Remember Spaces? It was that space age virtual desktop feature that Apple put into OS X 10.5 Leopard, and removed in OS X 10.7 Lion.
Spaces was replaced by Mission Control which doesn’t exactly work the same as Spaces? Why no Spaces in OS X Mavericks? I think average users didn’t know how to use Spaces. To get it back to the way God intended your Mac to behave, all you need is TotalSpaces2.
It’s Like, Totally Cool Spaces, Man!
Using Spaces requires some abstract thinking. Think of your Mac’s screen as a space. Now, add another similarly sized space to the right, and another below that, and another below the Mac’s screen.
Think four spaces, four screens, each with their own apps, separate, not cluttering up a single Mac screen.
That’s what TotalSpaces2 does, and it’s easy to setup and use.
Create a grid of spaces within Total Spaces Preferences. I recommend that you start with four– two rows, two columns of screens.
Then, give a name to each space on the grid. Configure a hotkey combo or a hot corner and all the Spaces appear on screen at once. Click on one and that one takes over the Mac’s screen. You can even have a different background for each Space, making it easier to identify.
Each time you move from one screen to another in TotalSpaces2 you’ll see a pop up of the spaces window grid; a quick reminder of which screen you’re using.
The advantage with TotalSpaces2 is the ability to put specific applications and documents into specific Spaces windows and easily navigate between them from the keyboard, trackpad, or mouse.
Screens in TotalSpaces2 are easily re-arranged by drag and drop so you can organize them to suit your workflow. The app is especially useful on a Mac with multiple displays; for example, a MacBook with a connected external display.
Navigating is easy, too. Swipe across the trackpad on a MacBook (or Magic Trackpad) to move from one screen to another. Controls are extensive an include the basic layouts which are adjustable on the fly, transitions, hotkeys and hotcorners, and which apps are allowed on which screens.
Spaces probably never caught on with the great masses of Mac users because of the abstract way of using specific apps on specific screens, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. It’s just made better with TotalSpaces2, but you’ll need to be running OS X Mavericks for the latest features.