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Spaces is a huge timesaver
Authored by: schutt on Apr 17, '10 05:43:33AM

It depends on what you are doing. Spaces is best when you are using lots of windows and have sets of windows to switch between. If you are only using a few windows, Expose is convenient. One problem with Expose is that the windows don't always end up in the same location, so it takes a little while to find the correct window. With Spaces, I have windows grouped by task, so I can use it to see an entire set of windows at once. I also assign a number to each space, so I just hit control-number to switch directly to a space. So I'll have Safari or Chromium in one space, a writing program in another space (usually with several sections open in different windows), a spreadsheet or math program in another space, a bibliography editor (with lots of windows of notes in another, and Preview or Skim in another. Then, instead of looking through the list or grid to find the correct window, I can know that hitting ctrl-2 will give me Safari instantly. If I have several Safari windows open, I then use command-` or Expose to find the correct one. I know that ctrl-4 will take me back to whatever I was writing, without having to look through the list of earlier sections I have open for cross-reference. If I'm coding, I can have the docs open in one space, the code editors in another, and the output in another, and not end up with a huge pile of windows to sort through.

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