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 The best alternative is Compiz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Spaces are VirtuaWin (Free, Open Source), Dexpot (Free Personal), WindowsPager (Free, Open Source) and Mission Control (Paid).

    This page was last updated Sep 21, 2015

    1. 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. Instructions:
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    2. Experience Raskin's unique bird's eye view to browse and manage your pictures, presentations, PDFs…
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    3. One of Vistas most talked-about new features is the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). A new set of thumbnail APIs can be used to access thumbnails of open windows.
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    4. Brings Mac to Windows. Makes Windows feel and look like Mac. Enables features like Quicklook (file preview without opening), Spaces (virtual desktops), Active Corners, Mac hotkeys & key combinations and more!
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    5. GiMeSpace Desktop Extenders are scrolling virtual desktop managers and the only virtual desktop/window managers that give you seamless unlimited desktop space. New since version 2 is that you can now also resize your windows without any limitations.
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    6. 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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      Big Screen is a software that can extend the user's screen either locally or through the network. Maximum four-fold expansion of user's desktop in the standard version, at least up to 2560x2048 pixel resolution.


      The official website is no longer available, but you can still download the program from

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    7. GoScreen is truly indispensable tool on any Microsoft Windows computer.
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