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mynameismyname Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Aug 11, 2013 9:59 AM

I always have my Mail, Safari and another 2-3 applications opened at the same time (Adobe ID, AI and PS). As much as having a large, 27" screen, and even though I limit each individual app's window to not fill up the full screen, they all end up filling up my screen... 

 

Now, when using Mail, wanting to manually select and attach a file from the right side of my Desktop where I keep stuff, what's the best way to clear out some of those cluttering windows?  I know I can click the "attach" button in Mail and naviagte to the Desktop, but I'm used to grab and drop attachments to my Mail message...

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 27 inch, 2.9 GHz, 8 GB Ram
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    Use Mission Control to add some desktops. Move related apps to single desktops, like Mail, Contacts, Calendar (maybe).

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4689

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10565

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11353

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10565

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11318

     

    You can still drag and drop between desktops.

     

    Here is a tutorial on Exposé: http://support.apple.com/kb/VI22

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to Barney-15E)

    I don't know if there is any info in those of dragging, but you can start dragging, then invoke Mission Control, or App Switcher (cmd-tab), to move to the destination app. Hover over the App windows and it will outline, then pop up to be active. You can then drop in that window.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 10:51 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    Try staggering your applications and shrink the window size by pushing up and to the left from the bottom right hand corner of the window. To change applications, click on it to bring it to the front. Screen shot of a 24" iMac.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 1.46.03 PM.png

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:16 PM (in response to mynameismyname)

    Mission Control is spaces.

    If you want stuff to go into the background when you drag, start dragging, invoke Exposé, hover over Mail's message window until it comes to the forefront, then drop.  You can achieve a similar result by cmd-tabbing to Mail while you are dragging.

     

    For your example, use Mission Control to show the Desktop only, grab the file and start dragging, then use Mission Control or the App Switcher to move to Mail. Hover until active, then drop.

     

    Or, if you haven't started composing an email, drop the file onto the Mail icon in the Dock.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    You can have spaces (now called desktops) by adding new desktops and assigning applications to a specific desktop. I have 4 desktops - see screen shot.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 11.26.42 AM.png

     

    Mission Control – Work in Multiple Spaces  


    1. If you want to keep the desktops in a specific order, go to System Preferences/Mission Control and uncheck the box " Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use." You can also select the box below that so if you open an application, you'll be taken to that space.
    2. If you want to cut down the number of desktops, there is also an option to remove the Dashboard as a desktop and have it work like it did in Snow Leopard. That can be set in System Preferences/Mission Control by deselecting Show Dashboard as a  space. You can access the Dashboard by clicking on the Dashboard icon in the dock or using the FN 12 key.
  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Aug 12, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to mynameismyname)

    You are welcome.

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