How much do you love Tabs ? Anyone who experienced Tab browsering could not imagine for one second having to go back to a single-page windows surfing.
How much do you love Apple Exposé – the feature that displays all open windows in a quick and clear way so you can access what you need in a snap ?
TabExposé is a Safari add-on that enables you to view all open tabs in Safari the same way Exposé displays all open windows on your Desktop.
What’s New in this Version:
– Bug fix on 10.4 and 10.5 that left some users with only one tab in Safari
Become a Spaces Cadet!
Spaces, one of the coolest new features of Mac OS X Leopard, lets you switch among multiple desktops. For example, you might create a communication workspace for Mail, iChat, and Address Book, another for media programs like iTunes and iPhoto, and a third for video games.
Then, instead of hiding/showing programs or dragging them around onscreen, you’d simply switch desktops. If you’re the sort of user who tends to have many applications open at once, Spaces is a godsend.
In fact, Spaces and Expose share a control panel. To access it, select System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose Exposé & Spaces. Click the Spaces tab.
This is where you set the key commands for activating Spaces and switching between your desktops. You can also specify the number of desktops and how they’re arrayed in columns and rows. (If you check “Show Spaces in menu bar,” you can switch desktops using the menu bar icon as well as key commands.)
You also have the option of permanently assigning a program to a particular desktop. If, say, you always want iTunes to open in its own window, click the Add (+) button, navigate to the iTunes application, and click Add. Click-hold in the Spaces field to assign it to a desktop. Here, for example, whenever iTunes is opened, Space 4 will automatically be displayed.
Whenever you type your Spaces key commands, you’ll see a translucent overlay depicting the available desktops. Switch between them using the key commands you’ve assigned in the Preferences panel.
If you get confused about what’s assigned where, don’t panic — just press the Activate Spaces key command (the default assignment is F8).
This opens a global view of all your desktops. Just click within any desktop to open it.
You can also move items from one desktop to another simply by dragging them between windows.
Changing Dashboard and Exposé settings:
If you assign a Mouse button to a function in the Dashboard & Exposé pane in System Preferences but it doesn’t work as expected, go to Mouse tab of the Keyboard & Mouse pane to assign the function to the mouse button.
Since you can assign functions to your mouse buttons in the Keyboard & Mouse pane and the Dashboard & Exposé pane, you may inadvertently override a function if you give the same button a new function in the Dashboard & Exposé pane. If the button is enabled in the Mouse tab of the Keyboard & Mouse pane (not set to Off), it will use the most recent setting you assigned to it, but the other preference pane may not always show the newest function.
In other words, if a Mouse button doesn’t behave how you expect it to, go to the Mouse tab in the Keyboard & Mouse pane and reassign the function to the mouse button.
Showing off Exposé to a friend or co-worker who uses a PC is more than a blast, it’s your duty, because even Windows XP still has nothing like it. But if you really want to be a major hambone, before you press F9 to invoke Exposé, start a QuickTime movie clip, have a DVD playing, or have iTunes playing a song and click on the Visualizer (heck, have all three going at once). When you press F9, the QuickTime clip (DVD, iTunes, etc.) keeps playing even when miniaturized. It’s fun to watch their face as it changes from “Cool!” to “Why doesn’t Windows have that?”
See Your Way Clear with Exposé:
Mac OS X offers a simple way to see what’s on your desktop when you have a lot of windows open. It’s called Exposé, and here’s how you can use it.
Press the F9 key and Exposé instantly creates thumbnails of the open windows and displays them neatly on your screen. Click the window you want, and Exposé brings it to the front, switching automatically to the appropriate application.
You can press the F10 key to create thumbnails of the open windows of your current application. Or F11 to move all open windows to the side, so you can see the files on your desktop.