If you sometimes feel that your desktop is too cluttered, or if you wish you had another computer screen to separate work from play, Mac’s “Spaces” feature delivers–without spending a dime on a second monitor. The Spaces feature allows you to shuttle between as few as 2 and as many as 16 desktops screens all on the same computer.
To enable Spaces:
- Click the Apple menu.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple drop-down menu.
- Click Expose and Spaces.
- Under the Spaces tab, select the Enable Spaces check box. Here you can also select how many Spaces you would like to have.
Once you have enabled Spaces, there are a few quick keyboard commands to help you navigate (laptop users may need to press the Fn function key to use some of these commands):
- F8: Displays all your Spaces at once in a bird’s-eye view (see picture). Choose your Space with a click. To move an application from one space to another, simply click and drag. Re-arrange the order of your Spaces by clicking and dragging the Space.
- C: Click “c” while in the F8-enabled bird’s-eye view to place all programs in a single window. Press “c” again to redistribute them as before.
- Ctrl+Arrow Keys: Toggle between Spaces while on the desktop.
Check out the Apple website for more information.