I am an avid user of Mission Control and use it to organize my work. Unlike most, however, I organize my work spaces by general topic, and not by application. For example I will frequently have Google Chrome open in 3 different workspaces at once (workspace 1 will be programming related, workspace 5 will be general work-related searches, and workspace 9 will have personal related windows).

My Quesion

For a specific application, how can I open a workspace that has a specific window of an application and move to the workspace at the same time? For example, if I am in workspace 3, and I look at the Dock that contains information about Google Chrome, it will look something like this:

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In this example, Files: Nature Biotechnology: nature.com is in Workspace 5, while automate-save-page-as/save_page_as ... is in workspace one. However when I click on them and I am Workspace 3, it simply opens up the window without bringing me to the workspace. Is there a way to configure Mission Control to open the window and bring me to workspace the window is in?

  • That's funny because clicking on a particular window takes me to the Space the window is in. It's worked like that for as long as I can remember
    – Oion Akif
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:36
  • The switching should work as you described. I see no reason it isn't behaving in the manner as it does on your system.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:37
  • @NimeshNeema, can you elaborate? The way it is behaving on my system is not the way I want it to behave.
    – Josh
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:45
  • The way it is behaving on your system is not the way Mission Control generally behaves. The way you intend it to behave is the way it works without any additional configuration required.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:47
  • Ok, I guess I will contact Apple
    – Josh
    Mar 25, 2018 at 19:48

2 Answers 2


Josh's answer here of adding workspaces-auto-swoosh = ":true";: solved the problem: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/225294/282507


As noted, how you want it to function is typically how it does function.

Make sure you have When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application checked in your mission control settings.

  • This did not solve the issue.
    – Josh
    Mar 26, 2018 at 20:58

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