Customise Leopard Spaces


Customise Leopard Spaces
Mac Tip #318/05-Dec-2007

After the last few Tips you may have Spaces almost completely under control, but there are a few final steps to taking total charge.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Visit System Preferences > Exposé and Spaces > Spaces and look at the Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts section.

Choose keyboard options from the pop-ups

Choose keyboard options from the pop-ups

Choose from the pop-ups how you’d like to Activate Spaces, Switch between Spaces, and Switch directly to a Space. Notice too that you can hold down any or all of Command, Control, Option and Shift in combination with the keys listed for each choice.

I’ve left my settings at the defaults so, for example, Control right arrow (or left arrow) cycles through each Space in turn moving to the right (or left). Control 1 takes me straight to Space number 1. [My screenshot shows that I was holding down Shift and Command while making my selection (as required by Snapz Pro X, my screenshot software).]

Rows and Columns

Customise how many Spaces you use, and how they are arranged, by clicking the + and - buttons beside Rows and Columns. A friend expressed a wish for 3 Spaces. To make 3 in a row click the + beside Columns, and the – beside Rows.

If you try to remove a Column or Row to which you’ve previously assigned applications an alert appears warning you that assignments will have to be moved.

Collect Spaces

After pressing F8 (or whichever key you’ve assigned) to see an overview of all Spaces, press the C key to collect all windows into one Space. Press C again to put them back.

Note: I found I couldn’t put the windows back into their Spaces with the C key after I’d created a new column between times.

Set an active screen corner

Set an active screen corner.

Set an active screen corner.

Visit System Preferences > Exposé and Spaces > Exposé > Active Screen Corners and select Spaces from one (or more) of the 4 pop-ups. In future when you move the mouse into that corner the Spaces overview will appear.

Again, note that you can hold down Shift and other keys while making your choice, to require those keys. [My screenshot shows that I was holding down Shift and Command while making my selection (as required by Snapz Pro X, my screenshot software).]

Thanks

With thanks to Andy Piper who pointed out the C key and hot corner in a very useful comment on the first Tip in this series.

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3 Comments

  1. Miraz said:

    I see the list of related posts had disappeared – I’ve now put it back. Below each post a list of posts that are probably related should now appear.

  2. nka said:

    Thanks for the tip about collecting the windows. I couldnt find your previous post, where you outlines more Spaces tips. Could you possibly email me with a link? Thanks!

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