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When I want to open a new window of a program already opened in another workspace the opened window gets automatically focused in the other workspace. Thats annoying because I always have to get back to the previous workspace and use the context menu in Dock to force a new window. How is it possible to turn that off? I am using OS X Mountain Lion.

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You can do this by turning off the "When switching to an application, switch to a space with open windows for the application" checkbox in Mission Control preferences.

However, this will mean that when you toggle to a different application, with Cmd+Tab or another mechanism, you'll stay in the same workspace. This may or many not be convenient for your workflow.

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I found that option too and unticket it. But now when I click on a program in Dock nothing happens at first. When I click again the other workspace slides in, as before. –  urbaindepuce Aug 12 '12 at 15:24
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You can do this by turning off the "When switching to an application, switch to a space with open windows for the application" checkbox in Mission Control preferences.

This option does next to nothing. Mission Control still switches workspaces when switching applications, closing windows, opening windows, etc. As far as I can tell, the only thing this option has any effect on whatsoever is Chrome. When I click on Chrome in the dock with a window open elsewhere, it does not switch and gives me a chance to open a new window. (However, if I make the mistake of clicking twice, I get banished from whatever it was I was working on).

Is there any way to disable auto-switching entirely? I NEVER want to be moved to a new workspace against my will. I can't imagine this is a pleasant experience for anyone.

Thanks.

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