Mac Tips: Getting More Desktop with Spaces

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. 

This post is part of a series of “Mac Tips” about the latest Mac operating system (Mac OS X).  You can find these tips and a lot more in the category “Technology Survival Guide.

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