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Spaces used to show the space number in the menu bar; I would glance at it regularly to see which space I was in (1, 2, 3, etc).

How do I get Mission Control to display the current desktop in the menu bar like that?

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I could not find any built in feature for this so I decided to use the backgrounds. I found a backgound image that I wanted, and made 8 copies of it. Then I wrote the numbers 1-8 on each of them next to where the dock usually are. Then you press ctrl+1 to make sure your in desktop 1 right click the background and chose the image with 1 written on it. Then close down the system preference box (otherwise you end up changing only desktop one). Then press ctrl+2 and do rightclick again. NOt allowed to post screenshot :( to show how it looks

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can you upload the screenshot to imgur.com and post a link to it here? –  Robert Hume Jul 29 '11 at 12:44
    
Good idea, I upvoted so you might have enough rep for an image upload –  conorgriffin Jul 29 '11 at 12:44
    
+1. not a bad idea. I'm going to overlay numbers on the 4 corners of my background. Thanks for posting this... –  gmale Jun 29 '12 at 16:17
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This problem now has a much more robust solution, thanks to Total Spaces. This app brings back the old 2D grid of spaces and shows the space number in the menu bar.

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I found this question because I had the same issue. Turns out, all I really wanted was to instantly know what screen I am on.

I just accidentally "discovered" the obvious: if you 4-finger swipe up, everything zooms out. Across the top, all your desktops are shown and your current desktop is highlighted! (4-finger swipe down to go back to normal).

So this quick & easy approach solves things for me! Besides requiring much less work, it's also better than making custom numbered background images because I often have windows that entirely block my background. Now, I just swipe up, then back down and, in a split second, I know exactly where I am.

Posting here just in case it helps someone else...

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