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Mac OS X Multiple Virtual Desktops

Updated on November 14, 2023
By Pete Freitag

One very cool feature in Unix / X-Windows graphical environments is that you can have multiple virtual desktops. Each desktop has its own windows, and you can move windows onto different desktops. With a shortcut key you can move between the desktops, this is kind of like tabbed browsing for your operating system.

My brother Steve just pointed me to a free virtual desktop manager for Mac OSX: It's really nice, even though they claim its in alpha stage. It supports several transition modes (such as the Cube mode for fast user switching).

This utility is especially nice on my 12" powerbook, because I don't have a lot of screen real estate!

mac virtual desktop manager

Mac OS X Multiple Virtual Desktops was first published on February 19, 2005.

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I've been running this for a while. However I noticed in my log files the following entry everytime it loads & often when it switches desktops. "The function CGSGetElementForCStringKey is obsolete and will be removed in a Tiger update. Unfortunately, this app, or a library it uses, is using this obsolete fuction, and is thereby contributing to an overall degradation of system performance."

Just thought I'd share.
by Jim Edwards on 03/30/2007 at 9:39:01 AM UTC