Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:19 UTC, submitted by rhyder
Graphics, User Interfaces Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with a computer. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?
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by kokara4a on Fri 13th May 2011 08:09 UTC
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While I'm quite comfortable with overlapping windows, they just don't scale. Switching between applications becomes very burdensome once you have more than 5-6 windows. App Docks make it even worse because you cannot distinguish the different instances of an application. I switch with Alt-Tab but identifying the window you need gets exceedingly difficult with more windows.

Enter virtual desktops. I don't use that many (4-6; I knew a guy that used 72!) but each virtual desktop I dedicate to a particular task. It seldom takes more than 2-3 application to achieve the task so switching between them is easy. And I use keyboard shortcuts for switching between the desktops so I have constant time overhead to switch to a particular task. Admittedly, I'm a power user but I really don't need anything more than that.

On a small laptop, browsing is full screen. Period!

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