Multiple Desktops -- How do you use them?

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Postby Optional » 2007-04-28 07:53

Usually, I will stick with only one.

If I end up having a ton of windows open (talking to people on GAIM while surfing in Iceweasel and editing an image in the GIMP), I'll usually throw one of the programs onto a separate workspace.
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Postby garrincha » 2007-04-28 15:36

I use at most just two, so I have only two virtual desktops.

The first is usually reserved for tasks like web surfing, e-mail, p2p clients, words etc, apart from the p2p client I just run up to two applications.

The second virtual desktop I use for multimedia like mplayer, audio and graphics like gimp & blender.
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Postby DeanLinkous » 2007-04-28 15:41

usually two.....
one for stuff I am using and one for stuff in the background, sometimes one for browsing while another for casual gimping on something
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Postby amc » 2007-05-04 12:23

1. Almost everything
2. rtorrent, lftp(gftp), the download window of iceweasel.. such sort of things
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Postby JayaQ » 2007-05-04 19:52

While working on articles and other stuff
1) OpenOffice or other program
2) Information or files
3) Amarok/XMMS
4) Pidgin everthing else

While surfing or doing something different
1) Firefox, Pidgin
2) Amarok/XMMS Firefox-downloadmanager
3) Empty
4) Empty
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Re: Multiple Desktops -- How do you use them?

Postby mzilikazi » 2007-05-05 14:17

GMouse wrote:I'm in the habit of only having a couple of things going at once and closing programs when I finish with them.

This is something I've noticed about virtually every Windows user I've ever met. It just freaks them out to have too many apps open at once. No suprise really since when using Windows your apps soon become a mess of hard to sift through nonsense. IE puts a new icon in the taskbar for every window - yeah that's intuitive. Well anyway I use at least 4 desktops always.
1 it helps me keep my stuff organized.
2 it turns off the confused Windows users in 15 seconds or less and they run screaming from my system. :)

When using my pc as a DAW I have to have multiple desktops or it's just not possible to see everything I need e.g. Ardour, Patchage, JACK Rack, Hydrogen, Envy24control. It's far easier to simply slide the mouse from one desktop to the next instead of maximizing/minimizing windows. It's almost like having dual monitors (but not quite).
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Postby xequence » 2007-05-18 00:01

1) Browser and things I am doing at the moment
2) Media player and maybe Thunar to drag folders into the media player (XMMS)
3) Azureus downloading stuff
4) Synaptic sometimes, othertimes other things

The first one is usually constant, the other three can change which number is used.
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Postby Qew » 2007-05-18 01:18

1 - For general use.
2 - When things get cluttered.

If I need more, it's easy to add them in Xfce.
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Re: Multiple Desktops -- How do you use them?

Postby GMouse » 2007-05-18 04:23

mzilikazi wrote:
GMouse wrote:I'm in the habit of only having a couple of things going at once and closing programs when I finish with them.

This is something I've noticed about virtually every Windows user I've ever met. It just freaks them out to have too many apps open at once. No suprise really since when using Windows your apps soon become a mess of hard to sift through nonsense. IE puts a new icon in the taskbar for every window - yeah that's intuitive.


I've been MS-free at home for one to two years now, even if I'm still stuck with XP at work. I've noticed some Windows users will leave at least half-a-dozen windows open on their own systems, even if most of those aren't being actively used. I don't know how they deal with all of the clutter.
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Postby industrialpunk » 2007-05-31 02:01

I have 4 virtual desktops but tend to only use one or two at a time. BTW, you can quickly switch between desktops (in KDE) with CTRL+F<#> e.g. CTRL+F2 for desktop 2.
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Postby sleepyEDB » 2007-05-31 12:55

I just can't seem to get into the habit of using more than one desktop. I've tried before, and will do it for a time, but usually just revert back to using one desktop for everything. I usually forget that I already have an app open on another desktop and open another instance of it instead of switching to the desktop that has the first instance running. :roll:

A couple things that make using one desktop easier, is that many apps will minimize to the system tray (Kontact, Azureus, GAIM, etc.) freeing up space on my taskbar. Also, since I use mrxvt, I can have many tabs open in my one main terminal window which also saves space.


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Postby Lou » 2007-05-31 14:49

I only use 2 virtual desktops, one for everything and the second for when i'm writing something.

In IceWM to switch desktops:

Windows key + right or left arrow :lol:
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Postby llivv » 2007-05-31 15:49

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Postby AgenT » 2007-05-31 21:58

To those that like to use the term "desktop" to mean "viewport": what then do you call the "desktop" in a desktop/viewport scheme?

Notice that the term "viewport" below equals "desktop" of the posters above.

Currently I myself use 6 viewports on 1 desktop because my window manager does not support multiple desktops. However, I have used 6 viewports on 2 desktops, which of course equals to 12 viewports in total. And yes, I had every single one full. :) I no longer do such a different assortment of things, so I no longer really miss the 2/6 combo too much. However, if it were possible I would definitely return to the 2/6 combo because it really does change the way you work. However, no really good interface has been created for switching between so many viewports and desktops.

I have also used a 4/4 combination, which equals to 16 viewports. However, switching between desktops was more annoying than switching between viewports, hence the 2/6.
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Postby hcgtv » 2007-06-01 13:55

I use 4 virtual desktops:

#1 - Always blank, I like looking at my wallpaper and GKrellm.
#2 - Firefox and Thunderbird
#3 - Komodo IDE
#4 - Terminal window

Don't see any need for more.
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