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10.5: Set the default Space to something other than #1 System 10.5
On my new Leopard system, I have decided to go with nine Spaces, but I wanted to have Space number five (the middle space) be the "default" space, so that all other eight spaces would be adjacent to it. I stumbled across a way to make it so.

The trick is to assign the Finder to whatever Space you want to be your default, or home space. In Spaces' preferences (located in System Preferences), click the plus sign to bring up a file browser dialog box to select an app. Navigate to /System» Library» Core Services» Finder.app and assign it to the space of your choice (number five in my case).

Whenever you quit an open app and are returned to the Finder (rather than another app), you will go to your default space. Also upon login, you will be sent automatically to the space that you assigned the Finder to.
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10.5: Set the default Space to something other than #1
Authored by: jbarley on Nov 04, '07 07:34:50AM

I found that dedicating "Finder" to any particular "Space" can lead to problems with Time Machine.
In my case I had Finder assigned to Space3, while I was in Space2 running mail, I activated TM to retrieve a message from the day before.
After several moments of activity it appeared as if the time-tunnel effect had failed, and Mail was hung on an empty Desktop with no Dock or Menu bar.
Actually TM was running in Space3, but I was locked in Space2 with no way of getting to Space3.
Solution for me was to leave Finder free to run in whatever Space you may be in.
James.



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10.5: Set the default Space to something other than #1
Authored by: jonahlee on Nov 07, '07 10:51:03PM

THANK YOU! This is the best hint for 10.5 except turning off the 3D dock. The system was just acting too weird until this was activated. This should be the default and you can change it otherwise, or it is just too eratic!

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- Jonah Lee



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