Using macOS Ventura 13.0.1, I have noticed that when the Finder window is active, switching between spaces in Mission Control makes this window move to the newly selected space.

This happens despite the fact that I disabled all the automation options of Mission Control (no rearrangement, no space activation upon app switching, no window grouping).

Any idea why the Finder window behaves that way and how to fix it?

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    I was sure I'd seen a very similar question here recently, which makes me wonder if this could be a Ventura bug [which I cannot test, no Ventura Macs here yet.] I'm guessing this has somehow got toggled by accident. Right click Finder in the Dock > Options, set to something other than All Desktops.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 2, 2022 at 18:50
  • Indeed, the issue was fixed by tuning Dock > Options for the Finder and seems related to the fact that I am using 2 displays.
    – Benjamin
    Dec 3, 2022 at 8:06
  • Glad that worked. It's not related to the number of displays you use, btw. I've tracked down some other similar issue & tagged them all together to make them easier to find for future searchers.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 3, 2022 at 8:19
  • Nice, thanks! I would lean towards a bug since the behavior of windows is not consistent for all apps. In my case it was only the finder window which was annoyingly moving around despite being set with the same default option as all other builtin or installed apps.
    – Benjamin
    Dec 3, 2022 at 8:33
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    I made a couple comments that have vanished. First, I want to point out, this is NOT the same as in the linked questions, since it's Finder, and many of us have multiple Finder windows open at once, on different desktops. Second, it happens even if Finder is not assigned to any desktops. Third, it doesn't happen with all Finder windows, and, Fourth, the windows only follow to some desktops, not to all. Otherwise all Finder windows would pile up in one desktop. (@Tetsujin, you have answered the other questions and seem to understand this, thought it might interest you.)
    – Tango
    Mar 23, 2023 at 18:09


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