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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 can I disable animation when switching desktops in Lion?

I would very much like to disable the sliding animation that occurs when switching desktops via ctrl+→/← or ctrl+[number] in Lion. This was previously accomplished in previous versions ...
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How to prevent Mac from changing the order of Desktops/Spaces

You may have encountered a situation in which Mac changes the order of desktops based on some events like alerts on a program or a web page in browser. How could I disable this logical change? Note: ...
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Restricting Command+tab options to only apps that are in the current space

Edit: The original accepted answer is no longer valid for Mavericks. I am keeping it accepted for historical reasons, but all readers using Mavericks should use and up-vote this answer. By default, ...
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How can I name desktops/spaces in El Capitan?

I would like to give names to different spaces; currently a new space get the default name Desktop n where n is a number. How can I give it a meaningful name?
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How to move a window to another space without using the mouse?

I use spaces for having multiple desktops, but often need to move a program from one space to another. I am aware of the various ways to do that with a mouse: Click-and-hold on the title bar of ...
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How can I rename desktops in Mission Control?

The default new desktop space is named 'Desktop 1'. If you create a new one, it is named 'Desktop 2'. Is there a way to change those default names to something more meaningful? Additionally, it looks ...
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Is it possible to reorder spaces in Lion?

I would expect 'Mission Control' to allow me to drag spaces in a certain order (with the exception of the 'Dashboard' space), but this does not seem like an option. This would be especially useful ...
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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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OSX keeps switching to the first space

I use spaces with 10.9. I run a few applications in full screen mode. While focused on an application in full screen mode every minute or so I switched back to the first space. This happens with no ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for switching Spaces?

I have a laptop and a desktop both running 10.11.1; on the laptop I found a way to set up Spaces so that CTRL-1 would take me immediately to screen 1 and similarly for all the other screens. I rely ...
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Can we disable the drag window to top of screen Mission Control / Spaces feature in El Capitan?

Open Mission Control Use any of these methods to open Mission Control: .... In OS X El Capitan, drag a window to the top of the screen. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204100 ...
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Prevent OS X from changing Spaces after quitting an App?

After quitting an application, the previous app that I was interacting with is automatically selected. If I was working in Terminal, switched to Chrome, and then decided to quit Chrome, Terminal ...
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Restore app windows to their original Spaces

When re-opening an app, all of its windows end up on the first Space, regardless of their original placement: Original layout: one app has two windows open, each in a separate Space +-----[ Space 1 ]...
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How can I stop OS X from switching Spaces when the mouse cursor is at the edge of the screen?

Mac OS X Spaces change when I hold the mouse at the edge of the screen. Is there an application or 'defaults' command to disable this? Warp looks like it might help, but hasn't changed the behavior ...
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How can I stop spaces from switching automatically?

I will often use Spaces on Mac OS X 10.5 to switch to another space when a program is busy / unresponsive. Very often, without warning or apparent reason, Spaces will switch back to the first space ...
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Why do full-screen applications change their order in Mission Control?

How are fullscreen apps organised? This is usually my workflow: Dashboard / Desktop / Safari / Pages I sometimes go to Pages and type some things and go back to Safari, and then I find that it ...
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Disable shrinking spaces bar in El Capitan

I can't find a single piece of information about my issue. Is it possible to disable the 'feature' that the spaces bar reveals the content only if I hover with the mouse on it? It drives me nuts and I ...
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How can I make applications on OSX open new windows in the same space when opening a file from Finder?

OSX 10.8. Pretty simple. Right now when I open a file through Finder, if the filetype is set to be open by application Y, oftentimes OSX finds a space that has an open window of Y, and sends the file ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Spaces in Yosemite?

Is there a way to completely disable Spaces in Yosemite (without turning off Mission Control, Dashboard, etc.)? As someone who frequently switches between multiple monitors and using my Macbook on ...
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Only show active windows in the current space in Mac OSX when pressing CMD-Tab

I'm new to Mac and have the following wish: I would like to have one instance of an application (app1) on space1 and another application (app2) on space2. When I pres press CMD-Tab I see every open ...
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how to make each display a separate space, yet have a keyboard shortcut to move both screens at the same time?

In OS X Mavericks, each display (ie monitor) has it's own space. There are many advantages to that. But then there are also advantages to the old way of doing it; i.e i want both my [monitor 1 - ...
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How do I switch monitor focus with the keyboard? [duplicate]

I have 2 monitors connected to my Mac. Each monitor has multiple spaces setup, for example - monitor 1 has Desktop 1, 2 & 3 and monitor 2 has Desktop 4 & 5. ctrl+← and ctrl+→ only move ...
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How do I get command+tab to stop re-ordering spaces [duplicate]

Right now I have Chrome set up in Desktop 1, Terminal in Desktop 2, and Spotify in Desktop 3. If I command+tab to Spotify, it changes the order of the desktops, so now Desktop 3 is Desktop 2 and ...
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Preserve Window Spaces Placement Between Restarts

I use Spaces to organize the task I'm pursing. In that vein, I often will have a browser window on each Space, with open tabs relevant to that task that Space is used for. For example, Space 1 is for ...
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How do you completely disable the space-switching animations in OS X Yosemite?

Is there a way to completely disable the animations when switching from one space to another in Yosemite? Everything I have found so far is for previous versions of OS X. I have tried all of these ...
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Open new terminal window in current space, regardless of other open terminals in other spaces

When using Spaces on Mac OS X trying to open a new terminal instance results in focus being pulled to whatever space has the most recently accessed terminal window. With Finder I can click on the ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to jump directly to a particular full screen app in Lion?

When you full screen an application in Lion, it "flies out" of the desktop space it started in, and winds up at the end of the spaces list (assuming you have turned off auto-arranging). As a result ...
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Single desktop image for all desktops

I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion. Afterward when I would set a Desktop picture (either through System Preferences or iPhoto) it was applied to all desktops. Yesterday I control clicked the ...
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Preserve the desktop where an application's window was placed, after a system restart

As the image below shows, I've a few applications which I keep open on my main desktop and I've another space/Desktop for applications like Twitter for Mac, Stickies, etc. Now, the problem is that ...
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How to make fullscreen windows appear next to the current space with “…rearrange spaces based on recent use…” disabled

I keep a lot of apps running at the same time. I keep some apps in fullscreen next to the first desktop for general usage, and some other fullscreen apps next to a second desktop for "work" stuff. ...
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App behavior with spaces and minimized window

I would like to change the behavior when I click on an app that's not open on the current space. Right now, it goes to whichever space has that app. Instead, I'd like it to favor the current space, ...
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How can I move spaces between external monitors in Mavericks?

I have a new (late 2013) MBP that I use with an external monitor. Annoyingly, when I plug/unplug the monitor, arbitrary spaces end up being fixed to either the internal or external monitor. Going to ...
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Speed up the transition between spaces?

Is it possible to speed up the transition between spaces? I often open my applications in full screen mode but I would like the transition to be a bit faster, is there a way to speed this up (i.e. ...
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Two possibly related issues with Mission Control in MacOS Sierra 10.12.3

I've run into an annoying issue with Sierra. I typically run four or five desktops in Mission Control (and have since Lion) to group tasks on their own screen space. This is on a late 2012 mini, ...
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How can I make rows and columns for Spaces in Lion?

I just recently switched to Lion from Snow leopard and dealing with a few issues (like this question) I am still loving it, though. I used to have 3 X 3 spaces (I know, it's insane for some, but I ...
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Mavericks update broke keyboard shortcut for switching Spaces

I've upgraded to Mavericks from Mountain Lion. I've used the keyboard shortcut "Control" + "number" to switch between Spaces. The upgrade broke this. I've checked System Preferences and all the ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks keeps jumping to the first desktop [duplicate]

My screen (desktop/spaces) keeps jumping to the first "desktop". There are no running apps on that desktop (except finder). After the first few times this happened I pressed ⌘ Cmd-⌥ Opt-⎋ Esc and ...
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Tricks and usages of Spaces [closed]

I think that Spaces can be a really nice tool to improve your day-to-day work. I would gladly hear about the settings and usage of those virtual desktops (For instance : What's your logic behind the ...
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Random space switching issue

When I am using Chrome for web development I like to have it open on the same space as where I am using my code editor. Chrome is currently assigned to a different space than my code editor so ...
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Using Apple's Screen Sharing, can I redirect gestures and keys for controlling Spaces to the shared machine?

I'm using the built in Screen Sharing tool in El Capitan to control an iMac from a Macbook Pro in full screen mode. Everything works beautifully except that many special keys and gestures are ...
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With multiple monitors, can I pick which one an application will load on?

In Spaces it's possible to specify which space a given application will open on -- for example, my web browser always opens on Space 1 and iTunes on Space 3. Is something similar possible with ...
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OS X Mountain Lion: keyboard shortcut to move current window to another space

In OS X Mountain Lion, is there a way I can assign a keyboard shortcut to move the active window to a specified space (or even the adjacent space if an arbitrary space can't be specified). Ideally, ...
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How do I disable auto swoosh (automatic space switching) in MacOS Sierra?

I don't ever want to be switched between spaces except when I request it explicitly. In Yosemite, this could be solved by: disabling "Group windows by application" in Preferences -> Mission Control ...
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Is there a way to fix the slow space switching animation in Yosemite?

I'm a developer and use spaces extensively. I have my terminal in one space, my editor in another, etc. When I use ctrl + arrow key to switch to the left or right the animation is incredibly slow (...
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Maintain allocation of windows to spaces on restart and external monitor unplugging

I use spaces heavily and I have my windows arranged in a particular order. If I restart every application will be launched in the same space with many empty spaces. If I unplug my external monitor, ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Spaces in El Capitan?

Is there a way to completely disable Spaces in El Capitan without turning off Mission Control, Dashboard, etc.? If not, is there a way to disable drag to space? I'm using Cinch and I find it quite ...
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Close empty desktop/spaces

I usually end up with a lot of empty desktop/spaces upon disconnecting external monitors. Is there an easy way to close all desktop/spaces that don't have any application windows on them?
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How do I rename desktops in Mountain Lion?

It seems that Apple doesn't provide a way to rename desktops from the default "Desktop 1", etc. Renaming desktops would be great for my workflow. Does anyone know how to do this manually or with a ...
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How can I disable Spaces in Lion?

I used to use spaces a lot on Leopard and Snow Leopard, but the way it works on Lion is annoying for me, especially when it sends the full screen apps to a Space at the end of the row. Is there a way ...
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Spaces in Mavericks: apps do not remember their space

I've switched to Mavericks and i wonder if the behaviour i'm seeing is a bug or a "feature". It used to be that whenever you created spaces you could assign apps to a specific space, say Mail.app to ...