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Desktop experience MAC is horrible: any organizing app?


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Hi all,

I am a 6 month iMAC 21 inch user using the latest OS, after years of windows.... I love MAC, its safe, speedy and all but the desktop experience is still hard for me and I use the mac every day now since.

I keep thinking in windows terms I am afraid. I miss a shortcut in the bar to see the desktop itself. I hardly ever see the beautiful background as the apps clutter the view. Finding a specific open window is horrible...

The mission control thing is a big mess. Often I look for one of many open word documents and that one is piled up behind the other ones and I need to click te very edge of it to open it... that is just not working for me. No idea how the thing organizes the windows but they are all over the place. I can't close windows in that view too which would be handy...

I have setup a hot corner to see the desktop and i don't like the view with the windows moved aside. It's not a real desktop view but like holding all your papers up to see your desk again for a second...

The launch pad is a joke. It's completely separate. What's the use?? I don't get it. Same for the 'dashboard' thing. What's that? One big mess...

I use bettersnaptool and it improves the experience a bit so maximizing apps happen when double clicking the bar, yes like windows...

Is there any app that does a little organizing? Thanks guys. I know MAC is not Windows but I could use some help here... thanks...
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With Mission Control, 4 Finger Swipe up, you click on the Word Document stack, then once Word is the front most App, you use Exposé with a 4 finger swipe down, and it bring ALL your Documents into view, and from there you just click on the one you want.
It shows you all the Pages you have open, in Icon View, and then lists them as a Thumb Nail underneath.

With OS X, there is always a simple way to do things, you just need to ask the question, to get the answer

See image below for what I mean. You can get Exposé under System Preferences>TrackPad>More Gestures and make App Exposé what ever Gesture you want.



As to LaunchPad, that is very handy, as a Hot Corner, because if you don't have a App Launcher like Alfred or QuickSilver, then LaunchPad is just that, a App Launcher, so you don't have to open Finder go to Applications and then find the App you want to double click to open.

Dashboard is another kettle of fish. Its the 1st thing I disable on every OS X I have, because its just a Widget place, and now in Yosemite, we have the option to turn it off and on as we want. Resource hog when the computer grunt is better off else where.

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LaunchPad? You should have an Applications folder in your Dock. Click on it. Ta da!! Launcher.
If you don't like the stack, right-click on the folder, view contents as list.

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You can use spotlight as an app launcher (press CMD + Space of click the magnifying glass top-right) or use a third party app like Alfred.

CMD-Option-M will minimize all windows, effectively showing you your desktop

The rest is covered by TMs post above I think

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It sounds to me like the user has stored EVERYTHING on the desktop, which would make for a pretty horrible experience.

Apps should go in the Applications folder; everything else should go in the home folder in the appropriate sub-folder (or a created one). Nothing but the hard drive icon should ideally be on your desktop (other than temporarily).

I have utilized cradom's suggestion and put the Application folder (alias) in the Dock, along with a Home folder alias. Thus I can get to everything I need in one click. I do often use the Spotlight feature in the menubar to launch apps. I find Mission Control occasionally useful but Launchbar is not my cup of tea so I don't use it.
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