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I only want a desktop space on my primary monitor (Macbook Pro), with only full screen apps used on my second monitor.

Is there any way to disable the desktop space completely on a second monitor?

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Apple does not seem to have provided a way to remove the 'normal' Desktop display in Mission Control and only allow Full Screen apps. However, you can broadly achieve most of what you want:

Tick "Displays have Separate Spaces" in System Preferences > Mission Control, then you can have Full Screen apps in a second display.

Then configure applications to only appear in Display 2 (right-click on the app's Dock icon; Options > "Assign to Desktop on Display 2").

While the apps are in Full Screen mode, you won't see the Desktop.

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  • Ah, unfortunately I am already doing this. I switch between fullscreen spaces quite frequently, and for years it has annoyed me that I have that one unused space sitting there!
    – Yasir
    Aug 29, 2019 at 15:48

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