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Say I have two spaces:

  1. Slack, VS Code, or some app
  2. Safari/Edge/Chrome/etc.

If I click on a link in an app in 1 I want it to open a new browser window in 1. Right now it switches to 2 and opens the window in an existing/open browser in 2.

Is this possible?

I saw some other similar questions but they are asking about using Apple Script and that is not what I want. Unless I have to somehow have some kind of intercepter for links.

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I have the option "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application" unchecked and yet if I have a firefox window open in another desktop, if I right click on firefox in the docket and click "open new window", it switches me to the desktop where the other firefox window is and then opens a new window there.

I found a way to stop this from happening. If you right click on the firefox icon in the dock, then options, select "none" under the "assign to" section. Now when I have a blank desktop, I can open a new firefox window in that desktop when there is already another firefox window open in another desktop.

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In macOS User Guide there is article Work in multiple spaces on Mac which says:

By default, when switching to an app, the desktop automatically switches to a space that has open windows for the app. For example, if you create a new TextEdit document in Desktop 3, but TextEdit windows are already open in Desktop 2, your new document opens in Desktop 2. To change this setting, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Mission Control , then deselect the checkbox for switching.

This checkbox is called "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application"

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  • I have that setting unchecked. It still does not work as expected. Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 3:48

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