I'm looking for a way to view all desktops (spaces) at once with a single shortcut (like CMD + Up for Mission control) . If i could archive the same effect you get when you use mission control and go up with your mouse. as explained in: https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/work-in-multiple-spaces-mh14112/11.0/mac/11.0

I noticed that when you have at least 1 fullscreen app open (and it is focused) mission control wil always show the spaces preview but in all other circumstances it will only list other spaces in at the top as Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3 etc.

This is the effect I want to achieve (when activating mission control, show a preview of the spaces)

Example of Mission control being active while showing other spaceses

Any 3rd party options would also be acceptable.

  • "...it will only list other spaces in at the top as Desktop 1, Desktop 2, Desktop 3 etc." I'm only on 10.14, but when I mouse up to the line that shows "Desktop 1" etc., it automatically expands into miniature screen images. Not a one-step procedure, but it does get what you want.
    – aMike
    Feb 8, 2021 at 15:28
  • Yes, I'm trying to get around this. Why? I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts to manage applications and my desktop. I just would like to see with 1 keystroke or movement what is open on all desktops. Feb 15, 2021 at 8:19

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Totalspaces does this. Currently it's available for intel macs, and requires users to disable System Integrity Protection to run on macOS 10.11 or higher.

  • This looks great! I'll give it a try. Jan 9, 2021 at 15:49
  • I see that they describe "System Integrity Protection" as a systems tweak but I don't agree. I understand that it can't work with SIP enabled but calling it a tweak (as they do" is an understatement. Feb 5, 2021 at 8:36
  • I’m sure they’d appreciate your feedback.
    – Scottmeup
    Feb 5, 2021 at 17:32

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