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Are multiple desktops in 'Lion' totally pointless?

4740 Views 22 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 7:50 PM by Barney-15E RSS
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 8:44 AM (in response to mrtn242)

    Full Screen puts the item you send to full screen into its own desktop.

    The application (ie Safari) is not sent to Full Screen, the Document window (ie "Safari window" is sent to Full Screen.

  • cosmicgirl Calculating status...

    Her is the main problem with all of this. People who are actually using their Macs to be productive shouldn't have to swipe, flip, switch or add any settings to any Mission Control, Launchpad or any other iphone-like whitchamacallit in order to get to the screen or app they want to get to. This convoluded new method is making my workflow not flow. Ther should be a way just to go to system settings and revert some like Desktop Switching back to the old spaces version for those of us who are seriously productive.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)

    That why I use a three screen setup...

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  • Hen3ry Calculating status...

    cosmicgirl:

     

    Is your issue that some work is required to change from one desktop/workspace to another, or just with the methods provided for making the changes?

     

    In my opinion, some cost of switching work contexts is inevitable, and the methods are likely to be a bit jangling.  Why?  Because the switching control(s) should stand out from those relevant to each context.

     

    Personally, while I really like using the trackpad, I don't like the gesture for entering Mission Control, mostly because I can't do it reliably.  (Clumsy me!)

     

    I hacked something together to help me get from one desktop/workspace to another:  I created a set of trivial, do-nothing applications, and I named them "DT1", "DT2", "DT3"....  I launch and assign each to the corresponding desktop/workspace.  I make sure their Dock icons are lined up in order. Now I can get to any desktop/workspace by double-clicking on a dock icon.  Quick and doesn't require entering Mission Control.

     

    As far as the basic concept of having multiple desktops/workspaces: this significantly increases my productivity. I frequently maintain lots of open windows in several desktop/workspaces, a moderate number in a few more, and a small number in others.  If these windows were all in one desktop/workspace, I'd be swamped.

  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)

    Thank you Ronda!!!

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Dec 8, 2012 7:50 PM (in response to Hen3ry)

    I hacked something together to help me get from one desktop/workspace to another:  I created a set of trivial, do-nothing applications, and I named them "DT1", "DT2", "DT3"....  I launch and assign each to the corresponding desktop/workspace.  I make sure their Dock icons are lined up in order. Now I can get to any desktop/workspace by double-clicking on a dock icon.  Quick and doesn't require entering Mission Control.

    Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, etc. seems a bit easier.

    You may also want to set MC prefs to not rearrange desktops based on usage.

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