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Sunday, October 28, 2007

A really cool way of changing spaces!

I know I am back with another Leopard-only tip, but it's because it is new and there is so much great stuff that I discovered and want to let you know about. In Apple demo video, they only showed how to change from one space to another with "Ctrl - 1" (the number corresponding to the space you want to go) and "Ctrl - Left, right, up or down arrow". I thought that was cool, especially the one with the number, but I discovered after using for a while that there is another quicker way. So let's say you have Safari in space number 1 and Mail in space number 4. You are currently in the Safari one and you want to switch to Mail. Using the "Command - Tab" dialog to switch to Mail will actually bring you to the space where you can find Mail. You can also just click on the Mail icon in the Dock to switch as well (if Mail is open in the other space). I think that's great, because you might not always remember in which space number you left a certain application.

15 Comments:

Blogger Eric W. said...

Quicksilver is my favorite app switcher. Set F13 to mail and F14 to Safari. The first time you hit them, it opens the app. The next time you hit it, it switched the focus to the last active window in that app. It's definitely the fastest switcher for the apps you use the most.

October 28, 2007 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

ERIC W., yes, we all know about Quicksilver but we aren't about just switch applications. Leopard uses SPACES, you can have how many desktop you need and you can have SAFARI on this desktop, MAIL on another desktop and iWeb in another desktop. If you don't remember where MAIL is you can't push CONTROL+desktop number beacuse you don't remember where MAIL is. So when you click on the app icon Leopard brings you the correct desktop ;)

October 28, 2007 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

This has nothing to do with this topic, but I really need some help!!! I accidentally deleted a very important folder and emptied the trash on my mac. Is there anyway to retrieve this folder?!?!?

October 28, 2007 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Nelson said...

Use Time machine

October 28, 2007 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

i setup time machine after i deleted it. Is there any other way?

October 28, 2007 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Jordan, sorry, if you emptied the trash, there isn't anything you can do to recover the files less a backup.

You might be able to do an "undo", but that would have had to be right after deleting the files and emptying the trash.

October 28, 2007 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Eric W. said...

What I meant was, if you're in Space 4 in Mail and you want to get to Space 1 with Safari, Quicksilver would be faster than CTRL+1.

October 28, 2007 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Chrisulloa said...

I love my new Leopard!

October 28, 2007 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger a54bclw said...

I don't get the whole spaces thing??? How is it any different from the way we have been switching between windows using Alt-tab for PC,
and apple-tab for mac? Am I missing something?

October 28, 2007 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

There really isn't a need to use Spaces if you don't mind a cluttered desktop. Other folks like separating there windows so that Mail is in one space, browsing is in another, etc...

It's mostly a personal preference. Apple just made virtual desktops really easy to work with and adjust to your liking.

October 28, 2007 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger ï£¿MacMan said...

How did you make your widget for this blog? What program did you use?

October 28, 2007 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger matbi-34 said...

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October 28, 2007 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I accidentally figured out a quick way of moving windows between spaces. If you take the window and drag it to the side of the screen where you want to move it to and hold it there for a few seconds, it switches to the next space and brings the window with you.

October 28, 2007 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Whoa matt that's freakin cool!

RE: jordan - It is possibly to retrieve 'trashed' files but it is expensive and often hit and miss. Basically it involves locating the respective blocks of your hard drive where the files you deleted were located and reviving the residual data. This is also assuming you have not over-written these blocks.

It really is ironic that just as Time Machine makes backing up a piece of cake you lost your files, and didn't have Time Machine set up... lol. Sorry I know it's not funny..

October 28, 2007 at 11:54 PM  
Blogger Troy said...

also if you click on a window and hold it, you can cycle through your spaces and drag the window with you

October 30, 2007 at 10:57 AM  

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