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You may have encountered a situation in which Mac changes the order of desktops based on some events like alerts on a program or a web page in browser.

How could I disable this logical change?

Note: I'm using El Capitan, but I had this problem from Mavericks.

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System Prefs > Mission Control
Uncheck Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use.

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This will fix the order of all your regular Spaces - but not Fullscreen spaces, which always go to the right of existing numbered Spaces.

From comments: Note this cannot fix the Mac confusing which external screen is which. That's not user-controlled at all, & seems to occur mainly [though not always] when the external screens are identical.

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    Seems I've never looked for it precisely. It's the first options in the list. thank you. – Reyraa Nov 5 '15 at 7:17
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    I cannot imagine why anyone would want that to be the default. Thanks for the solution. – Nathan Beach Oct 12 '16 at 12:05
  • This does not work for me. I have two extra monitors, and about 25% of the time after waking the Mac up from sleep, they flip Spaces. Super annoying. This has been a problem from Mavericks to now (MacOS). – jazzdrive3 May 16 '17 at 19:55
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    @NathanBeach it helps users that don't understand spaces, so it helps users who need it to be the default setting. :) – Dodekeract Jun 25 '17 at 21:00
  • +1 to help you get your hat! LOL (And of course, it's a good answer!) – Monomeeth Dec 17 '17 at 5:21

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