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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow System 10.5
Initially, I wasn't too enthused about Leopard's Spaces. Originally I tried using with the Command keys, then the arrow keys and even the menu icon, but it seemed a little more trouble than it was worth. Then I found a combination that, for me, completely improved my productivity.

First, set the Mac Mighty Mouse scroll button (System Preferences » Keyboard & Mouse » Mouse » Scroll Button) so that when it is pressed (not scrolled), it will initiate Spaces. Then set Exposé to activate when you go to a corner of the screen -- I use the bottom-right corner (System Preferences » Exposé & Spaces » Exposé » Active Screen Corners).

Now when you are working, use a separate Spaces window for each category of your major activities (such as a window for internet and mail; a window for Photoshop; a window for Deamweaver; and a window just for sorting files in the Finder). To swap windows, just press the scroll button to jump to the window you want to use.

If you slide your mouse over to the corner of the screen to reveal Exposé first, and then click the scroll button, all your windows will reveal themselves in the Exposé windows format. Then while in Exposé format and the Spaces layout, you can click and drag any application or Finder window from one Spaces window to another, making it very easy to reorganize your Spaces categories.

All this without ever lifting your hand off the mouse!

[robg adds: While I generally prefer the keyboard to the mouse, in this case, the mouse works better -- at least when I need to rearrange windows in Spaces, as you can't easily do that via the keyboard.]
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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow
Authored by: ecovelli on Apr 20, '09 08:07:15AM
There is a free System Preference called Warp, that is an elegant solution to this problem:

http://www.ksuther.com/warp/

Mouse, only, mouse with click, preview or space, entire edge, and many other features.

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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow
Authored by: dr.vox on Apr 20, '09 10:56:56AM

Seemed like a great idea and it was… until I found out I can't middle click to open pages in a new tab any more.



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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow
Authored by: thehigherlife on Apr 20, '09 04:33:07PM
i use [link:]http://alum.hampshire.edu/~bjk02/xGestures/ and then just use a mouse gesture to open spaces.

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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow
Authored by: cmac6126 on Apr 20, '09 11:39:58AM

As dr.vox said "Seemed like a great idea … until I found out I can't middle click to open pages in a new tab any more."
This would be a problem for me too since that middle click is in heavy use.

My solution for the last 18 months has been to set the Mighty Mouse side buttons to Exposé and the lower-right corner to Spaces. This lets me change apps/windows by just squeezing without moving the mouse, and also change Spaces by a quick flick of the cursor.
I set it this way because I use Exposé & Spaces frequently all day, but find I use Exposé slightly more often.
Depending on your use you could also reverse those to make Spaces on the Mouse and put Exposé on the cursor position.

The ability to use both Spaces and Exposé at once is also big productivity boost I find.
I have VMware XP running only in 1 space and my mail & iChat in another. iTunes I have running in all (because I need distraction from the guy humming loudly all day next door!)

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10.5: Set up a mouse-only Spaces workflow
Authored by: kyncaith on Apr 21, '09 04:56:23AM

Another all-mouse solution is to set Spaces and Exposé to two of the Active Screen Corners and then just hit both corners with your mouse. For instance, I have Spaces set to my upper-right corner, and Exposé to my lower-right corner. Then with just a quick slide up and down (or down and up, it doesn't matter what is activated first) on the right screen edge, I can activate both Spaces and Exposé.



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How to toggle hot corners on and off with one click?
Authored by: chimerical on Apr 21, '09 06:09:15PM

The question is how to toggle hot corners on/off with one-click? I frequently use all four hot corners, but while I'm used to it, it annoys most guests using my computer. The only way to turn them off right now is to change each one of the four to blanks in System Preferences.



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How to toggle hot corners on and off with one click?
Authored by: kyncaith on Apr 22, '09 05:05:37AM
Yes, you can accomplish this by using an AppleScript.

Download the script "Lava Corners (Switch)" from here: www.mediafire.com/?21pn9jtxegt This script comes from the following article, in case you are interested: www.mactipper.com/2008/04/lava-corners-turn-on-and-off-hot.html

Then, to meet your one-click requirement, put a link to this script in your dock, or go to the mouse preference pane and assign the script to one of your mouse buttons, like the side button (button 4) on the Mighty Mouse, for example.

If you look at the script in the Script Editor, it is a very simple script. It just reads the current state of the hot corners in com.apple.dock and then either disables them or sets them back to what they were depending on whether the hot corners are disabled or enabled. It then kills the dock, which is then reloaded with the new hot corner settings. It all happens very quickly.

I've put this in my applications folder as I don't need frequent access to it, but it really comes in handy as there are some apps, mostly games, that I use that I find myself accidentally activating hot corners.

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