[OS X TeX] how to handle window-mania?
ascorpan at math.ufl.edu
Thu Oct 14 19:35:52 CEST 2004
>> How do you handle open windows when there's more than one window open?
I personally fell in love with multi-button mouses and will never go
back to single-button. Currently, I use a 5-button mouse. When in
TeXShop, the mouse has left-button translated to ->, used for going to
next page in pdf-views, middle-button transl to Cmd-T, for typesetting,
a lateral fourth button to Cmd-W to close a window, and a fifth to
Cmd-M to minimize.
I use the mouse in combination with Expose, set to have upper-right
corner hot for show-all-windows, lower-left for show-desktop. I switch
between open windows with a hand-jerk upwards to expose them; I close
consoles and other windows from the mouse as soon as they're
irrelevant; I minimize windows, that I might need later but want out
of expose, also from the mouse, etc.
I keep all other running apps hidden or minimized, but I keep a Finder
window with the project folder open all the time (thus accessible from
expose). In that window, I color-labeled all source-files of interest
according to their groups, and keep the window in list mode, ordered by
labels, so that I only look at, say, the orange group of sources, in
between the red whatevers and the blue somethings, with all the
unneeded aux's etc automatically exiled in the upper no-labels area of
To deal with recognizing the windows that are either minimized in the
dock or expose'd, I actually read the labels that appear when you glide
the mouse over them.
After a while all this crap kind of becomes second nature. I guess it
was good that it evolved on its own, in time; I probably couldn't
follow such a recipe if somebody just suddenly told it to me...
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