How to Create Mac Spaces

The Leopard feature known as Spaces lets you display only those programs and windows required to tackle the projects at hand. If you’re working on multiple projects at once — say, a family scrapbook or book, you can set up separate spaces for each of these activities. Here’s how:

  1. In System Preferences, click Exposé & Spaces and select the Spaces tab. Click Enable Spaces.

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  2. (Optional) Click Show Spaces in Menu Bar.

    While this step is optional, it’s a handy way to keep track of what space you’re in.

  3. Click the + and – buttons next to Rows and Columns to select the number of Spaces you think you’ll need and configure their layout.

    You can choose between a 2-Spaces layout and 16-by-16 grid, with each one numbered, up to the total sum of spaces you’ve selected.

  4. To assign particular applications to specific spaces, click the + under the Applications Assignments list and then click under Space to choose the one you have in mind.

    If you like to e-mail and surf, you’d likely add the Mac’s Mail programs and the Safari browser to a particular Space. The family scrapbooker would probably put iPhoto to work in another.

  5. (Optional) Choose Every Space.

    When you choose this option, your application is available no matter what space you’re in.

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