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Mac OS X to Deliver Virtual Desktop Functionality?

Rumor has it that a future version of the Mac OS X operating system will improve on desktop management by allowing users to spawn virtual desktops, sources tell AppleInsider. The feature is highly rumored to appear as part of Apple's Expose´window management technology, which first debuted as part of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther a couple of weeks ago.

Curious Panther users have already discovered what may be the foundation to Apple's Virtual Desktop functionality —albeit code that appears to be a work-in-progress —in the latest release of the OS. After altering the Mac OS Dock preferences via the command string below, the F11 function key will minimize the current desktop workspace into a small thumbnail window, effectively clearing the desktop. To return to the previous work space, users can either click the thumbnail or re-strike the F11 function key.


In the terminal application evoke the following command string:

defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-olddesktop -bool false; killall Dock

To revert Expose´back to default functionality, simple re-evoke the command by passing 'true' to the boolean variable.

The feature is currently crippled by a number of bugs, and at this time will only breed a single virtual desktop window —effectively performing the same task as clearing the desktop via the default F11 Expose´ command. However, sources confirm the further development of the virtual desktop feature, which should appear in a major upgrade to the Mac OS X in 2004, sources said.