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Spaces and Expose

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Kelvin Chung Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Aug 28, 2009 9:20 PM
One weird thing about Snow Leopard when combining Expose and Spaces is that if I have an application whose windows are across multiple spaces and I use F10 (Expose for the one app), then it will show all the windows from that application from all of the spaces, instead of all the windows from the current space (as is the case in Leopard). Is there a way to change this to the latter in Snow Leopard?
MacBook Pro C2D, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 9:34 PM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    AFAIK, there is no way to do that. you can make it show all windows from all applications in the current space but not all windows of only this application in the current space.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • Mitchell Huff Calculating status...
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    Aug 31, 2009 7:23 PM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    If anyone finds a solution to this, please post! I use Spaces extensively, and delineate spaces according to tasks. For example, I have a separate spaces for finances, software development, job hunting, etc. I use the web in almost every task, so every space has several Safari windows.

    In Leopard, Expose's application mode would only show the windows for that application in the current space. Now, using Expose with Safari in one space shows me windows from all spaces. I'm having to sort through a bunch of unrelated windows just to find the one I want. If I pick the wrong one, I get zipped to another space. Very disorienting.

    If anyone figures out how to restore the Leopard functionality, please let us know. Thanks.
    Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Peter van Broekhoven Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 31, 2009 9:59 PM (in response to Mitchell Huff)
    Mitchell Huff wrote:
    If I pick the wrong one, I get zipped to another space. Very disorienting.


    What I'm experiencing is that I see the window zip off to another space, but I remain in the original space. To me that's even more disorienting because I now have to go searching each space for the window. If there's some setting to get the behaviour you're describing I'd love to know what it is.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Nathan Florea Calculating status...
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    Sep 1, 2009 12:04 PM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    This is driving me crazy. I'll often have 10 different Safari windows open in 4 different Spaces and now trying to find the one I want is a huge PITA. And if I hit the wrong one, I'm swept to a different Space. I find myself resorting to the old CMD-~ to rotate through my windows rather than use Exposé. At least they haven't broken that.
    I am praying that there is a hidden preference that will return it to the old style of behavior, but it isn't looking very good.
  • Peter van Broekhoven Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 1, 2009 4:58 PM (in response to Peter van Broekhoven)
    Turns out the behaviour I'm seeing is because I have the following set:

    <pre>defaults write com.apple.Dock workspaces-auto-swoosh -bool NO</pre>

    This will stop the "swooshing" away from your current space, but it won't stop windows from other spaces showing up in Exposé.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Michael Anderson7 Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2009 9:51 AM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    I've also noticed this - it's very annoying. I'm hoping it's a bug (and hence will get fixed), but I'm fearing that it's a "feature."
    Mac Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iPhone 3G S, Mac OS X (10.6), iPhone OS 3.x
  • douthat Calculating status...
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    Sep 9, 2009 11:47 AM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    I've noticed this bug too. At least, I hope it's a bug.
    17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz 4GB/500GB, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Mark Muir Calculating status...
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    Sep 9, 2009 1:34 PM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    I'm liking the fact that Spaces now actually works. I can have a different Xcode project open in each space, and use Find (command-F) and go to line (command-L) without it randomly switching spaces and performing the operation in the wrong window.

    However, this "Application's windows" Exposé issue is making it more difficult to switch between windows in the same space.

    I was hoping an Apple Engineer might have placed a hidden preference to change this behaviour, but alas, it appears that Snow Leopard's binaries will not expose their secrets to the 'strings' command, so we'll have to wait until someone leaks the information the old-fashioned way.
    Power Mac G5 Dual 2.5GHz (2004-2007) - Deceased (coolant leak), Mac OS X (10.6)
  • efurst Calculating status...
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    Sep 14, 2009 3:57 AM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    10.6 definitely broke the Expose functionality by pulling up windows from all spaces. I also use multiple app windows across several spaces, divided by tasks. Now I find myself hunting for the right window.

    Arrgh...
    15" mid-09 MBP, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Mitchell Huff Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 17, 2009 10:43 AM (in response to Kelvin Chung)
    This problem has been fixed! The solution is two terminal commands.

    $ defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-show-windows-in-other-spaces -bool FALSE
    $ killall Dock

    (the dollar signs are not part of the commands)

    This is soooo much better. I can now be completely happy with the upgrade to Snow Leopard.

    Source:
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20090930071112438

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