Top tips for working with multiple desktops in Lion
A recent article looked at Mission Control and showed how it could be used to create multiple virtual desktops or spaces as Apple calls them. There is a lot more to working with multiple desktops and here is another bunch of tips to enable you to work better and more easily in OS X on your Mac.
Set the OS X desktop background
Go to the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen, select System Preferences, click Desktop & Screen Saver and then the Desktop tab if it isn't currently selected. You can choose from Apple pictures and patterns, your photos in iPhoto and more.
Of course, you knew all that, but did you know that choosing a new desktop image only changes the current desktop? It does not change any of the others. Click Mission Control in the Dock or press the hotkey (F9 on my Mac), and select a desktop at the top of the screen. Go and change the background, select another desktop and set the background for that too. You may find it useful, or simply just fun, to have have different backgrounds for different desktops.
Automatically rearrange spaces
This behaviour can be customised and you can either have them in the order you specify (you can drag desktop thumbnails around to rearrange their order) or you can have OS X rearange them based on usage. It is up to you.
Go to System Preferences and click Mission Control. Tick or clear the tick against Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use.
Move apps and windows to other desktops
To see this in action, open two or three Finder windows. Go to Mission Control and compare clicking and dragging a window to a new desktop and clicking and dragging the Finder icon. With the icon, all the windows move. It is useful for apps that use multiple windows like Finder, Mail, Safari and others.