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Authored by: arcticmac on Apr 16, '10 11:36:54AM

I use spaces far more than expose, and consider it to be entirely different from having multiple monitors - spaces allows me to separate tasks that I'm working on, whereas multiple monitors allows me to look at more of the current task at once.

My setup involves having a separate space for each "task". I use 9 spaces and often have a different project going in 7 or 8 of them at any given time. Absolutely key to being able to do this is doing a

defaults write com.apple.Dock "workspaces-auto-swoosh" 0
I also really appreciate
defaults write com.apple.Dock "workspaces-swoosh-animation-off" 1
The other thing I've done that I really like is to setup (using the keyboard prefpane) so that cmd-f1 takes you to space 1, etc. That way, I hit cmd-f1 to go to my "email and general web browsing" space, and cmd-f2 to go to the space where I'm working on my physics homework, and cmd-f8 to go to the space where I'm working on an app in xcode.

Having done this, I usually use expose relatively little - just to get to the desktop when I need to. The thing is that each task only involves a couple apps usually, so it's much faster to use cmd-tab to get to the app I want than to hit the expose key, move a hand to the mouse, and then find the window I'm looking for. This is also not helped by the fact that I use expose infrequently enough that I often can't remember which key is "all windows" and which is "app windows".



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