Somewhere I read that F1 helps to spread units from stack in different locations. I've tried to do that, but was not successful. Could you please tell me how to do that?

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The F1 key is used to select idle workers.

Recently people have used this as a trick to spread up workers under attack from various harassment:

  1. Select your workers (box or ctrl click one)
  2. Hit the stop key (usually s)
  3. Hold down the F1 key
  4. Right click to various parts of your base

Because pressing F1 only selects one worker at a time, and because giving a worker a move order makes it no longer idle (thus not selected by F1) this causes your workers to each move to a different point as you right click. For maximum spread you can even right click in a circle.

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    Quick Tip: using Ctrl-F1 will select all idle workers, you can use this to send them back to work easily.
    – tzenes
    Commented Dec 7, 2010 at 1:50
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    I don't think this will work after patch 1.2 (you will need to repeatedly press F1 instead of holding it down)
    – juan
    Commented Dec 7, 2010 at 2:59
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    @Budda, move your mouse in a large circle around your base while right-clicking
    – tzenes
    Commented Dec 7, 2010 at 3:29
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    @Juan -- isn't the current patch 1.3 already? Commented Dec 7, 2010 at 5:52
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    @sth, the change was roll-backed, so you are right. You can disregard my first comment
    – juan
    Commented Dec 8, 2010 at 0:03

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