One such feature was Spaces, OS X’s way of creating a grid of different windows for different apps. It was a good way to organize apps on the Mac’s screen. Here’s how to get it back.
Spaces Out, TotalSpaces In
Spaces made its debut on OS X with version 10.5, Leopard. Today, Spaces is called Mission Control and it doesn’t work quite the same as the original.
TotalSpaces is a Mac utility which brings back most of the functionality of Spaces, even on OS X Mountain Lion and Lion.
Once you setup TotalSpaces you get a grid of screens, or Desktops. Moving from one Desktop to another is easy, and you can place files, folders, and apps into each.
TotalSpaces makes it easy to move between Desktops, too. Either use a hot corner and move the mouse to move to a different Desktop.
Or, if you’re a MacBook user or have a Magic Trackpad, simply swipe left or right, up or down to navigate to a new Desktop space.
All it takes to get Total Spaces running to to create the number of spaces in the grid.
Click the Layout tab in Preferences.
Select the number of Desktops. Total Spaces also accounts for the Mac’s Dashboard.
Click Hotkeys to setup navigation hotkeys. Likewise, Hotcorners give you an easier way to move from one Desktop to another.
It’s also easy to setup TotalSpaces and assign specific apps to a specific Desktop on the grid.
You’ll also like the transition options in TotalSpaces. Open Preferences, click the Transitions button, and select the transition you want.
This is where you configure the number of gesture swipes to change from one space to another.
Unfortunately, you cannot setup a specific transition for a specific space. You’re stuck with the same one for all apps and spaces.
Preferences and options are extensive but mostly self explanatory. The real issue is whether you should use TotalSpaces or not. It won’t make you more productive, but if you like apps and files and Desktops organized to suit your tastes, this is the way to do it.