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A coworker today had a million questions about the Mac OS X Spaces application.  A forty three minute phone call later I’m still not sure she fully understood the in’s and out’s of the program.  Apple advertises Spaces as an application that lets you group application windows together according to the way you work and easily switch between them.  I simply describe it as a multi-desktop organizer.

With Spaces enabled you can set a number of “spaces” or desktops to use.  By default your computer has one desktop or space area for you to work in. The next setting would be to add one more desktop or space into the mix.  Lets say you launch Microsoft Word or other program and then need to look up something on the internet.  Launcing that second program and then having the two running at the same time often ends up with what one person described as a “windows shuffle,” a situation where you have to move or minimize one window to see or gain access to the other.  With Spaces enabled you can place one application in one space and the other application in the other space and quickly jump back and forth between the two (or three or four or more depending on how many spaces you setup).

Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words or 1 .jpg = 1k .txt (Geek humor) was absolutely correct.  I’ll take it a step farther and say one video is better then a thousand screen shot tutorial.  Click “read more” for access to a 3 part video series on the benefits and how to on the use of Mac OS X Spaces.  For those who just want the guts of how to enable the application you’ll probably only need the 2nd tutorial.  The 1st and 3rd tutorial get a little long but overall they are set up very nicely.

Some credit here – these videos are posted on TheBlackHoleCafe’s YouTube page. I further investigated TheBlackHoleCafe.com and found a neat little site that appeared to have lots of Mac related tips and tricks. After you watch the Spaces tutorial below you may want to surf over to TheBlackHoleCafe.com for some more Mac tips.

Part 1: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Spaces Tutorial

Part 2: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Spaces Tutorial

Part 3: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Spaces Tutorial