How you work with SCO Panner is a matter of personal preference.
You may like to keep the workspace fairly small with several windows in each work area. Alternatively, you can spread your work around a larger workspace and place just one window in each work area.
If you opt for a workspace that is one work area wide or high, the panner is less intrusive on the screen but your windows will tend to be further apart.
If you choose a workspace that is more than one work area wide or high, you can arrange your windows so that they lie in neighboring work areas.
You can also turn on the icon box and change its default size, shape, and how icons appear in it.