Do you use Spaces?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by petvas, Jan 17, 2011.


Do you use Spaces on Mac OS X?

  1. Yes, I find this feature to be very useful

    37 vote(s)
  2. No, it is too complicated or I don't find it that much useful

    41 vote(s)
  3. What is that?

    2 vote(s)
  1. petvas, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    The title says it all. Do you use Spaces? Please post here how many Spaces you use and how the feature works (or not) for you.

    I have 9 virtual desktops configured and I love it..
  2. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
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    I use 6.

    #6 is for a full screen windows xp VM
    #5 is Xcode
    #4 is Photoshop/word processing/web development
    #3 is email
    #2 web browsing
    #1 consists of stickies, text edit, and terminal

    My main problem is finding a set of shortcuts that don't interfere with other programs
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I used to when i had a mighty mouse. I could squeeze the mouse and activate Spaces but now with the magic mouse i cant do that. So i dont use it anymore. If it was effortlessly available then i would as its a v good feature but finding and reaching for buttons on your keyboard kind of negates the main purpose of spaces and thats efficiency. By the time you have found the button, pressed it and spaces activated you could of found the window you want in the dock with a click of a mouse. The magic mouse needs more gestures support.
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I use it and have it configured as a button on my mouse too.

    1. Safari
    2. Mail
    3. iTunes
    4. iMovie
    5. Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
    6. Gimp
  5. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    All the time. I have my e-mail in one space, web browser in another, etc. Makes for a much cleaner working environment when all your distracting crap is hidden away in another space.
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    I didn't use it on Solaris 20 years ago, and still find no need for it.
  7. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    Never really saw the advantage of it. I find it rather complicated and disturbing, so no spaces for me.
  8. ergdegdeg, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Yes, I use 3 spaces. One for IM, TV/videos and working, one for browsers, mail and working, and one for VMware.

    I use both Magic Mouse swipes and keyboard shortcuts for switching between spaces. I never go into the actual Spaces view but directly switch from one space to the other.

    Spaces was one of the two things I was most excited about when Leopard came out, the other being QuickLook.
  9. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    At work I do.

    One space for my OS X stuff (Lotus Notes, Firefox, Remote Desktop, Office stuff), the other space for a VMWare Fusion XP machine (running my Windows-only tools full-screen).

    I have Exposé setup so I can quickly switch Spaces by mousing to the top-right corner.
  10. Mactrillionaire macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2010
    I use it all the time and have it set at 8. In fact, I even put Spaces on the Dock in place of Dashboard as it can be awkward to do Fn+F8 without using both hands unless you are using a large keyboard. I also set iTunes to run in 5 so that it doesn't pop up when I connect my iPod touch. 6 is littered with Sticky notes. 7 is a full screen for Activity Monitor. 8 is littered with Terminal windows. 1-4 are used more for combinations of related tasks throughout multiple programs.

    Now, I wouldn't say that Spaces is essential, but it is really helpful, especially on systems with limited screens. You might not ever need it if you have a 27" monitor, though.
  11. ZenErik macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2007
    I am able to keep things pretty simple with my normal usage and even sound recording. Have never found much use for Spaces.
  12. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    My computer usage is very basic (just Safari, Adium, iTunes, Office and a Photoshop here and there) so I don't find much need for spaces. If I'm running a VM, then I often put it in its own virtual desktop so my main desktop stays clear.
  13. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use twelve Spaces, three rows with four columns.
    Top row is internet and system, middle row is digital content creation (DCC) with editing and image manipulation applications, and the bottom row is for entertainment and text editing.
  14. Mactrillionaire macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2010
    Spaces is more intended for technical users and/or professional settings. I wouldn't expect the casual user who is just doing a basic task or two to really find it necessary or even helpful. It really shines though when you are running many programs at the same time for a common related task.
  15. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Yes, I use 6 spaces and use the scroll ball click on the Mighty Mouse to access them.
  16. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What's the "scroll ball click"? Something to do with BTT or MagicPrefs?
  17. petvas thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    I use 9 Spaces. The first one is for Internet apps, the second for PIM applications, the third for iTunes and Aperture, the fourth for other iLife apps and Premiere. The fifth is for productivity (Office and iWork), the sixth space is for Outlook (work email), the seventh is for utilities like Path Finder, Toast, Handbrake and 1Password. The eighth space is for VMWare and the ninth for remote desktops.
  18. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2010
    I only use 2 spaces. I have become so accustomed to using exposé that I use just use one space for things Im currently working on, and space 2 for things I have running in the background doing their own thing.

    Still, even just 2 spaces has made me far more productive than before.
  19. peterja macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2008
    Three. Used to have four in two dimensions but I find that confusing at times if you use the arrow keys to navigate.
  20. H00513R macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
  21. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It's one of the standard System Preferences for the mouse.
  22. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I'm somewhat surprised by some saying that it's hard to set up... I find it's quite easy.

    #1 is Mac
    #2 is Windows XP (Parallels) in full screen - my computer essentially becomes a PC when I select this space
    #3 is a remote desktop for my headless Mac Mini server, also in full screen

    Each environment gets its own full screen to play with.

    Works great. I switch with a Control and right/left arrow keyboard combo which has no meaning for any application or other space so there's never any conflict.
  23. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    #1 is my main "work" window.

    #2 is typically Entourage in full-screen.

    #3 is iTunes and TweetDeck.

    When I run a VM through Fusion, that's on #4, but that's rare.
  24. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Ah, I get it. I read Magic Mouse instead of Mighty Mouse, which I also set to Spaces and Exposé with its buttons.

    I thought your were talking about the Magic Mouse and even prepared this until I realised my hiccup.
  25. Yakob macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2010
    Yep i use 4 and i use expose in the bottom left corner activate them... makes it super fast to switch between screens with the flick of the mouse.

    Not having spaces is probably the single biggest thing that drives me nuts when working on a windows machine.

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