Open Mission Control

Use any of these methods to open Mission Control:


  • In OS X El Capitan, drag a window to the top of the screen.


I'm using a window snapping/resizing app and this feature above, introduced in El Capitan, is being triggered instead. This when I snap a window to the center top of the screen.

Is there a way to turn this feature off?

  • 6
    Are You using Better Touch Tool for windows snapping? Because there's an option El Capitan: delay Mission Control on top edge. Nov 4, 2015 at 22:23
  • @MateuszSzlosek I'm using HyperDock though, I have have Better Touch Tool as well. I'm happy with the look and feel of that but, might give BTT a shot to see how it feels.
    – Natetronn
    Nov 5, 2015 at 2:09
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    I also really really really hate this as a long time mac user. It wastes so much of my time. Adding this without an option to disable was really evil. Oct 25, 2016 at 3:37

2 Answers 2


According to the Reddit thread, Is there any way to disable Mission Control coming up when I drag a window to the top of the screen?, the solution is:

System Preferences > Mission Control

Uncheck "Displays have separate Spaces" then log out and back in again.

It works, I had the same issue & now it's sorted.

  • 5
    This worked for me, but introduced another problem relating to use of iTerm2 in a secondary window... so I had to switch the separate Spaces back on again. Looking for a solution that would only disable the drag to top edge feature of Spaces... Feb 22, 2016 at 8:28
  • You should choose to reopen the last opened applications and return this page back and upvote this. :)
    – Itachi
    Dec 8, 2016 at 3:57
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    This does not work for me. I sometimes get the expose behavior when dragging to the menu bar, sometimes I don't. I have my menu bar on an external display on my MacBook Pro.
    – Rick
    Dec 28, 2016 at 5:46
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    This removes the top menu bar, which for me is a bad tradeoff. May 16, 2017 at 17:25
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    Pirkka Esko, you hit the nail on the dot. You have to choose: either have spaces off so that you can have a separate display act like its own computer (bar on top, full screen, etc) or turn it off so that you can properly use resizing apps. Apple should fix this.
    – jobonki
    Aug 14, 2017 at 22:31

Haven't found out how to disable just the window drag activation but you can turn it off entirely with:


defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -bool TRUE && killall Dock


defaults delete com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled && killall Dock


  • 2
    A -1 without an explanation is a useless contribution to this forum.
    – rob
    Sep 13, 2018 at 17:06
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    Note to other people trying this, this will disable the full screen apps manager entirely, meaning you cannot use ^up to open it or the pinch in gesture. May 15, 2019 at 22:06
  • This does not seem to do anything on macOS Ventura
    – Synthesis
    Sep 1 at 7:54

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