How do you use your mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by VladM, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. VladM macrumors regular

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    What I mean is, how is your desktop arranged? Is your dock hidden/visible, on the bottom or one of the sides? What do your corners do? Which widgets are you using on your dashboard?

    I have recently switched to a mac, so I am trying to find the optimal way of using it. On my macbook screen, I think that the most efficient way of placing the dock is visible, but on the right hand side.

    I'd like to hear/see how other people use it.
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    This is how I like mine:
     

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  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Dock visble. Does not magnify. Bottom (because most people have the standard bottom dock).

    Widget: get whatever you want, or go to apple site to download more. I use Weather (multiple cities), Stocks, Multi time zone clock

    I set my new folder to open home folder. I put alias of important folders in there.

    I have VLC as small icon in new window top section.

    System Preferences / Sound / Sound Effects:

    Alert volume, very low or off
    OFF: play user interface sound effects
    OFF: play feedback when volume is changed
    OFF: playfront row sound effects

    I also disable the keyboard shortcut for front row
     
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I hate it when people have more than one icon on the desktop, it makes it look cluttered. But anyways, here's my desktop, the dock is hidden and all folders are arranged logically within finder so it is easy access if I don't know the name of the file. And there are very handy programs in my menubar to help me keep track of what my computer is doing.
     

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  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Visible, doesn't magnify, on the bottom. Turned Dashboard off a long time ago.
     
  6. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    On my iMac: Dock visable, Left hand side, No Magnification, Nothing on the desktop
    On my MacBook: Dock Hidden, Bottom, A small Magnify, Nothing on the desktop
     
  7. Benguitar Guest

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    My setup~
     

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  8. mark.s macrumors newbie

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    I like simplicity. Nothing on the desktop at all. I occasionally dump stuff their temporarily when I'm working on it, but it goes into a folder in /home or into the trash when I'm done.

    Dock is 2D, no magnification, no hiding.

    Haven't bothered with the dashboard since I upgraded to a new MBP about 2 weeks ago (replaced my 1st gen MBP that was still going strong - being used now by a very appreciative OH - replaced her 1st gen white MB - which is also still trucking and went to an aunt who had her Windows laptop stolen. I like to spread the Apple love!).

    I don't use hot corners, but have Spaces mapped to cmd-1/2/3 (I run a couple of VMs full screen in their own Space).
     

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  9. VladM thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Keep them coming!
     
  10. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I prefer my workspace to be clean and easy on the eyes (and brain) = clutter-free. Thus, disabled desktop actions. (my common dump folder is Downloads, which always gets overcluttered...)

    I have only the most-used apps in the dock; apps I don't use but every few days I open through spotlight. No magnification or hiding.

    Typically, my volume is low. I try to keep everything non-intrusive to working.

    I only use dashboard for two things, the sole reason I keep it active.
     
  11. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    Dock hidden (on the left), everything launched through Quicksilver. All about the keyboard on a laptop.
     
  12. kolax macrumors G3

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    My Desktop is quite clean - keep everything tidy. Use Dashboard all the time.
     
  13. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    For a colorful and somewhat busy style desktop, it is very clean and organized. it all meshes together well. i like it :cool:


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    Dull, yet open and easy to navigate.

    Threw my Home folder on the dock so i can quickly access Downloads and Documents as well as Applications and Utilities are on there are as well.
     
  14. redaxe macrumors newbie

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    http://img11.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture7w.png

    I like to go with simplicity and minimalism. I do have hot-corners activated though. Top right is desktop. Top left is dashboard. Bottom left is exposé all windows. Bottom right used to be spaces when I had Leopard but now I'm back to Tiger.

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  15. rrijkers macrumors 6502

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    You owe people! =)

    I use the bottom-right corner for spaces, bottom-left for screensaver, top-right foor expose all windows
     
  16. VladM thread starter macrumors regular

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  17. pwn247 macrumors 6502

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    Use this tutorial. ;)


    Here's mine, nice and simple, but very utility-based:
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  18. rrijkers macrumors 6502

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  19. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    I use my Mac to make breakfast.
     

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  20. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    Dock on the bottom, not hidden, no magnification.

    Dashboard - WeatherBug, wikipedia, iStat nano, Dictionary, Delivery Status and Stickies.

    Desktop - I try to keep clean. My wife, OTOH, drives me nuts -- she never puts anything in a folder!:mad:
     
  21. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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    Can you or someone else tell me what "stickies" widget do you use and what Weather notifier is that ?

    Thanks.
     
  22. kolax macrumors G3

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    Just the default Stickies Widget and changed the colour (in the info bit for the stickie). And the weather widget is the BBC Weather Widget.

    I find the BBC must more accurate than Yahoo's, plus it gives me wind.
     
  23. AAPLaday Guest

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    I wouldn't have thought a widget giving you wind would be a plus point :p
     
  24. ZunePod macrumors regular

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    I have dock at the bottom - hidden; a few folders: School, Movies, Random and Jailbreak.

    I use the Jailbreak one a lot because I jailbreak people iPhones and iPod Touches
     
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