When I open multiple Finder windows in Mountain Lion, I find that, no matter what virtual desktop I go to in Spaces, all the Finder windows remain where they are. However, when I open, say, Skype, for example, the window only stays in one of my virtual desktops, as expected. When I 4 finger swipe to another Space, the Skype window disappears. Why doesn't Finder do this? It's really bugging me.

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You just need to ctrl + click on the Finder Icon in the Dock. Go to the Options, and choose how the finder windows show in Desktops

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  • All Desktops

All Window show in Desktop Spaces

  • This Desktop

All Window show Only in the current Desktop Space. When your are in another desktop space it will jump to the one for finder when you open folders into windows or switch to the finder.

  • None

Each finder windows will stick to the desktop space you open them in.

  • Thank you so much! This worked perfectly :D I can't believe I never thought of that! Also +1 for the screen shot :)
    – Titus
    Dec 25, 2012 at 4:17
  • This was annoying me to no end, thank you! I selected "None" and now it works as expected!
    – HellaMad
    Oct 11, 2016 at 17:53
  • Note to those considering this fix: it will allow you to assign a specific finder window instance to a space, but it will also assign your Desktop to one space only. New finder windows automatically open on that specified space too. Aug 5, 2017 at 16:46

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