Whenever I click on the maximize/full screen icon on any window, the app window is going to a new Desktop space. But this is kind of distracting because now I am not able to switch apps by doing the Command+ tab shortcut..

so How do I have more than one window in a desktop space..

Lets say I want eclipse,terminal and google chrome in a separate desktop space with the ability to see each app in full screen and the ability to switch between apps by doing the Command+ tab shortcut??

Can somebody help me on this?

  • cannot be done. fullscreen breaks Spaces. I really wish they would fix that. My workaround… never use fullscreen :(
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 1, 2015 at 19:37

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I've just tested now and I'm able to do that (multiple full-screen applications and switching between them with Command + Tab), but it could very well be because I'm using TotalSpaces, an add-on that greatly improves the usability of Spaces.

Note that with OS X El Capitan and later you need to disable parts of System Integrity Protection (SIP) for it to work.

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    It is still actively developed. You just have to (for now) disable system integrity protection - blog.binaryage.com/binaryage-moves-ahead Feb 8, 2017 at 19:39
  • Thanks. I've updated my answer accordingly - I'm still using it with 10.12 and it works perfectly.
    – mjturner
    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:56

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