Spaces were renamed Desktops and brought together with Exposé and Dashboard as Mission Control with the release of Mac OSX 10.7 Lion.

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How can I disable animation when switching desktops in Lion?

I would very much like to disable the sliding animation that occurs when switching desktops via ctrl+→/← or ctrl+[number] in Lion. This was previously accomplished in previous versions ...
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OSX keeps switching to the first space

I use spaces with 10.9. I run a few applications in full screen mode. While focused on an application in full screen mode every minute or so I switched back to the first space. This happens with no ...
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Is it possible to reorder spaces in Lion?

I would expect 'Mission Control' to allow me to drag spaces in a certain order (with the exception of the 'Dashboard' space), but this does not seem like an option. This would be especially useful ...
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What is an efficient way for developers / power users to use OSX window management and Spaces on a single screen?

This may be a strange question. Background: I usually work in a multiple monitor setup, where I can plaster the screen with all my windows so nothing I might need to switch to is ever hidden from ...
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Why do full-screen applications change their order in Mission Control?

How are fullscreen apps organised? This is usually my workflow: Dashboard / Desktop / Safari / Pages I sometimes go to Pages and type some things and go back to Safari, and then I find that it ...
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How can I stop spaces from switching automatically?

I will often use Spaces on Mac OS X 10.5 to switch to another space when a program is busy / unresponsive. Very often, without warning or apparent reason, Spaces will switch back to the first space ...
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click-and-hold on the title bar of ...
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How can I rename desktops in Mission Control?

The default new desktop space is named 'Desktop 1'. If you create a new one, it is named 'Desktop 2'. Is there a way to change those default names to something more meaningful? Additionally, it looks ...
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how to make each display a separate space, yet have a keyboard shortcut to move both screens at the same time?

In OS X Mavericks, each display (ie monitor) has it's own space. There are many advantages to that. But then there are also advantages to the old way of doing it; i.e i want both my [monitor 1 - ...
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Is there any way to save the order of spaces in Mission Control?

Is there any way in Mountain Lion to preserve the order of spaces in Mission Control? I use four different spaces for four fullscreen apps, and I like to keep them in a certain order so that I know ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to jump directly to a particular full screen app in Lion?

When you full screen an application in Lion, it "flies out" of the desktop space it started in, and winds up at the end of the spaces list (assuming you have turned off auto-arranging). As a result ...
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Can Spaces be configured by project, rather than by application?

Spaces seems to give you a choice of having a given software application open in a single space or in all spaces. Is there a way to configure Spaces to so that each space is devoted to a particular ...
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Custom keyboard shortcuts to change active Spaces desktop

I'm a mostly Unix user that are starting to user OS X for iPhone development. Since I won't (and can't) quit my Linux environment I'm trying out the 'Spaces' functionallity for virtual desktops. But ...
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Automatically restore my window locations when I reconnect my external monitor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display? I'll often move around in the course of a work day, from my basement office where I ...
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Does using Spaces slow down the system?

Did anyone experience if using Spaces slows down the system? Is there are difference between using 4 spaces vs 9 spaces?
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Assign Application Windows to Different Spaces/Desktops

I have two Spaces configured and I keep some Safari windows in one space and some in another. However, Mission Control only allows you to assign an application to a Space, but not different windows ...
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Restricting Command+tab options to only apps that are in the current space

Edit: The original accepted answer is no longer valid for Mavericks. I am keeping it accepted for historical reasons, but all readers using Mavericks should use and up-vote this answer. By ...
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Only show active windows in the current space in Mac OSX when pressing CMD-Tab

I'm new to Mac and have the following wish: I would like to have one instance of an application (app1) on space1 and another application (app2) on space2. When I pres press CMD-Tab I see every open ...
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Is there a way to fix the slow space switching animation in Yosemite?

I'm a developer and use spaces extensively. I have my terminal in one space, my editor in another, etc. When I use ctrl + arrow key to switch to the left or right the animation is incredibly slow ...
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How do I change the default Space for an app in Mission Control?

Under Snow Leopard and Spaces you could define which Space an app should automatically launch in, including the ability to indicate that it should be visible in every space. My apps are respecting ...
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Setting default “Spaces” arrangement in El Capitan

I like certain apps to have their own dedicated spaces, and I'm wondering how I can make it so those apps are automatically arranged in a specific order in Mission Control upon being opened. For ...
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When minimizing, not have new window of same app come to focus

There's a couple of behavior's that I find very frustrating, and no luck yet in fixing them: Imagine chrome with multiple windows open. There's one in front, then another application, then the other ...
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Mavericks update broke keyboard shortcut for switching Spaces

I've upgraded to Mavericks from Mountain Lion. I've used the keyboard shortcut "Control" + "number" to switch between Spaces. The upgrade broke this. I've checked System Preferences and all the ...
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restart hot corners

On Snow Leopard (latest version, but it's been happening for a while), I have the top right corner set to show Spaces, and the bottom right to show the Desktop. Occasionally, often enough to be ...
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Opening a new Terminal window when it's running on another desktop

I open a lot of terminal windows. I also make use good use of tabs & multiple desktops. Normally I launch Terminal.app with Spotlight. But if Terminal is already running on another desktop, it ...
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Hide Applications from other Spaces in Application Switcher

With System Preferences->Mission Control->"When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application" disabled, I would really like the application switcher (cmd+tab) ...
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How to navigate spaces in a dual monitor setup?

I have multiple spaces setup and can navigate them via ctrl and the arrow keys left and right on the current active monitor. Now I want to change to a space that sits on the other monitor. How do I ...
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Create a New Space in Mavericks using Applescript

In Mavericks, is it possible to use Applescript to create a new Space in Mission Control? I also tried the following code to switch to another Space, but it does not seem to do anything... tell ...
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Switching between windows of one application in multiple spaces

I know you can use command + ` to switch between windows in one program in one space. But this is only in the one space, if you have other windows from the same App in different spaces ... it won't ...
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Mountain Lion desktop order

On Mountain Lion, I have three desktops. What I find is that the sequential left to right order of these desktops keeps changing. Is it doing something based on usage ? and how can I disable this ?
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How to prevent dock auto-hiding setting from changing?

I prefer to keep the dock "auto-hiding" setting on so that the dock is always hidden unless I mouse over it. I am aware of both the setting in "dock preferences" and the keyboard shortcut (⌥⌘D). ...
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How to remove space character (whitespace) from end of filenames and foldernames?

Problem with mac is that it allows space character at end of file or folder. If this file or folder with space character in end is beeing copied to FTP using Filezilla or Dropbox then mac makes ...
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Lion : Assigning a fullscreen app to a space

With SnowLeopard, I was using spaces, with two spaces. On the second space, I was running a fullscreen application. I created a shortcut to switch from my first space to the second space : Cmd+1 goes ...
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How Do I Change The Desktop Order in Mission Control? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to reorder spaces in Lion? Currently, it doesn't seem possible to just drag and drop the desktops to change their order. Is there any other way of doing ...
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Forced switching between Spaces when opening Microsoft Office files

Since time immemorial, opening a Microsoft Office file has had the side effect of restoring an already-open window in the same application before displaying the newly opened file's window. This was ...
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I can't save my system preferences

I can't save my dock and spaces setting. Every time I set them (eg. disable spaces), after I reboot/re-login to the system, the dock and spaces settings will revert back to the previous status. How ...