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Thursday, November 1, 2007

More cool things with Spaces!

I received many of these by emails from many different people and also through the comments. I won't name everyone, because it would just be too long. So basically, it is a few more ways of using Spaces more efficiently. The F8 shortcut is flashy, but I find it too slow to be useful in a workflow. That's why I really started liking Spaces when I realized I could switch space by switching application with Command-Tab. So here are a few ways of moving an application from one space to another without resorting to F8.

1. You can take the window of an application and move it to the edge of your screen. It will bring the application in the next space (if you bring it to the right edge, it will move it to the next space at the right). I really liked it when I found it, but I like the next one even better because it doesn't require as much use of the mouse.

2. The other way is to click and hold the window of the application and switch to the other space using the "Ctrl - 1", "Ctrl - 2", etc (the number corresponding to the number of the space you want to go to). The application will follow.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

12 Comments:

Blogger Ryan said...

Awesome

October 31, 2007 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger تومز said...

Hi,

Great tip with point 2. I couldn't get point 1 to work. No matter how deep I try to move the window it does not transfer to a new space.

Any suggestions! Thanks

October 31, 2007 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Admin said...

it doesn't move the application, only that window. i.e. if i have 2 safari windows open, only the safari window i drag or use the ctrl+ trick with will move, not the entire application.

and to get tip 1 to work, you have to drag the window to the edge and continue to hold the mouse there at the edge of the screen for the window to move.

November 1, 2007 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger تومز said...

Outstanding, I just tried it!
It worked. As you might figure, it follows the actual configuration so if you're in Space 1 you can't drag it to the left but you can drag it to the Space to the right of it and below it! Great, stuff!

November 1, 2007 at 12:23 AM  
Blogger Smelley said...

Keep em coming.

For what it's worth, I really don't get how using the mouse less helps when you by definition have to click on the window to use either method.

November 1, 2007 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

Anyway you got all your opened application in the dock. If you click one of opened app icon, spaces will bring you in the correct space where the opened app is without having to remember where the opened app is ;)

November 1, 2007 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

For those of us who can't afford Leopard, but still want Spaces, try Virtue Desktops. It's a free download that acts a lot like Spaces.

You can set it to switch desktops using the light sensor and/or motion sensor, or you can set keyboard shortcuts (I set mine up to be ctrl + the arrow keys (like in Spaces)). You can also use command + tab like in Spaces. You can add desktops, have a custom desktop background for each desktop, set different transitions to change between desktops, etc.

It takes a little playing around with to get used to it, but it is very comparable to Spaces--and it's free. You can download it at:
http://virtuedesktops.info/index.php/downloads/

Hope this helps!

November 1, 2007 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Try using the scroll bar button.

November 1, 2007 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Alfio said...

Wow both of these tips are very cool. Thanks for the tips and I always look forward what you have the following day. Keep up the great work!!!

I can not tell you how much I am loving spaces. That alone is worth the price of Leopard. Glad I didn't hold off from picking it up :)!!!!

November 2, 2007 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger VictoryCig said...

Wow, that second tip is great! Spaces is awesome, but the F8 button is inefficient on a MacBook Pro due to the keyboard light buttons. Wish I could set the keyboard illumination keys to require the fn button, but reserve the rest of the F keys for their special functions (so pressing F3 would mute without having to press fn, F1 would dim the screen, etc.).

November 2, 2007 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Tip 1 is cool though I heard about that the other day... on here I thought.. -_- hmm

Tip 2 is new, and very cool. Some may see these features as gimmicks or 'gloss' which isn't necessary, but I beg those people to keep in mind that Apple really don't put in features purely for show, and the OS is super fast and doesn't get bogged down but these features so there should only be kudos to Apple for having engineers and designers who just think of everything first time round.

November 4, 2007 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger Rawbourt said...

I accidentally found a keyboard shortcut in spaces that collects all your windows into the first space. press "c" in spaces to collect them.

December 28, 2007 at 3:01 AM  

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