Re: How does Spaces work?
- From: james.dore@xxxxxxxxxxxx (James Dore)
- Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 09:45:22 +0000
zoara <me18@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I understand the basics of this, but have some specific questions about
organising apps across several spaces.
Say, for example (and this is an idealistic example just to help me ask
the questions), that I have a "work" space and a "play" space. In the
work space, I'd want a couple of web browsers showing boring work stuff,
my work email account, Word and a couple of PDFs. In the play space I'd
want a couple of web browser windows, my IM and my home email account.
And I have Growl installed.
If I'm in my work space looking at the web browser, and switch to one of
the play windows (either through the Window menu, cmd-', or the dock
menu) what happens? Does the window pop up onto the work space, or does
the view shift to the play workspace before displaying the window? If I
open a link in a new window, does that new window appear on the current
The view shifts to the space in which the window resides, by using any
of the methods you mentioned. However....
I have Opera fixed to Space 2. I opened a second window and dragged it
to Space 3. Using that window to open a link in /another/ window opened
it back in space 2. I suspect this would not be the case if I did not
fix Opera to space 2 - in that windows would open in the currently
viewed space and stay there.
Can I have two Mail mailbox windows open, one on each space, each
looking at a different mailbox? I guess if I start a new email, the
email will appear in the space that I am currently looking at?
Probably - never tried it, as I like all my mail in one window :->
If I get an IM and am in my work space, will I be made aware of it? If I
click the IM icon, will it automatically switch to the play space?
Depends what sort of notification your IM supports - Growl will work, as
will a bouncing/otherwise-animated Sock icon
If I am in the play space and click the Word icon in the dock, does it
switch to the Work space?
If you fix Word to the work space.
Where do Growl notifications appear?
in the current Space. Growl appears to occupy the same UI layer as the
dock - i.e. floating above application layers
How does the feature to 'lock' applications to a space work? I know it
makes the app start in that space, but does it also mean you can't move
that app's windows to another space?
No, you can move them - I've just tried it with Terminal.app which I
have fixed to space 3 - but clicking on the dock icon for it whilst in
another space moves me to space 3, and trying to open a new window
whilst in another space by right-clicking the dock icon also moves to
the fixed space and then opens the window.
I moved a terminal window to space 2, where it remained and opened
another window whilst in space 2 - this opened in space 3 (where the app
If all my PDFs are open in the work space, and I'm in my play space and
open a PDF file, will it open that file in my play space?
Apparently not - I just tried opening a PDF in Preview in space 1,
switching to space 4 and opening another PDF - it snapped back to space
Is it possible to 'label' spaces in any way? I know you can't change the
backgrounds (which would be useful), but is there any other way (third
party or not) to signify that this is your work space and this is your
Not that I've found - but I'm quite happy with 1, 2, 3, 4 anyway (that's
how I had my old Codetek VDPro/YouControl Desktops labelled)
New College, Oxford
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