How do you use spaces?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sanclemente, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. sanclemente macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2005
    Hi All,
    I just upgraded to Leopard and I'm trying to wrap my head around Spaces. It seems neat and all, but I can't really figure out how to use it in my workflow. I typically just switch between apps with apple - tab. So, how do you use spaces?
  2. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Two spaces. One for OS X and the other for VMware Fusion running XP fullscreen.
  3. munson macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2008
    Boston, MA
    IM's in one space, iTunes in another space, Firefox in one space, Transmission/other random crap and finder windows in the fourth space. Also, when I have to do actual work or play games I do it in the space with Transmission.
  4. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Chicago, IL
  5. Cybix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    exactly the same as me. Except I'm now using six spaces. Same as above, but one for web dev (coda), one for terminal windows, etc.

    LOVE spaces
  6. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Berklee College of Music
    My spaces is set up for Finder and related in space one, internet browsing in space two, Music editing/composition in space 3, IMing/iLifeApps/et cetera in space 4, I forget what I do in space 5...and Mail in space 6. That's probably not the most efficient way of doing things, or atleast not for other people...but I like it and it works for me. Just figure out what you like best, or don't use it at all..It's not really mandatory or anything.
  7. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I also have mine set up like this, but use a couple of extra spaces for the random stuff instead of putting it with Transmission.

    As for using it in your workflow, it all depends on what you find most comfortable. You could have a different space for each project, or bunch related apps together. Personally, I just love being able to frame a program with an uncluttered background. Both aesthetically pleasing and functional (since assigning most-used apps to specific spaces means they're always easy to find). :)
  8. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    1. Safari and stickies
    2. Mail
    3. iCal
    4. iChat.
    5. Sibelious and logic or iMovie
    6. iTunes and limewire
  9. TravisReynolds macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2008
  10. TH-Gunner macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2008
    Spaces is pretty cool. This might help you get started:

    To call Spaces up (view all active spaces and be able to select one to bring to focus), you can:

    1. Press F8 (or whatever your hotkey is set to)
    2. Click the icon in the Dock (assuming you have Spaces in the Dock)
    3. Move the mouse to a corner of the screen; choose which corner in System Preferences

    To move around Spaces, you can:

    1. Call Spaces up using the aforementioned methods and click on the space of your choice
    2. Use Apple + Arrow (up, down, left right); you might have to choose this hotkey for yourself in System Preferences
    3. Click the Spaces icon in the Menu Bar at the top and choose the space (if it's not in your Menu Bar, you can put it there by checking off a check box in System Preferences)
    4. Drag a window to the edge of a space and hold it there for a second or two

    Also note that you can make certain applications always open up in a certain workspace. You can "default" it to Space 1, 2, 3, etc, so that whenever you open it, it will go to that Space (and it will change the current Space for you automatically).

    One of my favorite things to do is this:

    I have Expose set up so that bottom-left corner shows the desktop, bottom-right organizes all windows, and upper-right shows me all spaces. If I have a cluster of open windows on my desktop, I organize all the windows by moving the mouse to the bottom-right, show Spaces by going upper-right, then move one of the windows to the clean new Space.

    It just feels so pro :cool:
  11. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    i find it is easier and more efficient to do this with spaces

    eliminate all columns until there is only two
    eliminate all rows until 1

    so you have two spaces
    switching back and forth between two makes it easier and better i think.
    having to press something more than 3 times to go to space 5 or something gets confusing and tiresome

    i mean i use an external monitor so two spaces is more like 4 spaces i guess
    its nice to use spaces as stated.

    put itunes on my 2nd space as i can control it from my keyboard and if want to change it just go their and do not have to open it.

    i also put background programs (ie ripping, copying) on the second

    and if doing a project for example
    pages and text edit and iphoto in one space
    then safari in the other if you have a lot of windows
  12. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I use it as a Hot Corner along with Expose and Dashboard. It took me a while to get Spaces to work for me, but this finally works.
  13. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    i have the same set up almost
    i just use command arrow to switch and have dashboard left bottom, desktop bottom left, all apps up right.

    well not exactly or close

    just remembered this.
    when i am at home i use external mouse and keyboard, my mouse has another set of back and forward so i use that for spaces using usboverdrive which is amazing right now

    i was even thinking of having my tilt wheel left or right
  14. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    if you are a mouse person, I set up spaces as middle click and love it. Its so easy for me to switch around spaces. I also have it set up as a hot corner
  15. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I have the Finder and iChat or Adium (iChat at work, Adium at home) set up for every Space so they're always there, and then Safari/Firefox in Space 1, Mail/Address Book in Space 2, Pages/Keynote/Numbers/etc in Space 3, and Space 4 usually left blank so if I need to see the desktop I can get there without using Expose (which has cause issues with several programs in the past).

    I also never use the Spaces view, I just either Apple-Tab between applications or hit Control-Arrows.

  16. BlackMax macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2007
    North Carolina
  17. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    I have four.

    Space 1 - Safari, Adium/Skype Conversation Windows, whatever I'm working on.

    Space 2 - Mail, Skype/Adium contact lists

    Space 3 - iTunes

    Space 4 - Overflow. I don't really use this but if I need extra room, I'll use this. Say if I have Final Cut open in Space 1 but what to check up on various forums I go on, Myspace, etc.

    I did have Six until a minute ago but I realized I never used that many. Plus it can be confusing at times if I accidentally press the wrong button my mouse.
  18. kap91 macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Spaces is amazing, just takes a little while to get used to. I currently have 9 spaces although I only normally use 6

    1. Used for Safari and anything else
    2. Anything
    3. EyeTV
    4. Mail, iCal
    5. iTunes (I like the window to be open but I don't want to see it-this works out great)
    6. iWork, Office, etc
    7. Final Cut Express
    8. Livetype
    9. Gaming

    Of course this might be a bit overboard as viewed by some but for me at least it works out great. I love being able to keep all my windows open and not minimized or closed but still not have the window clutter.
  19. montycat macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2007
    For some reason I can not get Spaces to work. When I assign an application to a space and click on it, the screen always reverts to the desktop. Does any one else have the problem? MC
  20. iPhil macrumors 68040


    I currently have 3 spaces..

    #1 space: EyeTv (Full Screen)
    #2 space: internet/ IM client
    #3 space: iTunes / other stuff ;) :eek:
  21. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
  22. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    "How do you use spaces?"

    Simple answer: I don't :D

    I can't stand it.
  23. andy.barron macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2006
    Bedford, England
    I agree, apple 'tab' has done it for years. Still each to their own...
  24. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Canada EH!!!
  25. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Apple Tab is for girls. I just click on the appropriate app in my dock. What could be easier?

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