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OS X Tip: Working with Spaces

Spaces is an OS X function that helps end users reduce clutter on the desktop by allowing the application windows to be grouped together. It also enables a unique view in managing the ease of switching between each “Space”.
We here at Macdaily live and die by Spaces. Utilizing this functionality is a very large time saver for workflows, both centric to work and play!

Let’s dive into what Spaces can be used for and how to best maximise your workflows with Spaces.

Spaces is a multiple desktop view and a very easy way to group applications together. As seen below, the function allows for many different apps to be used per ‘Space”.

As you can see above, I have my Tweetbot and Reeder applications up on Desktop 3. But I also have multiple applications running on Desktop 1 and Desktop 2. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

To setup your applications to stick to a certain “Space” all you will need to do is right click on the application, once opened, navigate to the Space you want to utilize, and pick your choice from the drop down (seen below). It’s that simple!

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Personally I have my apps broken out into a “work” space, a “macdaily” space and then an “internet” space.

To switch between Spaces is a time saver in and of itself. With the trackpad at your fingers, literally, you swipe with three fingers left to right or right to left to switch between Spaces. I utilize this workflow thousands of times a day to check on different Spaces and the apps running on each.

The setup can be found, and updated to 4 finger swipes if you so choose under System Preferences –> Trackpad. Once there you will need to hit up the last tab labeled “More Gestures”.

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Even though it says Swipe between full-screen apps, you do not need to be in full fullscreen mode to take advantage of this great functionality. Once setup, and once you get used to working between Spaces you will never be able to go back to one screen. This takes away the need for multiple monitors for my workflows at work, thus I am working faster and work saves a few bucks.

The system only comes with a default of one extra Space but I have had up to 5 Spaces been used at any one time. You can easily add a space by using the “three finger swipe UP” function to show your Spaces. Once there, hover over the right side of the screen to bring a mini desktop with a + sign on it. Just click and add however many you need/want.

The same holds true for deleting a Space. Use the “three finder swipe UP” function and hover over said Space you want to delete. After a second or two an X will appear. Click and poof, it’s gone!

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You may have noticed that each Space acts as it’s own desktop which in turn allows you to be creative with background images etc.

So with all of that out of the way, I hope you are on your way to setting this up ASAP. This is a large crowd pleasure when I show new Mac converts about this functionality.

Questions or comments, please let us know below in the comments section. Come back and let us know after you have set it up how it is working for you!

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7 Replies

  1. c d

    I love it especially when working in parallels…PC in one space, mac in the other!

    1. Hahaha – I may have to do a bit of a Flame Wars about WIndows on a Mac – but I know someone folks need it!
      Welcome to Macdaily C.D.

      1. Yes, unfortunately I too am one of those that has to run windows virtually for work. Try as I might, they won’t provide the VPN software for Mac.

  2. emrah

    a quick question: is there a way or an application that shows which application is assigned to which space?

    1. Emrah, by default it is assigned to whichever Space you open it in. Unless you assign it specifically to a certain space.
      That I am aware of, I am not sure of an application that shows which is which. Although, just launch the app in question and reassign it if necessary.

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