John Bowdler

Using multiple desktops

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I’d appreciate advice on using multiple desktops.



I’m an editor, so my iMac tends to look like this:


Desktop 1


– MS Word (I have to use this as Word is the default program in the editing community)


Desktop 2


– Stickies (To Do lists; daily activities)


– TextEdit (writing text, especially emails which I then cut and paste into Mail; tallying the work done on the project of the moment)


– Pages (landscape view, two columns. I use this to create a Style Sheet – a list of words and styles required for the project I’m working on)


– Dictionary (easy to three-finger swipe from desktop 1 to use this: using MS Word’s dictionary is a pain)


I arrange these in a way that allows me to use them fairly efficiently.


Desktop 3 – Mail, Address Book


Desktop 4 – Safari


Desktop 5 – Preview


Desktop 6 – Excel



Sometimes I open up a full screen, which means the program creates its own desktop. Of course, if I log off all these screens disappear and I have to start all over again.



It’s a mess, but my strategy is to use different programs for different activities as it’s easy to switch between programs using command–tab. I also try to use native Apple programs as they should work better.



I’d welcome suggestions from the sages of the Maccast community on how I can work the system more effectively. For example, is it possible to freeze desktops (my understanding is that it isn’t)?



Finally, I haven’t upgraded to Mountain Lion as I’m worried my ageing iMac may go belly up. I am going to get a new iMac, although my finances are a bit dodgy. ):



Thanks in advance for your help, folks.



John


iMac mid-2007, 10.7.5, magic trackpad


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