How to Organize your Windows and Create Multiple Desktops with nSpaces

Herbert Lui

Ever heard of Mac OS X‘s Spaces? It’s a great utility that allows you to create new desktops on your Mac computer. For example, you can leave iTunes on one desktop, Facebook in another, and your Word document in a third desktop. That means you won’t be distracted by Facebook Chat when you’re working on your desktop with Microsoft Word, and you don’t have to minimize a bunch of windows to control your iTunes. Guess what? This feature is no longer restricted to just OS X users.

nSpaces is a program that allows you to organize your windows and keep your desktop clutter-free. Basically, instead of just one desktop space, you have four that you can switch between. It’s great to help you focus on stuff you really want to keep your mind on, while keeping the rest of your distractions in other spaces. 🙂

nSpaces Wallpaper

nSpaces allows you to customize your wallpapers for each desktop space. That means you can set a more serious one for a work profile, and a more fun one for a more recreationally-centered profile. Weirdly enough, you can only set .bmp or .jpeg files as wallpapers. No worries, you can always convert your images into other file types!

So go into the nSpaces dialog box and browse for wallpaper from there. I’d really love it if nSpaces could figure out how to tweak all four wallpapers from within Windows natively, but at the moment you have to go through nSpaces to do it.

nSpaces Wallpaper

For some odd reason, Aero didn’t work for me when I was using my other spaces. I’ve read somewhere that this was a bug that they’re working on, and I hope it gets cleared out soon. No worries though, it didn’t bother me too much and I don’t think it’s that big a deal.

You can also set passwords on certain spaces with nSpaces. This feature sets nSpaces apart from other window organization software, and can come in handy for those company documents you absolutely can’t afford to have leaking, or other various other important documents.

nSpaces Password

This is how your window looks when you have password protection on it. (Don’t forget to press the Windows key + L to lock your computer if you ever need to leave your workstation. Learn more about other useful Windows 7 shortcuts!)

nSpaces Password

There are a variety of settings you can tweak within nSpaces,  such as startup settings. One of the ones I found most useful was the ability to switch hotkeys; for users already with a bunch of keyboard shortcuts set up in their computer, they can choose to set their own so there are no conflicts.

nSpaces Settings

If you’re looking for a way to improve your productivity, or organizing your windows, give nSpaces a try! It’s free, and it’s a great utility that allows you to virtually multiply your desktop real estate, and also set passwords so that your desktops aren’t as easily accessed.

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