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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 to Prevent Title Bar from Auto-Showing When Switching Between Full Screen Spaces on macOS?

On macOS Sonoma (version 14.2.1), I encounter an issue where the application's title bar automatically shows up each time I switch between full screen apps across different spaces. This behavior is ...
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Monterey: Show two Spaces side by side on one physical monitor

I frequently share my desktop on Zoom (and similar tools). I might be tiling or swapping between a few Chrome windows, a PDF viewer, an SSH session, etc. I sometimes use a big wide monitor that gets ...
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Remove delay after switching space

After switching spaces with a keyboard shortcut, sometimes I need to wait before the animation completes before I can switch space again. Specifically, with 4 spaces, this happens if switching from ...
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Spaces always switches to first space when clicking on icon in Dock

I run MacOS Ventura 13.5.2. I use spaces and have quite a lot of applications open in fullscreen mode. So, one application takes up one space. When I now click on the application icon in the dock, ...
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App assigned to one desktop stays behind apps assigned to all desktops

In macOS 14.0 "Sonoma" [EDIT: now also on 14.1], the following buggy behavior keeps returning at random times. Situation: I have assigned certain apps to a single Desktop (that is, to one ...
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Shortcut to escape from "Space" to main screen

Using terminology from Work in multiple spaces on Mac, spaces are additional desktops. Let's say I have five spaces open and I am on the right-most one. Is there a shortcut I can use to go to the left-...
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Modify "Show on all Spaces" wallpaper setting by shell on macos Sonoma

In system settings, under Wallpaper, there is a new toggle option to "Show on all Spaces". I'm looking for a way to set this option via shell in terminal since when a new wallpaper is set ...
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Force MS Teams to behave as expected

When clicking on an open application in the dock, the desktop on which it has an open window is switched to. This works for any application, including Microsoft applications, except MS Teams, and it's ...
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Delayed focus when switching workspaces (lost keystrokes)

I'm using macOS 13.6 on a 2023 MacBook Pro with an M2 chip. When I switch workspaces (using the Ctrl+← / →), there is a delay of probably several hundred milliseconds (or maybe even a second) before a ...
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How do I configure the Mac so that I can switch between two desktops/spaces from which the first one is always shown on an external screen?

For presentation I would like to show Firefox and VSCode on an external screen. But sometimes I would like to do something on the Laptop withot showing it on the external screen, but leave that with ...
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How To Change desktops focus automatically

Sometimes when switching between spaces/desktops I notice the app I switched to does not have the focus, but rather a previous window/desktop/space that I had just been interacting with. For example ...
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Shortcut for switching to workspace 2 not working

I have four desktops named "Desktop 1-4". My keyboard shortcuts for "Switch to Desktop 1,2,3,4" are CMD+a,s,d,f respectively. Sometimes CMD+s will stop working, and no longer ...
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Can browser windows be assigned to specific Mission Control Spaces?

I usually run MacOS with three Mission Control Spaces and a distinct web browser window (Firefox) in each of them. My settings on Firefox are to open previous windows and tabs when restarting. However,...
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other window show first when switch desktop

When switching desktop with four finger sliding, it seems windows that are assigned to all desktop appear first for a second and then shows the last focused window. Is it possible to skip the showing ...
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Switching Spaces with 3-finger swipe, focus is still on the previous Space

I recently upgraded my 2018 MacBook Pro running Mojave to a 2023 MacBook Pro running Ventura. Since the upgrade, I've noticed some differences in behavior that weren't present before. My primary ...
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How to use Quick Notes with virtual desktops

The Quick Note feature of Notes.app is interesting, either through its shortcut fn Q or through the active corner to write down a bit of information you need. However, I find it rather incompatible ...
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Assigning application to All Desktops causes unfocused windows to be moved to the back on some of my displays

I have a multiple display setup with multiple Desktops/Workspaces on each display. I have 'Displays have separate Spaces' and 'Group windows by application' enabled. 'Stage Manager' and the other ...
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Stop macOS from switching spaces when opening links/files

My question is a variation of this one. Since the answer to that one doesn't solve mine, I decide to post a new question. In my "Mission Control" parameters, "When switching to an ...
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Edge window not focusing when opening an external link

I have an odd problem with Edge on Mac, when opening a link from a different app, say mail, the link is opened with Edge, but the window is not focused. I use multiple spaces, so usually the link ...
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Keyboard becomes unresponsive when Mac shuts down automatically

I need help with my MacBook Air M1. Every time it shuts down after hours of no use, it opens on the native Ventura wallpaper, and the keyboard is unresponsive. However, the mouse works just fine, and ...
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Why does setting an app to "All Desktops" make it always show up in the foreground?

I use two Spaces on my computer and set up a few apps (note taking, task manager) to show up in "All Desktops". Although I'm running Ventura, I've seen this behavior for years: when I switch ...
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Cursor not changing to focused element after workspace change

This recently started happening in both Chrome and Safari, but with slightly different behavior in each case. Chrome: If I change spaces, and my cursor "lands" over e.g. a textarea in the ...
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How can I assign an app to a particular numbered desktop, not display, in macOS Ventura?

I am using Ventura and using an external monitor as my main display and built-in screen as extended display. I have added multiple desktops on both displays. I cannot figure out how I can assign an ...
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Names of Spaces - "Safari" vs [Website name]

I use Spaces a ton. I recently used my wife's MBA, and was surprised to see that when I put Safari into full screen and hit F3 to show all windows and spaces, the space with Safari was identified ...
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Why is Keynote using 10GB of disk space and how do I fix this?

I'm running out of disk space notice Keynote is using 10GB of disk space. Why is this and how do I reclaim the space? I use Keynote once a week for a small presentation that I edit each week. Thanks I’...
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Dock and "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for that application"

With System Preferences: Desktop & Dock: Mission Control: "When switching to an application, switch to a Space with open windows for that application" disabled, transitions to other ...
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Displaying file name of desktop wallpaper on desktop

I'm running Ventura (macOS 13.2) on an M1 MacBook Pro. I typically use five desktops (spaces). I have the desktop wallpaper on each to randomly change from a specified folder every hour. Everything ...
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Prevent that when an app is assigned to All desktops, then while switching spaces it becomes visible during space switch scrolling

When I set an app to be available on all spaces Then while while scrolling to another Space using the 3/4 finger swipe gesture the Apps are visible until I completely switch to the space and than ...
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Firefox start in last used space

I use several spaces on my iMac. When i start an application it always open in the current space, except Firefox who will start in the last space it used. This is really annoying because I have to ...
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How to go to an empty space/desktop with a keyboard shortcut on macOS?

I'd like to assign a keyboard shortcut to execute the following logic: Find empty space (with no windows, so just my desktop) and go to it. If there is no empty space, create one and then go to it. I ...
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How to set a particular virtual desktop's background using the Terminal or API on macOS 12?

When I create a new Space on macOS, I set the desktop background to an image associated with the task I will complete in the Space. Something like: % set-space-background monitor=1 space=2 ~/...
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Script for changing the names of spaces in mission control [duplicate]

I want to change the names of the spaces in mission control. I have seen previews posts that said it is not possible, but there was an app that manage to do that (which is out of the App Store right ...
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Switch to fullscreen application switches to Desktop instead of app (after testing then disabling Stage Manager)

I have reviewed all related questions that I found and have not found any that seem to address my specific problem, and I believe I have tested all permutations of the various configurations. My ...
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Remove a Desktop Space using Applescript

Thanks to @user3439894's response to this post: Create a new space using a keyboard shortcut in macOS Big Sur, and because my System language is French, I use Keyboard Maestro and the following ...
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Hide windows in Dock that exist in different Space

I use my laptop for both work and home use and am trying to improve logical separation of these purposes using spaces. I have created two spaces, but have a problem where I accidentally switch back to ...
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Prevent finder window from switching between spaces when using Mission Control [duplicate]

Using macOS Ventura 13.0.1, I have noticed that when the Finder window is active, switching between spaces in Mission Control makes this window move to the newly selected space. This happens despite ...
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How to prevent MacOS to change focus on other monitors when I'm switching Spaces or clicking on a window

I have seen this question before but everyone seems to say that it's not a bug, but a feature. I beg to disagree and provide my problem and perspective: I have Chrome spread between two Spaces in ...
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Bind fullscreen app for specific Desktop

Is it possible to bind an app to Desktop? For instance, I want to have Safari app in fullscreen mode on Desktop 2, but when I enter to fullscreen mode, Safari creates it's own space. My eventual goal ...
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Cannot allocate free space back to main disk

I've uninstalled Windows 10 from my Mac via Boot Camp and the space that I allocated to it has turned into free space. I can't seem to remove it and add it back to my total disk storage. When using ...
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How do i open minimized window on current mac spaces?

So, I want to open my minimized terminal on the Mozilla space but whenever I open my terminal, it opens on the Finder space. How can I make it to open on the Mozilla workspace?
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Drag a file between Spaces while an Extended Display is connected

Is there a way to keep the ability to drag files from one Space to another while an external monitor is connected as an Extended Display? I would like to drag a file from one Space to another. ...
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Open link in a new window in current space

Say I have two spaces: Slack, VS Code, or some app Safari/Edge/Chrome/etc. If I click on a link in an app in 1 I want it to open a new browser window in 1. Right now it switches to 2 and opens the ...
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Spaces losing Dock's "Assign To" option selection after restart

I make use of spaces and there are several apps that I like to make available in all spaces. To do so, you right click on the app's icon in the dock and select Options > Assign To > All Desktops:...
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How can I create a series of minimal app windows that only consist of a titlebar?

This question is for people with programming experience in creating apps, even simple apps. I'm having trouble figuring out where to start, because (as usual) I'm trying to do something non-standard. ...
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Apps Keep Getting Moved Across Spaces With External Monitor

I have a 2022 MBP 14" (M1 Pro, Monterey 12.5.1), I often work with an external monitor in addition to the laptop display. I use Spaces when doing so, it's a great feature and I'll organise ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut to a fullscreen window?

When a window is fullscreen, it occupies a new Desktop in Mission Control. Is there a way to have a keyboard shortcut to got to that desktop/space (without having to recreate the shortcut each time)? ...
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Get rid of any space-switching animation macOS Monterey [duplicate]

On macOS Monterey, how can I make switching spaces animation-less? I would like there to be no animation at all. As instantly as possible, just redraw the screen with the new space.
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I need an AppleScript (or maybe JXA) for switching Spaces. I found `kCGWindowWorkspace` but it's gone. Any way to find the Space for any given window?

I'm working on how to switch between Desktop Workspaces where the hotkey stays the same if I rearrange the order of the Spaces in Mission Control. I also need more than the 16 max hotkeys that Apple ...
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How to List All Windows of One App Which Are Open in All Desktops

I would like to be able to generate a list, and hopefully access one-by-one, all the open windows of any specific app no matter what desktop they are in,together with which Desktop Workspace (Mission ...
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Are there apps to split one big screen into multiple spaces?

I'm switching from three smaller screens to one big 42" monitor with Rectangle to emulate multiple monitors. It works great and I enjoy the flexibility in arranging the windows. However one thing ...
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