How do you use your Spaces?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ifjake, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. ifjake macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    i'm still figuring out which way i prefer, and was wondering what other people have got going so far.

    right now, it's pretty basic. two spaces, left and right. the left basically has everything, the right has iCal open fullscreen. and iChat is on both, so i can see when people talk back no matter what space i'm in. iCal's nice to look at uncluttered, but some other apps like Mail and Safari work fine windowed. i'm still feeling it out.
  2. invasian macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2007
    i have 4 spaces...finder is in its own and full space is for work related stuff like powerpoint and word...the other is misc...and one for browsing.

    i really like the space/expose combination...good stuff.
  3. xenotaku macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2005
    I don't. It is a waste of time. I just use expose, like I have for a while now. Why use an extra step to find a program when I can have them all open in one "space" and just click on the one I need using Expose. Seems like a waste of time and resources.
  4. gregneedham macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    I think it is personal preference and work style, but Spaces is far far better than Expose for my style. One of the big differences for me is that I always know what is in which window, and where it will be. With Expose, the windows are different sizes and move around depending on what I have open. No consistency, which for me slows me down.

    I have 9 spaces, activated by sliding my mouse to the upper left corner. I have my apps locked to the various Spaces, so they always open in the same space, which again, makes it faster for me.

    Space 1 is always left blank so I can have a clean desktop at the ready. It is part of my OCD...

    Space 2: Firefox
    Space 3: iChat and IM windows
    Space 4: Mail
    Space 5: Finder window, full screen
    Space 6: Safari
    Space 7: iCal.
    Space 8: Word processing program and calculator
    Space 9: Photoshop.

    The best new feature of Leopard IMHO.
  5. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    At work, I've been trying it like this:
    Top left: iChat, Safari, Mail, iTunes - the basics of everyday life.

    Top right: Terminal - for my Unix activities.

    Bottom left: today's project - usually a combination of Safari, Finder, Photoshop, and TextEdit windows.

    Bottom right: for temporary distractions - when somebody in the office wants me to look at something they need help with, to look at an iPhoto library, etc.​
    I have yet to figure out the best arrangement at home.
  6. Hobofuzz macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2006
    I've got 9.

    One for all my Adium windows and Safari.
    One for Mail and Newsfire.
    One for Interface Builder.
    One for Xcode.
    One for Office/iWork.
    One for Web Development.
    One for Aperture.
    One for Photoshop.
    And the last one is just empty space for later.
  7. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I only use them when I am doing both work and play at the same time. For example, over the weekend I had a bunch of terminals going in 1 space and I was importing images from my camera in the other. Keep things nice and separate.

    I don't use it other then times like that, too much clutter and too easy to get side tracked.
  8. Lord Sandwich macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2005
    1: Finder
    2: Internet apps (Mail, Safari, Firefox)
    3: Media players (iTunes, VLC)
    4: Remote desktop clients to my other PCs

    IMO Spaces + Expose is about as close to perfect as task-switching can get. :apple:
  9. dlmart2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2007
    Space 1: Finder, Safari
    Space 2: iTunes
    Space 3: Photoshop CS3, Adobe Lightroom
    Space 4: VMWare Fusion (Windows Vista)
  10. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    I don't use them now, but I'm thinking eventually I might be doing some collaboration over iChat (with shared computer screens). In that case, I'll probably add a second space with just the apps I'd be using for the collaboration.
  11. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I have 4 (Mail & Calender, Photoshop, one for none work related and one for BBEdit and Safari - Im a web designer).

    BUT the main thing I do is have my Mighty Mouse button in the middle assigned to spaces so its very easy to see all my spaces at one. Great for hiding the window your in quickly when needed :eek:
  12. un1ty macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2007
    Here's my setup:

    1 - everything else, safari, finder, sys prefs

    2 - Mail, iCal, AddressBook, Skype, iChat

    3 - Photoshop, Logic, iTunes

    4 - Flash, Reason

    I tried using more than 4 spaces, but that got confusing. I'm still tweaking it so I'm sure it will change.
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I keep Safari, TextEdit, and other windows open in more than one Space. I don't mean that the application is set to show in all Spaces. I mean that I have some Safari windows in one Space and other Safari windows in another Space, and the same for TextEdit.

    It can make it a little confusing when I click that application in the Dock. I haven't yet figured out which Space it will go to -- there must be an algorithm of some kind.

    Is my habit unusual? Do most people keep their apps distinct by Space?
  14. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    space 1: everything mac
    space 2: windows xp pro (vmware fusion fullscreen)
  15. hollerz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Durham, UK
    I don't think so. I have Finder or Safari windows open in all spaces because I'm usually dragging images off the web into iTunes etc.

    I have one Space for general (mainly Safari), one for iTunes, one for Mail, one for iCal and Address Book and Adium shown on all spaces. Everything else usually just goes in the "general" space.
  16. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    I have two spaces. One for Mac OS X desktop and the second space I have VMware running windows in full screen mode. Nice way to switch between OSs
  17. Voidness macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2005
    I have 4 spaces on my iBook, I'll probably have more on my MacBook Pro once I get one back ( Long story :mad: ):

    1: Main space for work.
    2: Adium and Skype
    3: Mail
    4: Safari
  18. chrisbeebops macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    I have 6 spaces.
    1. Mail, iChat, iCal, etc.
    2. Safari, Transmission, etc.
    3-6. One for each of my 4 major classes.

    Helps me keep everything nice and organized.
  19. ljones macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    1. Web browsers, iChat, Forklift, iTunes and main finder stuff

    2. Flash/Scripting apps, com & src folders

    3. FCP, or AE, or both, video folders

    4. Entourage, iCal

    Every Space: All notifications, settings

    Other stuff is wherever I am when i click open.

    Spaces was cool until i started doing work. Finder should not jump around unless the window I'm looking for is in another space. If I want to open a window in the current space and another is open, LET ME OPEN the f'n window! Dragging the damn thing over is counter productive. I've earned to open the windows i need in a given space, and have them ready when needed.
  20. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    Just so you know, it is THAT easy when using spaces as well. You don't have to manually switch to a space. Simply clicking on the dock icon for the program (or even Command + Tab) will auto switch to the space the program is in.

    That's what makes Apple's version of spaces so nice. I do most work in Space 1. However, if I get a mail message, I have mail set to open in Space 2. All I have to do is click the Mail icon in the dock, and I'm taken to Space 2. Click Photoshop icon in the dock and I'm taken back to Space 1.

  21. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Normally trunk to the kerb, that way I don't have to load shopping standing in the road.
  22. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    4 Spaces


    All - iChat

    I use a Hot Corner to invoke. It's become as second nature as Expose. They have two separate purposes. With Spaces, I no longer need to worry about hiding to alleviate clutter.
  23. Schnebar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2006
    I have dual screens and really don't need any more screen.

    But I have 2 spaces just for fun

    I do everything on space 1 but only have mail open on space 2

    I feel like leaving a bunch of apps open when I am not using them is a waste eventhough I have 2 gigs of ram
  24. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    Space 1: Internet
    Space 2: A/V
    iLife Apps (except iWeb)
    DVD Player
    Space 3: Productivity
    iWork (for most stuff
    NeoOffice (Im mostly just checking it out
    Office 04 (for when I want to guarantee compatibilty)
    Fusion (XP Pro or Ubuntu, not enough RAM for both)
    Space 4: Web Dev

    Finder, TextEdit, Terminal all appear on every space.
  25. mmendoza27 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    Space 1 (PRIMARY):
    Safari, xCode (trying to learn some programming), iTunes for streaming radio

    Space 2:
    Mail, Work Apps like iWork '08 apps (refuse to use Office until a Universal Binary)

    Space 3:

    Space 4:
    Parallels running Windows XP (512MB RAM) and small other apps

    I think spaces is better than Virtue Desktops, it's lightning fast (Have a MBP with 2GB of RAM soon to be upgraded to 3GB) and it keeps all your main apps together. It's what I've always wanted! I haven't installed Photoshop yet, I'd probably use Space 3 for Photoshop apps.

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