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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler System 10.5
Hey guys this is a simple one but should be noted since it makes using Spaces even easier...in the Expose/Spaces prefs panel, assign one of your screen corners to Spaces. This will allow you to easily see the Spaces screen overview as if you opened the Spaces app or hit the F-key. I personally think it's faster than either one of those methods as well.

[robg adds: I'll always pick the keyboard over the mouse, but if you're the opposite, this will help. Also note there's a new active corner for Sleep Display, to quickly sleep your monitor.]
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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: joeraymond on Oct 29, '07 09:00:55PM

Not that this is a wish list type of post but here's what I'd rather see:

A) The ability to assign a larger range of keys to be able to activate Spaces. F8 is used for the keyboard backlight by default. How about the ability to assign the tilde key instead.

B) The ability to allow you to just move your mouse to the edge of the screen to go to the space that's along that edge. In tiger there were 3rd party apps that did just that.



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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: nathanst on Oct 29, '07 09:29:35PM
B) The ability to allow you to just move your mouse to the edge of the screen to go to the space that's along that edge. In tiger there were 3rd party apps that did just that.
If you are dragging a window and bring it to the edge of the screen, this will happen after a short delay.

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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: Neil Anderson on Oct 29, '07 10:47:04PM

I'm using F16 to activate Spaces.



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Use key other than F# [Solution]
Authored by: sr105 on Apr 24, '08 09:13:49AM

By: joeraymond on Mon, Oct 29 '07 at 9:00PM PDT
A) The ability to assign a larger range of keys to be able to activate Spaces. F8 is used for the keyboard backlight by default. How about the ability to assign the tilde key instead.

I found this while looking for something else, but I wanted you to know that this can be done easily if not obviously.

Go to the "Keyboard & Mouse" preference pane and then the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab. Under "Dock, Expose, and Dashboard" you'll find the current setting for spaces. You can change it here to anything you like. It'll look funny when you go back to the "Spaces" preference pane, but it works.



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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: rhowell on Oct 29, '07 11:11:42PM

When I read some time ago that switching between spaces would have keyboard support, I was very happy. Then I used it. There essentially is no keyboard support. Why can't I type option-1, option-2, etc. to switch spaces? Why do I have to type F8 first? Maddening!



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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: meikokun on Oct 30, '07 01:14:35AM

did you miss the whole lower half of the spaces preference pane, where it tells you which keys to use to get to the space you want, and you can even modify them to some degree?
Now, that IS maddening!



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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: lar3ry on Oct 30, '07 10:48:06AM

So...

Can I assign an arbitrary hotkey to shift to a different space? I mean, arbitrary... not some combination that requires the use of arrows with a user-selected modifier.

Under VirtueDesktops, which ceased development primarily because Apple was touting Spaces, I could map Ctrl+ various keys on my numeric keypad to bring up a particular screen (Ctrl+Plus = Mail, Ctrl+Enter = Web, Ctrl+Divide = Terminal, Ctrl+Asterisk = iTunes). The numeric pad is more or less unused on my systems, so this was a great way to assign special uses. Instead, Spaces makes me have to mentally associate each screen with a number, and then press the appropriate arrow that would get me to a particular screen in the "right" direction, and it may not be possible for a single combination to get me to the screen I want without getting to another screen first. I'd rather simply say: "I don't care WHERE I am, I just want to get to WHERE I want to be!"

Using Spaces, if I'm in my browsing screen, and I want to get to my Mail screen, I have to remember (Web is screen 1, Mail is screen 2, so I hit Ctrl+Down Arrow). If I'm in my iTunes screen, getting to Mail requires a DIFFERENT combination, and I may have to temporarily switch to a different screen on my way there. How is that useful???

Also, VirtueDesktops had really neat screen-changing effects, which I would have sworn that Apple's glitzy UI programmers would have had a field day with...!

Hopefully, I'll get what I used to have, but I'm a bit disappointed that I've lost some functionality in the meantime.



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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: meikokun on Oct 30, '07 12:15:52PM
"Instead, Spaces makes me have to mentally associate each screen with a number, and then press the appropriate arrow that would get me to a particular screen in the "right" direction"

yes and no. yes it makes you associate a screen with a number. if remembering which space is associated with which activity is a problem for you, maybe either spaces isn't for you, or you scroll through the screens anyway. (if it really IS a problem for you really, then you have bigger concerns in life than Spaces me old mate!)

"and it may not be possible for a single combination to get me to the screen I want without getting to another screen first"

yes it is

"I'd rather simply say: "I don't care WHERE I am, I just want to get to WHERE I want to be!""

but you can, dear boy, you can!

"Using Spaces, if I'm in my browsing screen, and I want to get to my Mail screen, I have to remember (Web is screen 1, Mail is screen 2, so I hit Ctrl+Down Arrow). If I'm in my iTunes screen, getting to Mail requires a DIFFERENT combination, and I may have to temporarily switch to a different screen on my way there. How is that useful???"

you are right, that wouldn't be so useful. But Spaces IS useful! there's a super-secret way of getting directly from space 1 to space 7. Im not sure I should tell you, as it is an easter egg hidden in the preference panes.
when I say 'secret', I mean it's right there under the section I mentioned to the other ranting bakka. you need to squint real hard at the lower part of the Spaces pref pane, and like one of those 3d images of a ball that appears on a page of noise, it will come to you. it says (and I'm squinting now...) 'To switch directly to a space:' and there, squint even harder and you'll see a drop down menu.

"Also, VirtueDesktops had really neat screen-changing effects, which I would have sworn that Apple's glitzy UI programmers would have had a field day with...!"

Finally, we are singing from the same hymn sheet, brutha!

"Hopefully, I'll get what I used to have, but I'm a bit disappointed that I've lost some functionality in the meantime."

ok, back to rant-before-you-think mode I see. how about you explore the app fully, have a nice cup of tea, and compose your thoughts. then, see if the deficiencies you are experiencing REALLY exist, and REALLY cause you a problem, and *then* post.

Or, you could always make sure that you dont use spaces, and simply use the version of VirtueDesktops that was released earlier this year by our brilliant developer friend (who, by the way thinks spaces is very cool - http://www.virtuedesktops.info/ ).

cheers!







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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: bensinc on Oct 30, '07 07:01:08AM

What I'd really like to do is set the direct desktop hotkeys to anything I want. For years under X, and recently with Desktop Manager I used plain old F1-F6 for my desktops.

Holding control/option/whatever and using the number keys sucks.



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