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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another System 10.5
For whatever reason, Apple decided that the Leopard Help window needed to be a floating window. Among other things, this means that you cannot drag it across Spaces. If you switch spaces while you open the Help window and accidentally open it in the wrong space, you may feel that you have to reload the whole thing in the correct space.

The solution is easy, though perhaps not intuitive: minimize the Help window and reopen it in the space you want it in. This should work with any window that can be minimized, even if doesn't transfer spaces by the usual methods.
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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: nmerriam on May 23, '08 11:24:30AM

I'd be a lot happier if you could find a solution that involves me using a baseball bat to the skull of whoever decided help windows shouldn't respond to the alt-tab cycle. There's nothing more helpful than having instructions prevent you from implementing them because you can't get at the application the instructions are for.

In the meantime, this is an awesome hint, thanks.



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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: chleuasme on May 23, '08 05:45:44PM
cmd-tab on Mac OS X, not alt ;-)

But it's not the same thing: if you want to have Help Viewer.app visible in the Dock or the command-tab menu, you only have to change a flag in the Info.plist of the application as follow

    i=/System/Library/CoreServices/Help\ Viewer.app/Contents/Info.plist
    sudo defaults write "${i%.plist}" LSUIElement 0
    sudo chmod 644 "$i"
Of course, it is completely unnecessary to do that (*), as settings that drives the window to always stay on top is indepedant to this (but still a bad choice indeed, in the case of this app ;-).


(*) well, almost: you now can hide Help Viewer.app by 1. select the command in the application menu if you already made the app be really frontmost (and thus have the right menu bar, but command-H won't work) 2. using the contextual menu in the Dock 3. type H while the app is selected in the floatting command-tab panel. Not really useful.

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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: chleuasme on Jun 01, '08 07:30:52AM
Source:
defaults write com.apple.helpviewer NormalWindow -bool true
;-)

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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: ´ú┐S on May 24, '08 02:50:00AM

I'd rather use a baseball bat on the head of the person who decided that Help for Safari would stay visible and on top of all the other windows if you switched to Mail.



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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: osxpounder on May 30, '08 02:29:49PM

I'm with ya all the way on that one, my friend! Well, maybe not the bat-to-the-skull part... I'd go with forcing them to use Windows Vista for a year.

It annoys me to no end that Apple pops up windows and dialogs, sometimes very important ones, that I can't see when I do an ExposÚ shortcut. I have to hide or minimize one app after another just to get back to a popped-up "window" or dialog box. They should all work with cmd-tab switching, ExposÚ shortcuts, and Spaces. Apple's own software fails to do this... sheesh, what excuse could there possibly be for that?



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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: hbrendel on May 24, '08 02:54:53AM

*censored*tail v. 4.1 now has an option 'Do not keep Help window on top of all other windows'.

It actually works!

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Henk Brendel



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10.5: Move the Help window from one space to another
Authored by: pmccann on May 26, '08 12:34:04AM

*censored*tail. Hmm, now what could that be. Aaah, c-o-c-k-t-a-i-l.

Obscenity-block like it's 1999...



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