initially announced that the interface organizer would only work with iPad Pro models running on the M1 processor and later. But it later added it to the iPad Pro models that are powered by the (Apple A12Z Bionic) and (Apple A12X Bionic) processor.

The following iPads support the interface organizer feature:


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later).
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (all generations).
  • iPad Air (5th generation).

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As for Mac computers, the interface organizer feature is available on models running macOS Ventura, and the devices that support this system are:

  • MacBook 2017 and later.
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later.
  • MacBook Pro 2017 and later.
  • Mac Mini 2018 and later.
  • iMac 2017 and later.
  • iMac Pro and later.
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later.

Update the operating system on iPad and Mac computers:

If your device supports the interface organizer, the next step is to make sure it’s running the latest version of iPadOS or MacOS.

To make sure of the version of the operating system that your iPad is running on: Click on Settings, then General, then choose Software Update, click on the name of the latest version, and choose Download and Install. .

For Mac computers: Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen, then click on the (About This Mac) option to make sure that the operating system is MacOS Ventura. If not, go to System Preferences, then Software Update, and click Update Now.

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2- How to turn on the interface organizer feature on the iPad:

  1. Make sure the iPad is in landscape orientation.
  2. Go to the Control Center located in the upper right corner.
  3. Click on the (Stage Manager) icon, which is a square with 3 horizontal dots next to it.

Stage Manager feature

On Mac computers: Go to the Control Center and click on the Stage Manager icon.

3- How to use the interface organizer feature:

The interface organizer feature takes the same design whether you use it on an iPad or a Mac computer. The active application will appear in the middle of the screen, while the most recently used applications will appear on the left side of the screen in the form of a list. As for the way to switch between applications, it is different on the iPad than on Mac computers.

How to use the feature on the iPad:

When you are finished using the active application located in the middle of the screen, you can easily switch to another application by clicking on the desired application. Whenever you switch between apps, the active app will move to the recent apps list and the new app will appear in the center of the screen.

You can also customize the design in which apps will appear on the screen by following these steps:

  • Head to (settings) Settings.
  • Click on the Home Screen & Multitasking option, and you will notice the option to hide the Recent Apps menu or hide the Docks icon bar, both of which will make active applications appear larger.
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And if any of the previous menus are hidden, you can access the recent apps list again by swiping to the right from the left edge, and access the icon bar by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

You can also group several applications together in one group, and when you click on that group, the applications will automatically appear in the center of the screen. Use one of the following methods to group apps together:

  • The first method: Click on the icon with the three-dot symbol at the top of the application, select the Add Another Window option, and choose the application that you want to group with.
  • Method 2: Long-press an app icon from the Recent Apps list and drag it to the center of the screen.
  • Method 3: Long press an app icon from the Dock and drag it to the center of the screen.
  • Method 4: Click on the App Library icon, long press an application, and drag it to the center of the screen.

You can group up to four apps in one group. And if you want to remove an app from a group, you can click the three-dot icon and choose Close Window. To expand the screen size of an app, tap the three-dot icon and select Enter Full Screen.

How to use the interface organizer on Mac computers:

To switch applications after activating the interface organizer feature on Mac computers, simply click on a specific application in the list of recent applications located on the left side of the screen.

To group more than one app together, click and drag the app icon from the list on the left side of the screen to the center. To ungroup apps, tap and drag the app icon back from the center to the left side of the screen.

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As is the case with iPads, you can customize the screen design while activating the interface organizer feature on Mac computers, by following these steps:

  1. Go to System Settings.
  2. Click on the Desktop & Dock option.
  3. Scroll down to the Windows & Apps section, when you get to the Stage Manager option, click on Customize. You’ll have the option to stop Recent Applications from appearing if you don’t want the list of apps to appear on the left side of the screen, and you can also stop desktop items from appearing.
  4. You will also find the (Show Windows From an Application) menu. If you choose (All at Once), all available windows for the application will appear when you click on it. If you choose (One at a Time), only the most recent used window of the application will appear.
  5. Save your changes by clicking the Done button within the System Settings window.

How to turn off the Stage Manager feature

To turn off the interface organizer feature on iPad and Mac computers, go to (Control Center) and click on the (Stage Manager) icon.


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