TidBITS editor Glenn Fleishman answered a query from Macdrifter to outline his writing process, including how he starts to write an article or essay, and the technology on which he relies.follow link
Enter Dashboard, Expose, or Spaces Temporarily
Hold down F9, F10, F11, or F12 (or whatever you've set for the Expose and Spaces keyboard shortcuts) for a few seconds, and then release the key to enter and leave the appropriate mode without having to press the key again. This is particularly useful for Dashboard, in which you can check the contents of a widget and then return to your work with only a single key press.
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Glenn Fleishman’s Working Methods