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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Open documents in specified spaces

Often I need to work with three documents for one school subject, which remains the case for the school year. I have a shortcut that will open all three document in the current space (just simple open ...
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Screens; is there a shortcut to separate fractional spaces back into their own screens?

I use spaces a lot. Sometimes i combine two spaces together which is great (fractional spaces). However when I want to go back to having them in their own dedicated spaces it takes time and is fiddly....
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How to get different icon and layouts on different Spaces?

I love swiping between different Spaces. But, for as long as I can remember, I have wished that those Spaces would truly be different desktops underneath, with different icons. It's kind of weird ...
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Is there a way to view all Spaces in macOS (using a shortcut)

I'm looking for a way to view all desktops (spaces) at once with a single shortcut (like CMD + Up for Mission control) . If i could archive the same effect you get when you use mission control and go ...
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Multiple Desktops/Spaces: Assign specific application windows to a specific Space programmatically?

I have seen existing questions (Assign Application Windows to Different Spaces/Desktops, Spaces in Mavericks: apps do not remember their space, How to have certain *windows* start in different spaces ...
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How to use the (free space) from disk [duplicate]

When I run diskutil list there is 40 gb (free space), my question is that how can I merge it into my Container disk2? From the Disk Utility, I am not able to do this as the picture, I can not even ...
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How to have Spaces display desktop contents instead of desktop name only?

I'd like Spaces automatically to display the full screen contents of the desktops instead of only their names (without first having to place the mouse cursor on the "film strip"). I used to ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to allow me to go back to my last used space?

Suppose I have 10 spaces and I am currently using Space 1. Often times I'll CommandTab to an app in macOS and it will take me to where that app is (lets say it takes me to Space 10). Is there a ...
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Remove a Mission Control space using a keyboard shortcut in macOS Big Sur

I am aware you can do it from Mission Control by hovering over it then clicking the "x" and that there is no shortcut available in 'Keyboard'. Are there any ways to do this by using a 3rd ...
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Keyboard shortcut swap/move individual desktop spaces

I tend to just use one "Desktop" Desktop, then my other Desktops are full-screened apps. I frequently close & open Desktop spaces, like when I decide to open a new browser window. My ...
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Create a new space using a keyboard shortcut in macOS Big Sur

I am aware you can do it from Mission Control by clicking and there is no shortcut available in 'Keyboard'. Are there any ways to do this by using a 3rd party program or Shell/ Applescript? The ...
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Avoid desktops switching between monitors on re-connect

I use my MBP with 3 displays (the MBP display itself, plus two external monitors). Whenever I disconnect (or close) the MBP, and reconnect it later, the "Desktop 1" (and its additional ...
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How do I record my screen on one space and work on another?

QuickTime Player allows you to easily record your screen on macOS. However, neither does it seem to allow to record a specific window nor can I record in a different space than I am currently working ...
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MacOS 10.14 — always make external monitor the “second” monitor

The Problem: New windows and freshly-launched apps (seemingly) arbitrarily push new windows or the app itself to the second monitor. How do I prevent the seemingly random issue of newly-invoked/-...
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External SSD contains GBs of memory even after data is removed from it

Just bought a new Samsung T7 SSD 1TB which I'm using for my MacBook Air. Before I stored anything on it, space was 1TB, after storing around some files of around 2GBs, things were okay. But once I ...
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Multiple desktops break in weird way when plugged into monitor

I have spent a lot of time searching for answers to this problem but I have not found anything. I have an LG UltraFine 5K Display and a 2016 MacBook Pro running Catalina 10.15.7. The monitor is ...
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Why does Citrix CAG (RDP across monitors) take up multiple Spaces?

I used to have just my iMac and I used Spaces to have different apps on different desktops (i.e. Mail on desktop1, iTunes on desktop2, Chrome on desktop3). I've recently attached another monitor to my ...
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Free space shown on Windows 10 (BOOTCAMP partition) does not correspond to the free space shown on Disk Utility

I'm not quite sure how this works, but yesterday I used Boot Camp Assistant to get Windows on my Mac. Somehow the space available on the C drive is 10 GB whilst in the Disk Utility it shows 18 GB of ...
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Switching desktops / full screen apps on multiple displays?

I have kind of a weird case on Catalina (10.15.7, MBP 13" 2019). I have two external displays and a laptop screen. The laptop screen mirrors to Display 2. For some reason, I can switch between ...
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Double click on dock icon to open a window in the current space

Say I have multiple spaces/desktop open. Desktop 2 is my current one with no [someapp] windows, Desktop 1 has a [someapp] window open. If I click on the [someapp] icon in the doc the system first puts ...
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Disable animations when switching between Desktop Spaces in Catalina?

I've searched far and wide, but have not found solution to completely disable the slide or fade animation when switching between desktop Spaces in MacOS. Is there a way to disable this? I'm willing to ...
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Open documents with Preview in the same window from a different space

Assuming I have Preview assigned to space 2, a document already open there, and Dock > Prefer tabs set to always, I am asking if someone knows a way to: Go to space 1 (or any other space) Double-...
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Shortcut to next/prev workspace triggered on a monitor with mouse, not monitor with focused application

Macos has built in shortcuts to switch between workspaces ^left arrow - go to left workspace ^right arrow - go to right workspace I have a multimonitor setup and it often happens that the mouse is ...
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How to change desktop wallpaper for all desktops/spaces?

I want to write a script to change all my desktops/spaces' wallpaper to one picture every 5 minutes. (In linux, I use feh script to do it.) So how to do it in MacOS Catalina(such as use shell or ...
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Is it possible to extend desktop with mission control spaces (no dock, icons, menubar on second or third space)?

I googled and didn't find anything, I know changing wallpapers is allowed for different spaces, on a single macbook is it possible to have the second and other spaces be different from the first like ...
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Highly irregular line spacing in Pages, even with exact spacing setting

Apple Pages gives me highly irregular results in regard to line spacing. I am using Lato as a font. In Pages things look less bad, but once i export to PDF it becomes really apparent and a serious ...
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Apps don't gain focus when switching between them in Mission Control with a touchpad

I have this weird issue where if I switch between two apps with a trackpad they do not gain focus and I have to click the app to start working in it. Note that, by "switching between apps", ...
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Spaces: Rename Desktops [duplicate]

Is it possible to dynamically rename spaces, (as if I was renaming a folder or file), so I can write small descriptions of the ongoing project contained in each?
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how to run stickies ONLY on desktop space 1

I enjoy using Stickies on Desktop 1. However, when I switch to Desktop 2 I'd like to have no screen clutter whatsoever. I can't find a right click option that allows me to Open stickies only on ...
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What file is responsible for saving window position?

Since upgrading to Mojave in 2018, I've had some apps that simply will not remember their window positions properly. They remember the correct Space but not the correct display. I use dual 27" ...
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MacOS does not isolate the apps in the secondary monitor through each Desktop

I work with MacOS - El Capitan Furthermore I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu Desktop working with multi desktops. I know how create a new one and how move through them An important observation is that ...
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How can I recover my external hard drive's free space? [duplicate]

I had these partitions on an external hard drive: /dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme ...
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Auto Swoosh to space on a per app basis

There is a lot of questions and articles about the "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for the application" under the mission control settings pane (also called "...
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Open Chrome Developer tools (not docked) in same space as chrome

So i am trying to have the dev tools open and appear above the main window of chrome, which is full screen. thanks to the mission control/spaces, i am not able to do this. does anyone know of a work ...
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Same spaces assignment on 2 different monitors [duplicate]

I work on a mac and sometimes i plug in a secondary monitor. Now, i assigned photoshop, illustrator, premiere and after effects (i work with almost all of them at the same time) to the respective ...
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How to create a space from commandline in Mac?

I want to be able to create a new space from the command-line so that I can quickly launch a set of applications in a particular space. Would be preferable if I could directly create the space in a ...
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OSX disk space shows 200GB as “other” [duplicate]

I have a Macbook Pro Retina 13" Mid 2014, with a 500GB disk. I never have to work with large files such as movie editing or anything like that nor do I use time machine backups. After upgrading to ...
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Understanding the contents of com.apple.spaces.plist

I'm interested in understanding the contents of com.apple.spaces.plist because I'm trying to develop a solution to the problem of restoring apps to their original Spaces after a restart. Looking at ...
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How to “unstick” Firefox from a space?

Whenever I try to open Firefox, it shows up rapidly on the current space but then disappears to move to the space where it has been closed the last time I used it. For example : I have 3 spaces. I am ...
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Safari forces desktop switch while open

Since macOS update 10.15.4, I have been having a problem with Safari. When I open Safari on one desktop/Space and switch to another one, after a short delay of approximately a second Safari steals ...
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Horizontal Lines When Switching Spaces

So I noticed an issue with my screen that started last night wherein horizontal white lines slash across the top right portion of my screen whenever I switch Spaces in Mission Control. I noticed this ...
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“Reduce motion” is not working when option “Displays have separate Spaces” is unchecked

has anyone answer to this please ? The thing is, when I check "Displays have separate spaces" in Mission control settings, Reduce motion kicks in and it works....but when I want to have "one big ...
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Launch multiple applications and move them to separated spaces with one click

Every time I'm starting using my Mac I'm opening app X, Y and Z and then moving them to separated spaces. Is there any easy way to do this automatically with one click? For eg. launch X, Y and Z, move ...
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Override Spaces: How to span an application(Citrix Workspace) full-screen on 2 of 4 monitors in OSX Catalina?

I have a four monitor setup at home (2 large, 2 small). Is there a way to give Citrix access to only two monitors in full-screen mode? It seems to be stuck between all-monitors or one-monitor... Or ...
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Give Free Space from “Free Space” partition to a specific partition

After some issues with my internal disk, I moved my OS on an external drive which is split into : - (disk2s2) Macintosh HD (Apple_HFS): my operating system; - (disk2s5) Volume 1 (Apple_HFS): My ...
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Is there a way to span one app over more than one space?

I'm using Citrix receiver with only one (laptop) display. I figured out that if I would be able to span this application over (for example) three different spaces it would be a lot easier for me to ...
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ApplesScript, autopress space bar

I am trying to run a script that will double press space bar in a fast sequence after this command repeat 10000 times tell application "System Events" to keystroke "g" using command down ...
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Prevent Microsoft Office applications to follow desktop (Spaces)

When I'm working on an office application such as Excel, Word, etc, and I switch to a different desktop (right or left) the application always follows. The desired behavior, and what happens with most ...
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Keeping a persistent external monitor configuration between home and office [duplicate]

I would like to keep the spaces for my two external monitors in the same arrangement between two different environments, home and work. Currently, when I switch between the two, the spaces occupied by ...
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How to see all windows of an application within a space?

I am a fan of the exposé feature in Mac. I work in multiple spaces dedicated to each for respective projects. However, I would want to see all windows belonging to a particular application on that ...

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