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How to prevent Mac from changing the order of Desktops/Spaces

System Preferences > Mission Control Uncheck Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use. This will fix the order of all your regular Spaces - but not Fullscreen spaces, which always ...
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OSX Yosemite - Mission Control stopped working

(This irritating bug seems to be biting me more often after updating to 10.10.4) When this happens and I don't want to have to reboot, I only restart the "Dock" process and the problem is gone. ...
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How to switch between fullscreen applications in OSX (Mavericks)

This doesn't let you switch straight to a target app, but ctrl + cursor keys will let you move left and right through your spaces to reach the full screen app. The shortcut can be changed in system ...
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macOS: Navigating between desktops using keyboard shortcuts

Go to System Preferences app → Keyboard → Shortcuts and you can assign keyboard shortcuts to move across Spaces (desktops). You can also use the F3 (Mission Control) key on your Mac's keyboard to get ...
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Three-finger trackpad gesture on Mission Control and Expose not working in my Mac Pro

This sometimes happens to me, where the 3-finger macro stops working. Seems like OSX just bugs out. My hotfix right now is to open the command line and run killall Dock. Seems to work fine for ...
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El Capitan, expand desktop thumbnails by default in Mission Control

Edit 1/30/16: After using a few different options in my daily workflow over the past few months, I've settled on almost exactly the solution proposed by @Arctus. Despite requiring a 3rd-party program, ...
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Can I show the Mission Control desktop number in the menu bar?

Maybe the open source WhichSpace project can do this: WhichSpace Have you ever forgotten which space is currently active on OS X (10.11+) and wanted a quick way to tell? Didn't think so... but I did! ...
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Close an application window directly from Mission Control?

You can use do this by using Better Touch Tool as suggested by Anthonin C's comment. However, if you have a trackpad or touchpad, you may find that using a gesture instead of a keyboard shortcut ...
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Can we disable the drag window to top of screen Mission Control / Spaces feature in El Capitan?

According to the Reddit thread, Is there any way to disable Mission Control coming up when I drag a window to the top of the screen?, the solution is: System Preferences > Mission Control ...
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Hot Corners for Mission Control stop working

Had this issue November 2016 running OS 10.12.1 "Sierra" an additional symptom is that Mission Control was not launching. I fixed it by opening Activity Monitor, Quit the dock (force quit was not ...
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El Capitan, expand desktop thumbnails by default in Mission Control

Yes, this is very annoying I submitted feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html I suggest everyone who agrees does the same as this is either a bug or design regression.
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Speed up Mission Control animations in macOS Sierra

Here's a quick list of animation-related tweaks for macOS Sierra. Don’t animate opening applications from the Dock defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false Speed up Mission Control ...
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OSX Yosemite - Mission Control stopped working

The GUI way: Open Activity Monitor. In the search field, type in 'Dock'. Select Dock in the results. Click on the black X directly above on the left. When asked if you are sure you want to quit the ...
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Can't move spaces from one screen to another

Too late for the OP, but for future reference, my issue with this was resolved as suggested by Wes Campaigne above. Sometimes my Mac (laptop + two external monitors) wakes up with the desktops on the ...
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OSX Yosemite - Mission Control stopped working

I found that the file responsible ist com.apple.dock.plist which sits in ~/Library/Preferences. In this file exists an entry to enable/disable mission control. For me this procedure helped to get ...
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Can I set a delay on Mission Control Hot Corners? Or maybe change how they’re triggered?

Yes! When setting up your Hot Corners in System Preferences, just hold down a modifier key. For example, pressing the ⌘ key while clicking on a corner means you’ll configure it so it’s only triggered ...
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El Capitan, expand desktop thumbnails by default in Mission Control

A work around I have is to set a hot corner to the top left to open mission control. That way, when I open mission control via this, they are already expanded. This still works, but bettertouchtools ...
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What is an efficient way for developers / power users to use OSX window management and Spaces on a single screen?

The info contained in this answer, though some prefs have changed appearance, should be good for any macOS from Lion to Monterey. I'm a Spaces user of long-time habit, even though I've always had 2 ...
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El Capitan, expand desktop thumbnails by default in Mission Control

I managed to get around this for the time being using BetterTouchTools. Specifically I've set my 3 finger swipe gesture to move the mouse to the top of the screen and back again. It's seamless enough ...
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Workspaces not switching automatically

I've seen this intermittently for a few releases now. I fix it by restarting the "Dock" process (which handles Spaces/MissionControl) using this Terminal command: killall Dock I don't know how to do ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch between applications in Mission Control

There is no keyboard shortcut to switch between applications within Mission Control. In System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control you can see all of the built in keyboard shortcuts ...
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Immobilise Desktops

You can have them all static or dynamic but not a mix of both. To make them static (so they stay as you put them) do this: Open System Preferences Click on Mission Control Uncheck Automatically ...
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El Capitan, expand desktop thumbnails by default in Mission Control

Developer Brian Kendall has created this for restoring the old behaviour: https://github.com/briankendall/forceFullDesktopBar It injects code into the Dock process to call the method that shows ...
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Speed up Mission Control animations in macOS Sierra

Aidan Marr is correct. BetterTouchTool can be used to get the old behaviour. First, disable three finger swipe up in System Preferences > Trackpad. Then, use BetterTouchTool as follows: Select the "...
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Mission Control not working (Mac OS Catalina 10.15)

Try to restart the Mac's Dock, follow this link fix the problem for me: https://www.defaults-write.com/fix-for-not-working-exposemission-control/ To solve this problem apply the following defaults ...
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Move all app windows to another work space in El Capitan

Enable “Group windows by application” in Mission Control preferences: That will bring back the app icon in Mission Control, which would allow you to drag all windows of a given app between spaces:
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OS slows down when I connect external monitor

Kernel task exists to slow things down when the system gets hot. Have you ruled out a temperature rise when running more pixels adds GPU and CPU load? Especially if you run closed clamshell mode. ...
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OS slows down when I connect external monitor

Restarting SMC chipset helped fixing it. Shut down Mac Hold. CTRL+OPTION+SHIFT+POWER button for 10 seconds Start mac
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How can I rename desktops in Mission Control?

[Update: creator here 👋 - I have pulled this app from the App Store because it's a free app that I currently don't have a great way to test on Monterey, as I don't own hardware that can run it (I ...
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Remove OSX shortcut to switch between spaces (ctrl + number shortcut)

Please check and uncheck accordingly Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control
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