I recently noticed that when I fullscreen an app, it opens as a new space all the way to the right, after all my desktops. I don't think this is how it worked before -- I seem to recall that it used to open the fullscreen app immediately to the right of my current desktop.

Is there a way to configure this? Where are fullscreen apps opened on most users' operating system?

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Look at System Preferences > Mission Control and see if 'Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use' is checked.

When checked, fullscreen windows open to the immediate right.

When unchecked, fullscreen windows open at the far right, after all other desktop spaces.

You can also rearrange desktop spaces by dragging them to the order you prefer in Mission Control.

(I'm running 10.7.3)

  • For info, manually reordering spaces and fullscreen apps was added in the 10.7.2 update.
    – Gerry
    Commented May 8, 2012 at 9:13

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