Goal: I need Mission Control to give me desktop options on one screen at a time. How can I do this? (Desktop & Dock > Displays Have Separate Spaces doesn't control this.)

I am in a creative field and on Zoom. We draw on the screen to share ideas and then screenshot the drawings, esp drawings from our director. If I want to switch from Zoom to the desktop that has an image I have pulled up to show during the call, or because someone asks to see a particular email, Mission Control gives me desktop options on both my primary and secondary monitor at the same time - Mission Control jumps out of everything on both screens and shows me all the options. And when this happens, all the drawings on the screen are erased. And I also give everyone a view of everything else I have running on my computer. It is quite literally Everything Everywhere All At Once.

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I need Mission Control to give me desktop options on one screen at a time.

Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Mission Control, by design, gives a “birds eye view” of all your open applications and spaces. By design, you can move applications to/from spaces even on different screens (monitors). As such, it needs to ooen up on every screen.

As a workaround, try staging the spaces on your selected monitor and using ^ Control or to switch between spaces without activating Mission Control.

  • Ctrl, by default, rather than Cmd. Otherwise, exactly what I would have said.
    – Tetsujin
    Mar 22, 2023 at 19:28
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    Thanks @Tetsujin. Sometimes i confuse and forget shortcuts when using a virtual keyboard! The finger memory doesn’t seem to connect to my actual memory sometimes!
    – Allan
    Mar 22, 2023 at 19:31

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