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Spaces Alternatives

Spaces is described as 'one of the coolest new features of Mac OS X Leopard, lets you switch among multiple desktops. For example, you might create a communication workspace for Mail, iChat, and Address Book, another for media programs like iTunes and iPhoto, and a third for video games' and is an app in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Spaces for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, BSD and PortableApps.com. The best alternative is Compiz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Spaces are Dexpot, VirtuaWin, WindowsPager and Mission Control.

Spaces alternatives are mainly Window Managers but may also be File Managers or Desktop Environments. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spaces.
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  • Mac

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  1. Compiz icon

    Compiz

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Compiz is a compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view.

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    Dexpot

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Dexpot turns your monitor into up to 20. It creates and manages virtual desktops and enables you to work far more efficiently and comfortably with many simultaneously opened windows on Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista (incl. x64).

    Discontinued

    Dead app. 3 years since the last update. Not compatible with current version of Windows. See changelog: http://www.dexpot.de/?id=changelog

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    VirtuaWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    VirtuaWin is a virtual desktop manager for the Windows operating system (Win9x/ME/NT/Win2K/XP/Win2003/Vista/Win7/Win10). A virtual desktop manager lets you organize applications over several virtual desktops (also called ‘workspaces’).

    VirtuaWin - Multiple Virtual Desktops
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    WindowsPager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    WindowsPager is a desktop-switcher/pager for Windows to manage virtual workspaces/desktops. It will integrate smoothly into the desktop panel.

    Discontinued

    Hasn't been updated since 2011, see changelog:http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/changelog.html

    Screenshot: Fullscreen Vista
  5. Mission Control icon

    Mission Control

    • Mac

    Mission Control, formerly Exposé, is a feature of the OS X operating system.

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    Sysinternals Desktops

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops. Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you’re not using.

    Discontinued

    last version released: 2012

    Tray Desktop Switch Window
  7. KWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD

    KWin is a window manager for the X Window System, and is in the process of becoming a Wayland compositor. It is an integral part, and the default window manager of the Plasma Workspaces, but it can also be used on its own or with other desktop environments.

    KWin's desktop cube.
  8. TotalSpaces icon

    TotalSpaces

    • Mac
    • Spaces

    TotalSpaces provides a grid of spaces on OSX Lion.

    Overview
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    Sawfish

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Sawfish is an extensible window manager using a Lisp-based scripting language. Its policy is very minimal compared to most window managers. Its aim is simply to manage windows in the most flexible and attractive manner possible.

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    mDesktop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    mDesktop is a lightweight application that allows the user to utilize multiple virtual desktops. Also, mDesktop integrates with Hotcorners. mDesktop currently supports up to ten virtual desktops.

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