Jump to content
John Bowdler

Using multiple desktops

Recommended Posts

John Bowdler    40

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


Edited by John Bowdler
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

×