Tutorial: Spaces on the Mac

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The Tech Blog is a section of our blog containing topics about electronic organising.

Spaces is a great way to organise windows. Let’s have a little look at how easy it is for you to use it.

Let’s get started!

First let’s set up spaces. On your Mac, running 10.5 or later, go to system preferences, and choose Exposé & Spaces. Pick Spaces. And choose enable spaces, as pictured below.

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Once ticked, spaces have been enabled. Now when you are ready to use spaces, after configuring it how you want, click the function key that you set it to. By default, this is F8.

You should now be seeing four squares, one of which containing all of the windows you were looking at.

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Note: If my images are different to what yours looks like, that is because I have dual displays connected to my Mac. Sorry about any confusion.

Each of these squares represents a virtual “Space” – a place where a bunch of open windows are.

Using spaces, you can help to clear up your desktop and keep things neat and organised.

Now try dragging a window to another space. now click the space. Notice how your other open windows aren’t there? That is because they are in another space, kept neat and tidy. To pick that space, press your function key and select the space.

In spaces preferences, you can even set applications to always open in a specific space.

That’s all for this tutorial, thanks for reading!

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