Mac feels clustered.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BrerSam, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. BrerSam macrumors member

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    Can i get some advice :) I have had my macbook pro for a while now and i always get the feeling of feeling clustered when i use it, windows every where and not very organised.

    Can i get any tips on how to keep it organised and windows in check, it is bad to compare but i liked on Windows 7 you can see exactly what is open and how many tabs or windows of the application is open but on the mac im finding i am losing windows or clustered. I love my mac just looking for some tips on using it better :)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Do you use Exposé, Spaces and the Dock?


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  3. BrerSam thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks and no i only use the dock, i have not used the others.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Spaces and Exposé will seriously help your cluttered work.

    In Spaces you can set up different virtual desktops and assign applications to it. I currently have 12 Spaces (4 columns and 3 rows), with Safari and other browsers in Space 2, Mail and FTP in Space 3, System Preferences and other diagnostic tools in 4, PS, Avid, FCS in Space 5 to 8, entertainment and word/spreadsheet editing in 9 to 12.
     
  5. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    I don't use Spaces but I'd recommend setting up Hot Corners for Expose. Maybe one bottom corner for all apps and another for just the relevant app windows. Also, if you use the glass trackpad, you have three and four finger gestures.
     
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Also, just try minimizing the apps/windows you don't need at the moment. They will then appear in the dock.

    I have stripped my dock of pretty much anything I don't use everyday, and then - in preferences - set the icons to appear very small but turned on magnification so that when I run the cursor over it the icons get big again. When I need to find a minimized app/window I just run the cursor along the dock and click. I also have my dock along the side to make the vertical space bigger on the desktop. Try the dock there for a week to get used to it and see if you like it on the side.
     
  7. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    apple + tab, apple + ~, and expose solve all my needs. Minimizing can confuse the issue because they don't show up in the app and window switchers or expose.
     
  8. kernkraft macrumors 68020

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    Of course, but on the newer ones, it is cmd + Tab (->|).
     
  9. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    what is that? explain please. :)
     
  10. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    The tab symbol is depicted like this (except in one unicode character), as the poster in two posts above said: ->|

    See attached screenshot.
     

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  11. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, Expose is a great way to switch applications quickly.
     
  12. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Oh, thanks. Guess me and my keyboards are old. ;)

    Now I know why my users keep asking me what the apple key is. :)
     
  13. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816

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    I'm going to put in another vote for expose. I'm guessing you have one of the "newer" MacBook Pro's w/ the multitouch glass trackpad. If so, a vertical 4 fingers swipe down activates expose. This makes it very fast and very easy to switch between open windows.

    Watch the relevant video and see if it helps:

    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/features.html#overlay-trackpad
     

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