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Questions tagged [spaces]

Spaces were renamed Desktops and brought together with Exposé and Dashboard as Mission Control with the release of Mac OSX 10.7 Lion.

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How do I delete purgeable space detected by Disk Utility?

I am French so I apologize in advance for any possible language errors. I'm running macOS Mojave (version 10.14.2). Recently, I tried to run Bootcamp because I would like to install Windows. I went ...
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Send clicks to several windows or spaces [duplicate]

Is there any way to send a click to multiple specific windows or Spaces? I've done this succesfully on Windows with an AutoHotkey script (see below), but I can't figure out a way to do it on MacOS. ...
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How to switch from from the active application on monitor 1 to the active application on monitor 2 via keyboard

TL;DR: I am typing notes into a full-screen notepad on monitor 1. I want to switch to typing into the visible, full-screen application shown on monitor 2 without using the mouse. (I know I could just ...
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How do I correctly set strictly only one desktop?

With Desktops, you can have more than one Desktop. I want to assign absolutely only one Desktop, not two. How do I do this exactly? When I click F3, it looks like this: (Does that mean I have only ...
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Space switching keyboard shortcut behaviour on multiple displays

Using the Control + Left and Control + Right keyboard shortcuts only works on the monitor where the mouse pointer is located. If I Command + Tab to an app on a different monitor and try switching ...
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Absolutely eliminate “Automatic new Desktop when dragging”

As far as I know I do have only one (1) Desktop enabled I'm looking at this web page right now in Safari. Safari is a normal window (say, 50% of the width and height of the physical screen, and it is ...
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script to switch to fullscreen app space [duplicate]

I would like a script to manage the switch between spaces. I don't want to switch to a specific desktop, but to a fullscreened app (i.e : iTunes). I already tried the activate command in script ...
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Move space according to active window not mouse position on two display screens

I have two monitors setup for my daily macOS using and I use workspaces a lot. But when I want to move left or right a space, macOS does this according to where the mouse sits, what I really want ...
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macOS High Sierra use almost all the hard drive space each time it's upgraded

I have a 1T drive, and it normally uses 400 GB space. After the system upgrade from 10.13.5 to 10.13.6, the system now tells me the disk is almost full: The system uses 870GB, almost the double what ...
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Deleted everything from MacBook but storage space is still half full

I recently ran out of space on my MacBook Air. I moved all my Mac data to an external hard drive, created a new user administrator and deleted the old one in order to erase everything without loosing ...
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Apple spaces switching screens after sleeping

I have a 2017 Macbook Pro. I connect to two external screens via a Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD. They are arranged external|external|internal left to right. I have my 'menu bar' dragged to the ...
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Fullscreen spaces insist on always opening new windows on the desktop furthest away (desktop 1)

I currently have these spaces: [Desktop 1] [Eight other spaces including three desktops] [Fullscreen browser] ...and started noticing that even when I'm in the Fullscreen Browser space and I open ...
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Persistent spaces mapping on multi monitor setup

I have a 3 monitor setup (2 external monitors + MacBook monitor). I tend to disconnect and reconnect the external monitors a lot during the day. What I want is for the MBP monitor to always show a ...
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Why don't my windows move back in Mojave?

I have a MacBookPro9,2 and an external monitor at my desk. Sometimes I unplug everything from the MacBook and carry it somewhere else awake with the lid open. I'll come back to my desk and plug it ...
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External monitors don't restore spaces properly after unplug [duplicate]

My work laptop just got upgraded to High Sierra a few weeks ago. Ever since, I've noticed that when unplugging/plugging in my external monitors causes the spaces to be restored incorrectly. I have ...
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macOS annoyingly puts fullscreen videos in a new “space”

When watching a video on YouTube (or any other streaming service) – I use mainly Safari, sometimes Chrome, with the same result – when I switch to fullscreen, the video goes fullscreen in a new "Space"...
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Drop window as maximized to a new desktop instead of fullscreen

The default behavior when you drag a window to a new desktop is to make it fullscreen. Is there any way to have it maximized instead of going full screen. Referring to the following: ^+Up Drag a ...
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Rearrange Spaces via command line from the terminal emulator

TL;DR: I need to replace the dashboard with a terminal emulator. Hi. I need to 'rearrange spaces' so a terminal emulator gets first from the left before the desktop, where the dashboard used to be. ...
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How can I prevent desktop spaces in Mission Control from blurring, hiding window thumbnails?

After using my Mac for a while, I notice that some of the desktop space thumbnails blur and hide their window thumbnails in Mission Control. See the screenshot below for an example. The only way I ...
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How to tile floating windows

In the application I write in (Ableton Live), there are always several floating windows open. ("Floating" in the OSX sense: ^F6 toggles through them). I use them so often that I need a way to tile ...
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Certain apps occasionally won't unhide once hidden

On one of my Macs certain apps, e.g. Safari, Xcode and Disk Utility, sometimes cannot be unhidden once they were hidden by me, and it's quite annoying and disruptive to my workflow. I could use some ...
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How to prevent active “Space” from changing when display is turned off?

I make an app full-screen on my Mac Mini by pressing the green expand button in the top-left corner of the screen. This results in the automatic creation of a new "Space" for this app. When I am in ...
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Open fullscreen apps to left of Desktop 1 space

In Settings -> Mission Control, you have the option to open a new space to the far right or to the right of the current space via the "Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use" checkbox....
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If I move a window quickly to the right or left I often find myself in a different space. Is there a way to prevent this

If I'm working on an app or in another window I will occasionally slide an idle window or app to the right or left to just get it out of the way temporarily. Often I go too far and find myself in a ...
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AppleScript specify which virtual window/space

I'm using this script to check for incoming change on a specific app (in this exemple, an incoming case) try tell application "System Events" tell process "My Internal App 01" ...
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Bootcamp and disk space

I tried to install Windows via Bootcamp and when I first launched BC it said (something like): The drive cannot be partitioned because there is not enough free space and it said I needed 40gb. ...
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Changing spaces on one monitor causes Chrome to move to the front on both monitors

With my current set up, I am running 10.12.6 on a MacBook Pro. I have one external monitor. I use the MacBook as the main monitor with one space and the external monitor has two spaces (one dedicated ...
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Prevent switching back to desktop when closing a space

I am on High Sierra. When I close a space (hitting cmd + W) it automatically switches me back to the Desktop. Is there a way for it to switch to the space that is to the left/right of the space I just ...
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Replace spaces in this shell script with %20

I have this command from the question Can automation service to get the parent folder path? but it has spaces in it. When it's ran it looks like this: File Path: file:///Volumes/Desktop/Fortigate/...
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How can I switch spaces instantly? [duplicate]

I can't overstate the significance of "instantly"! I'm trialling a working process that makes very heavy use of spaces. Heavy enough that any delay when switching spaces is making it essentially ...
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Keyboard shortcut switch to space

I just found out about the ^1, ^2 etc. keyboard shortcuts for switching to desktops. Those only do desktops though. How can I set-up keyboard shortcuts to switch to spaces? E.g. full-screen safari ...
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Force opening file on same Desktop and screen

I am using two displays and since updating to High Sierra I'm experiencing weird behavior when opening files on the same space. I have a non-full-screen Finder window open on a Space on Display 2. ...
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Garageband still taking up space in High Sierra

Garageband is taking up nearly 25 GB of space under Music Creation when I look at "Manage" storage on my Macbook Air running High Sierra. I have deleted every file for Garageband, including Apple ...
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Avoid re-ordering of windows when changing desktops/spaces

I use 4 desktops and have enabled Assign to All Desktops for several apps. When changing from one desktop to another, any of these "all desktops" apps that were on top get sent to the back. Can this ...
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Maintaining spaces as monitors are disconnected

I have a Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro work laptop. At work, it's connected to 2 external monitors, plus I use the laptop as its own monitor, arranged as [laptop][monitor1][monitor2]. Boot Camp and ...
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How do I speed up the animation time for switching between desktop spaces? [duplicate]

Is there a way to speed up the animation time for switching between spaces? (Or maybe turning them off?). Preferably without buying a third party app. Maybe there's an option defaults. I'm on Sierra ...
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High Sierra how to move menu bar to external monitor

[MBP 2014, Mac OS High Sierra] I managed to crack the lower left corner of my screen last night, the power cable flicked into the space as I was closing the lid. As a result, I'm missing a couple ...
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Swiping between spaces changed

A couple days ago, my MacBook updated to Mac OS X 10.13.2 (17C88), and since then, the swiping between spaces has been fickle. Before the update, I just had to swipe with three fingers (as per the ...
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Cannot switch focus between monitors when clicking a space in mission control

I have my Macbook Pro at a desktop station with a monitor and mouse and keyboard. I will generally be working on the monitor and using the Macbook display for reference material and chat. When I am ...
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Rearranging spaces in macOS in a more “automatic” fashion

I'm looking for a way to swap Mission Control space n to space m, by means of a keyboard shortcut or a terminal command as to make this process more automated/automate-able. With this, I am not trying ...
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How can I control the Terminal in the current space with AppleScript?

Working on building a Handler that passes the terminal window then calls the ID for a script I've run into mixed results and I'm curious if there is a cleaner way to get window 1 The handler: on ...
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How to change the background image of second monitor without connecting to it?

Is there a way to change the background image of the second monitor without connecting the Mac to it? I connected my Macbook to a projector and set up a background image. Now that I disconnected the ...
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When I switch to one of my workspaces with Chrome, it jumps to the other Chrome workspace

I make heavy use of workspaces, and tend to have a lot of workspaces, most of which only have one window. I pretty much always have two different workspaces that have a window of Google Chrome open. ...
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Spaces disappear (but not their application windows) when I unplug external monitors

I use Spaces (aka Desktops) to organize my work--I have a Space for email & Omnifocus, a Space for chat & calendar, and a Space for each of my main projects, plus a couple of full-screen ...
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Mission Control doesn't select app when it's assigned to “All desktops”

If you choose your app to be Assigned to All Desktops, like: You won't be able to select it from Mission Control. Check this video: https://youtu.be/6WHoD_bTn9A If you set Assign to: None, Mission ...
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Keyboard Shortcut for Creating a new Desktop (new Space) on MacOS

How do I create a new Desktop ("Space") on macOS using only the keyboard?
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Occasionally switching spaces on external display switches back on Sierra

I have the same problem as described in When switching to a different space, OS X sometimes just switches back to the previous space. Is there a fix for this? but on Sierra, not Lion, and only on an ...
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Don't switch Spaces automatically **ever**, even when double-activating app, on Sierra

I'd like OS X to stop switching Desktops when an app gains focus. The traditional solutions to this do not work in Sierra. There is now a new behavior: if an app is brought to the foreground twice in ...
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Swiping to fullscreen app immediately switches to other space

I use an external monitor as well as my MBP monitor. I use several spaces, as well as a fullscreen app. Ever since High Sierra came out, when I switch to the space for the fullscreen app, I am ...
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Safari window Space sometimes resets

I have a mid-2014 15-inch MacBook Pro (the one with the Retina display) with macOS 10.12.6. I use spaces a lot and normally have my most-used apps open in specific spaces. One of these is Safari, ...