9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2013 9:25 PM by mynameismyname
mynameismyname Level 1 Level 1
expertise.iphone
iPhone

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
Solved by Barney-15E on Aug 11, 2013 4:16 PM Solved

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.

Reply by Eric Root on Aug 12, 2013 8:32 AM Helpful

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.

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  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    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 8 Level 8

    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 9 Level 9
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    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

  • mynameismyname Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Let me clarify:

     

    We don't have SPACES anymore in OSX ML (as much as I know, or am I wrong?), but I use Expose to move away all program windows, expose only the Desktop, and I use Mission Control to show all the windows side-by-side.

     

    Still, this does not solve my problem... If I want to compse an email and manually attach a file (say a PDF file) by dragging it from the right side of the Desktop into my message, I'm looking for a way to keep ONLY MY MAIL WINDOW AND THE DESKTOP visible, without the clutter of the rest of the windows (Safari, Adobe ID, AI, PS, etc)...

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    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 9 Level 9
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    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.
  • mynameismyname Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    Thanks so much, Eric... This, together with Barney's suggestions, was really a big help !!!

  • Eric Root Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    You are welcome.

  • mynameismyname Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.iphone
    iPhone

    It works, but not flawlessly. Unless using Mission Control, if I'm in Mail and go down to the Dock, select InDesign and want to open an old document or a new one (Command-O or N) it won't switch to the Desktop assigned for ID. The Mac will ignore my request, or I will get me an EMPTY frame, and the only way to get out of it is hitting Command-period... Only if there is a document opened already in ID, then it will switch to it when selecting ID in the Dock.