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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space System 10.5
Spaces can be very useful, but there are some behaviours that can irritate or confuse. For example, if you switch to an application that has inactive windows in another space, you are taken to the space with an inactive window. This is usually helpful, but in some cases, especially if you use multiple spaces with one or two dev apps running in each, and need to go to the web via Safari to look something up, or open a Finder window to browse the local filesystem, it is not exactly what you want.

Fortunately, these two apps have New Window commands in their Dock menus. So, if you are in a space with Coda and a separate Terminal window or two, and need to open a Finder or Safari window but don't want to move spaces, simply choose the New Window command from the Dock menu of the appropriate app, and a new active window opens in the current space.

It's possible other apps have this command also (for example, TextMate does, but it opens the new window as inactive in the current space), so check out the Dock menus of your apps and see if this can help you enjoy Spaces even more.
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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: swilcox on Dec 22, '07 11:08:17AM

Interesting. I solve the Finder problem by having the Finder assigned to "Every Space." This is a nice alternative.



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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: whoadoggy on Dec 22, '07 02:59:04PM

Doesn't work for me. If Safari is linked to a certain space, the new window command in the dock brings me right there. Too bad, it would be a nice tip, if it worked. (10.5.1)



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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: sEEKz on Dec 23, '07 04:42:16AM

For Finder, you can also click on the Dekstop and press the command+n keycombo



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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: ecbtln on Dec 24, '07 10:41:34AM

This doesn't seem to work unless you do not have safari or finder in a specific space. If they are bound to space, then the new window will open in that specific space, regardless of where you click the dock from.



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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: spockboy on Dec 25, '07 03:19:25PM
You can achieve the same thing in QuickSilver with and some basic AppleScript:

tell application "Safari"
	make new document
	tell application "Safari" to activate
end tell
Simply save this AppleScript somewhere that QuickSilver will find it.

The good thing about the above AppleScript is that it doesn't mess around with focus (which can inadvertently switch Spaces). Unfortunately not all applications have a similar AppleScript command for making a new window (for example, Terminal does not).

I saved mine in my home directory, and called it "New Safari Window". I also changed it so that it had the Safari icon (by dragging the Safari icon from the "Get Info" window of Safari.app, to the icon in the "Get Info" window of the new script file).

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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: jaston1979 on Jan 18, '08 06:21:17AM

Depending on what your trying to achieve, you can also set spaces (system preferences) to open certain applications in every space. Just add Safari and click "every space" on the space option. So if you were to set Safari to be an application that opens in every space, then you could see the open safari windows in every space. If you were in space 2, 3, or 4 this would then allow you to open a new window in you current space without going back to space 1. So it doesn't switch you back to space 1, but the only problem is that that window will then show up on every space.



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10.5: Open new Finder or Safari window in current space
Authored by: ratfox on May 11, '08 02:40:22PM

So far, this is for me the most annoying "feature" of mac os X! :(

I simply don't understand what is the rule guiding this changing between open spaces. If you try opening one window on each space for two different applications, then just switch applications using Alt-Tab, you'll find yourself moving randomly from one open space to another, without rhyme or reason.

The thing I would really like is how to turn off this behavior. That is, I want to change open space ONLY when I explicitly ask for it.



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