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10.6: Focus on an individual window within Spaces overview System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintIn Spaces you can reach an overview mode by pressing the F8 key, giving you an overview of your spaces. However, it is hard to see the individual windows within this mode, as they may be tiny.

The solution is to hover over a window and press the space bar; it will focus on the window and expand it to full size for easy reading. You can click on the window to expand it normally at this point. This also works in Exposť with a single space.

[crarko adds: I tested this in Snow Leopard, and it works as described. It has been pointed out that this does not work in 10.5.]
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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: wallybear on May 27, '10 07:57:26AM

@crarko:
No, does not work in 10.5.x



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: Geobunny on May 27, '10 07:59:29AM

Doesn't work in 10.5 - Quicklook in Spaces/Exposť is a new feature for 10.6.
This has also been covered before http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20090831193900259



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: crarko on May 27, '10 09:02:07AM

Opps, you're quite right. That previous hint covers this. Chalk this up a a 'new guy' faux pas, but I am happy that some are seeing it for the first time anyway.



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: poenn on May 27, '10 08:03:11AM

That is cool. Didnít know of it, thanks!



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: hankk on May 27, '10 08:25:54AM

Cool!

Note that once you hit the spacebar once, you can then mouseover any of the other windows, and they immediately grow once you're over them, even if you're on a different window than where you hit the spacebar the first time.



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: lowbatteries on May 27, '10 08:36:28AM

Note that you can use Exposť in the overview is well - on my keyboard, I hit F8 for the overview, then F9 to show all windows using Exposť. Quick Look works here too.

This is great for organizing your spaces, because you can easily see all your windows and drag them between spaces.



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Focus in on an individual window within Spaces overview
Authored by: MacUser06 on Jun 01, '10 04:36:15AM

I just thought it was worth mentioning, that you can just hit "1" or "2" to watch all the windows of an app after having pressed cmd-tab to switch between applications.
This should work fine with both Leopard and Snow Leopard since this is a feature of Expose.
As long as you haven't turned off the feature of "show other spaces windows" with the "Secrets Preferences Pane" which easily found by some googling.

This was just meant as an alternative route.
-I'm lazy and find's it easer to hit spacebar after the to step mentioned above.

And you don't have to use a mouse at all, the arrow keys will suffice.

Hopes this was of help

McUser06

Edited on Jun 01, '10 04:38:58AM by MacUser06



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