I can't find a single piece of information about my issue. Is it possible to disable the 'feature' that the spaces bar reveals the content only if I hover with the mouse on it? It drives me nuts and I want the spaces bar to act like with the Yosemite update.

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I want less space for the windows and more space for images of each virtual desktop by default.

  • What is a "shrinking spaces bar"? Oct 7, 2015 at 13:39
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    @user3439894 When you're in Mission Control, the bar at the top contains the different spaces/desktops you've set up. In El Capitan you don't see the different spaces until you hover the bar, which is annoying.
    – Lizzan
    Oct 7, 2015 at 13:59
  • Also, if you have 9 spaces not all are shown, the rightmost is hidden and you have to right scroll to it! Usability == 0 Oct 26, 2015 at 22:05

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I made a utility for accomplishing this very thing. If you don't mind that it injects code into the Dock and requires disabling one part of System Integrity Protection, then give it a whirl:


That github page includes a release and installation instructions.

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    Yet another great use of mach_injection code by "the wolf" @rentzsch
    – bmike
    Oct 12, 2015 at 21:57

I find this extremely annoying. I the closest fix I have found was TotalSpaces2, it's a paid app the manages your spaces. I would really recommend sending feedback to Apple

  • Agree! I also would like spaces maximized by default.
    – Pieter
    Nov 16, 2015 at 8:36

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