One of OS X’s coolest and most useful features– Spaces— never seems to have caught on with the Mac masses. Spaces is the virtual desktop function in OS X which dates all the way back to OS X 10.5 Leopard in 2006.
Spaces is a neat way to open, manage, and navigate between multiple Mac screens on a single Mac. It was so popular that Apple turned it into Mission Control, which, by my way of thinking, gets about as much love from the average Mac user as Spaces did.
Maybe Spaces, and now Mission Control, didn’t catch on because it’s a virtual environment, and it required some effort to navigate from one Mac screen to another. Add the nifty Spacious utility app to your Mac and navigating between Spaces spaces is easier because you use the mouse or trackpad.
Switch to a space by moving the Mac’s screen pointer to a border. Click the navigation arrow and the Space changes. If you have a mouse with a click wheel Spacious can be configured to switch Spaces with a click. Right click on the Spacious navigator on either side of the screen and get a switcher to move between applications, wherever they are.
Using Spaces (or Mission Control) is arguably an acquired taste. It lets you put specific apps on their own windows which reduces clutter and focuses organization onto the screen. I’m not certain a Mac user with full on Mission Control is more productive, but it is more fun to use multiple screens.
It’s like having a Mac with three extra screens attached, but all sharing the Mac’s original screen. There’s also a free 30-day trial so you can take the time you need to get familiar with Spaces-Mission Control and figure out how to put Spacious to work for you.