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Old 09-30-2004, 09:22 PM   #1
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What is the purpose of multiple desktops?


I see the benefit when you are not in X, but why when in X would a person need multiple desktops? I am completely missing it here. I know there must be a good reason, but I am afterall a noob.

When I switch to another desktop, I can still see and have access to everything from the first desktop without having to switch to it... so that is why I am seeing no point. Please help me understand
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:30 PM   #2
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Re: What is the purpose of multiple desktops?

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When I switch to another desktop, I can still see and have access to everything from the first desktop without having to switch to it.
There should be a setting to change that... I only see what's on each desktop. In KDE, it's Control Center / Desktop / Taskbar / uncheck "Show windows from all desktops".
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:36 PM   #3
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If you have many application open and want to switch between them quickly and easity multiple desktops allow this.

When you click on an application in the taskbar you will notice that it is not opening in the current desktop. You are being zoomed to the desktop where that application resides.

Multiple desktops are great especially when you are using an application with many windows such as GIMP.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:42 PM   #4
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Re: What is the purpose of multiple desktops?

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When I switch to another desktop, I can still see and have access to everything from the first desktop without having to switch to it... so that is why I am seeing no point. Please help me understand :)
Did you contemplate the possibility that other WMs
or DEs than the one you use (which we don't know
btw) may behave differently? I have four desktops,
three of which are always populated... the reason
I use them is that I find it easier to switch between
groups of tasks with different hotkeys ... Yes, I could
select a task on another desktop using the mouse,
but why would I if I can get there in a split second
without taking my hands out of the typing position? :)



Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 09-30-2004, 09:49 PM   #5
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yeah, it is making more sense now... since I am still very new and usually only have 2 different applications open at a time, I haven't seen the need for it. But at your mention of the GIMP, I can now see how things could get very cluttered.
 
Old 10-01-2004, 11:33 AM   #6
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It's alos useful if you are working on multiple remote systems. I usually have each on it's own desktop, so I don't have more than 4 x-terms on any desktop, and all the x-terms/browsers etc on the same desktop are related work.
 
Old 10-01-2004, 12:49 PM   #7
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I sometimes use apps in fullscreen, no titlebar and no visible taskbar or slit. Alt-tabbing still gives access to other apps on the same workspace, but the taskbar and slit remain hidden. Having the fullscreen application in its own workspace allows normal use of the other apps on other workspaces.
 
Old 10-01-2004, 01:20 PM   #8
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you can always modify your own desktop to be all by itself. that's the beauty part.
 
  


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