Making Your First Desktop

Desktops are a great way to visually keep your important digital resources all at your fingertips. You can quickly access links, docs, widgets, plugins, and more from an easy to use workspace in any browser.  People use desktops as a launch pad for their everyday links, a temporary workspace around a topic, a collaborative whiteboard for a team project, and a group pinboard for relevant resources for a work environment.

You need to be logged into middlespot to make a desktop.  

Tap the  in the control panel on the left to make your desktop.

This will reveal a menu to start your first desktop. For this example, we'll make a new blank desktop.

Tap the BLANK button.

Next, enter in a name,link, and the privacy level of your desktop.

Name Your Desktop. This is what you are calling your desktop. It appears in your list of desktops you own and what others, if you share your desktop, will know it by. The title isn't unique so you can have multiple desktops with the same name.

Link. This is a unique web address to your desktop. It is permanent and belongs only to your specific desktop.

Privacy. You have the option of setting your desktop with three privacy levels.

  • Private - only you and those you invite can view this desktop. Others who try and open this desktop will not be able to see the contents. If you have invited the user, they can follow your desktop but you still need to authenticate them to make them a contributor.
  • Password - this is a public desktop but will require a follower to enter a password you set to view the contents.
  • Public - anyone can view and follow this desktop if they have the URL. They can't contribute unless you authenticate the follower as a contributor.

Tap START DESKTOP to make this desktop.

Middlespot will now reload with your new, empty desktop in your browser. Your desktop will be open in the EDIT mode, with the ADD tools displayed on the left side of your desktop.

You can now start adding content to your desktop. Content that your desktop can support includes:

  • Links - A screenshot of the link page. When tapped, it will open the link in a new tab.
  • Files - You can upload a file using the upload tool or drag and drop a file onto your desktop.  Your file will be represented by a thumbnail and will launch a new tab when tapped. You can upload up to 10 files at a time.
  • Text - You can add text to your desktop for notations or titles for sections.
  • Plugins - These are widgets from some of your favorite web services. Add things like a facebook page timeline, twitter timeline, pinterest boards, and more services you interact with daily.
  • New File - Start a new blank doc, slide, or sheet from google office apps.
  • Bookmarks - Import your bookmark links from your chrome browser into your desktop. You can import them all or just a few of them.
  • Stickers - Add some stickers to your desktop to highlight content on your desktop.

When you add content, it will appear in the middle of your desktop. 

You can move it around to organize your content to work the way you think, clustering and grouping content together.

When you tap on an item of content on your desktop, you can resize it, drag it and even rotate it.

Once you've added and organized your content, you can EXIT EDITING from the pink X in the control panel or from the notification bar along the top of the desktop.  This will put you in view mode for your desktop. 

Your desktop is a big, borderless webpage.  You can pan and zoom around it like a map.  Use your mouse, your fingers, or the navigation controls along the bottom to navigate your desktop.  You'll find you quickly get used to and enjoy the speed at which you can access important files by zooming, panning, and tapping.

You can add hundreds of content items to your desktop and spread them around and group them so it makes sense to you.

In the top corner of your desktop, you will find your desktop name and the URL you can always access your desktop from. If you have a private desktop, you will need to be logged in to view it. If it's a public desktop, it will load even if you aren't logged in.

You'll end up adding, deleting and rearranging content on your desktop all the time.

You can make multiple desktops and open them on any device in any modern browser from your unique desktop link.  

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