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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 like you can't rearrange spaces either and the 'automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use' checkbox seems to do nothing.

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    Somehow I changed the order of the desktops: Desktop 1, Desktop 4, Desktop 2, Desktop 3. So now the de defaults don't make any sense. I don't know how I did it, but if it is possible to reorder them, it definitely makes sense to be able to rename them. – user8234 Jul 23 '11 at 10:13
  • The desktops automatically rearrange themselves based on recent use. You can disable this in the Mission Control System Preference. – BendiLow Jul 23 '11 at 11:36
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    Really. Forcing them to be named 1,2,3,4... but then allowing them to sorted into different orders makes no sense. – Zombies Nov 19 '14 at 18:06
  • @Zombies plus using the word "Desktop" is completely backwards, because nothing about the desktop changes, except maybe the background. I would expect a different desktop to be, well, a completely different desktop. – Dillon Jan 13 '16 at 19:50
  • The Desktop metaphor means that all your windows and apps are technically open on the Desktop. So you have the Desktop, the place where your Desktop icons are, and your Desktop, the place where all your open apps and windows reside. Makes sense, right? – Calion Apr 23 '18 at 13:58
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No, there is no way to do that in the current build. Well, sort of. An example is if you have iTunes open in fullscreen in a separate desktop, and go to mission control, the desktop will be called iTunes.

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    From the looks of what? What it is the resource you are deriving that assumption from? – whaley Jul 21 '11 at 15:03
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    I wish I could assume that too, but the old Spaces when viewed under Spaces Preferences (e.g. when assigning applications) were also just Space 1, Space 2, Space N and Apple never changed that either despite the fact people clamored for it (myself included). – whaley Jul 21 '11 at 16:03
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    Full-screen apps have own space. Those are full-screen apps on the picture. – Peter Štibraný Jul 22 '11 at 11:34
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    this bug is just beyond my imagination... – JohnnyZhao Feb 22 '14 at 3:38
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    This is a terrible solution, but it "works" for me, more or less. I use a sticky note with a 124 point font that I hide under the dock on each desktop. It's legible in mission control's desktop thumbnails and usually (since it's under the dock), is not covered by another window. The dock is not shown in the thumbnails in mission control, so they are usually unobscured. The main problem is they all get sucked up into the first desktop when you restart (but I rarely restart, so it's tolerable for me). – hepcat72 Jul 25 '17 at 17:49

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