Putting Applications/Windows in Top Sites-like array?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Trinite, May 19, 2011.

  1. Trinite macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    Hi all,

    I hope this isn't an absurdly ignorant question....

    Is there any way to arrange application windows on my desktop into an array that looks/works like Safari's Top Sites display?

    I've looked around a bit, but haven't found much....

  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Do you mean Finder windows rather than application windows? If so, use the Cover Flow view. Otherwise, I guess I'm the dense one.
  3. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    Expose' is pretty close for running applications.

    I used to put my favorite apps into a folder in the doc, which did something close to what you are asking.

    Create a new Folder "My Favorites"
    Create Alias for the applciation you want to place in "My Favorites" (right click the App and select "Make Alias" - this is similar to creating a shortcut in Windows.
    Drag the Alias to "My Favorites
    Repeat for all of the apps you want to include
    You can change the name of the alias just like any oter file - it still points to the original target
    Now drag "My Faovorites" to the Dock. Change it's display properties to your liking - I prefer dispaly as Folder rather than Stack and I think that it about as close as you can get to the view you were asking about.

    You may also want to just use "Recent Items" from the Apple Menu...
  4. Trinite thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    Gregg2, I did mean applications, when a number of them are open at once. Panch0, I guess that Exposé is pretty close to what I'm after; I've been playing around with it. But it's not possible to get that 3D panoply effect of Top Sites, then? Too bad. That's really what I wanted. I'll try the "My Favorites" folder, too.

    Thanks to both of you for your help!

    If anyone else out there has a way of getting closer, I'd love to hear it....
  5. hoodb14 macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2011

    While expose is a great way to see current windows, I really like the spaces feature. It allows you to have multiple desktops in a sense. You can assign a certain application to a certain space. ex) if you assign google chrome to space 2, than every time you open or switch to chrome, than it will automatically switch to space 2. I assign all my most-often used apps to certain spaces and it works great. Also assigning screen corner actions is useful. I assigned a screen corner to activate spaces.
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Ok, if I'm understanding you now: No. That would be asking different applications to "play nice" with each other. Much easier to do that within one application, like Finder.

    You can Command-Tab to "scroll through" open applications. Were you aware of that?
  7. Trinite thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2010
    Okay, I guess that makes sense. Too bad, though: can't they all just get along? :)

    I do know about Command-Tab. That certainly works, but doesn't have the visual effect I wanted.

    Thanks for your help!

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