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System Prefs > 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 go to the right of existing numbered Spaces. From comments: Note this cannot fix the Mac confusing which external screen is which. That's not user-controlled at all, &...


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I posted a bug on Radar#28495374 and here is the response from Apple: Fixed in 10.12. Go to Accessibility and Turn on Reduce Motion… Please let us know whether the issue is resolved for you by updating your bug report.


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TotalSpaces has an option to disable the animation for changing spaces: TotalSpaces is still in beta and a bit glitchy though. There's a small delay before changing spaces, and the whole screen seems to move a few pixels horizontally during the transition. Edit: both of those have now been fixed.


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You can enable this feature in the "Keyboard" preference pane. Open System Preferences (e.g., from the Apple menu) Click on the "Keyboard" preference pane Go to the "Shortcuts" tab Choose "Mission Control" from the menu on the left Look in the box on the right for "Switch to Desktop 1" Enable the feature by "checking" the check box Be sure that the keyboard ...


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Yosemite This behavior can be mapped to your desired key combination like so: System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard > Move focus to active or next window Mavericks ^F4 does switch through windows in the current space but you may have to upgrade to Yosemite to map this behavior to ^~. But the problem can still be alleviated like so: ...


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This seems to be Google Drive-related. The behavior has stopped after quitting Google Drive app (in the taskbar). If you have the same issue, please also report to the Google Support Forums so Google will know the extent of the issue: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/drive/report-a-problem/sv-ZC0ws3Mw This is now fixed - https://...


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You can change the default preference easily: System Prefs > Mission Control > Automatically rearrange Spaces based on most recent use.


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Nop, there is no way to do that =/ --> Now it's possible (EDIT) By the way, you can put an application into fullscreen and the Desktop will take the application's name. Related Questions : The commercial TotalSpaces by binaryage allows you to name spaces. Patrix : May be worth noting that you need to partially disable SIP in order to use TotalSpaces,...


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This is something that I wanted for ages, so I finally got around and built an open source solution! It behaves similarly to TotalSpaces in that it uses SIMBL to hook into the display functionality, and uses an application with a top menu bar button to rename the desktops. To install it, just head over to my GitHub and follow the installation instructions! ...


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A very low technology but quite direct solution is to assign keystrokes to each desktop (Preferences -> keyboard -> shortcuts -> Mission Control : allows you to assign ^1 to Desktop 1 and so on). Then write your desired Desktop Names on a small stickie note (a physical one!) and stick it near the number keys. All your Desktop names are constantly in view, ...


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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 Uncheck "Displays have separate Spaces" then log out and back in again. It works, I had the same issue & now it's sorted.


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OS X - Snow Leopard seems to have two states when it comes to the switching behavior. Dragging a window or not dragging a window. If you are not dragging a window, it ignores your mouse hovering at a side. This makes sense, or the dock and hot corners would be very hard to use. When you are dragging a window, it auto-switches workspaces if you hang around at ...


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I did this recently to get an iMac to better support an X-Arcade Tankstick and MAME. I do not know that it totally disabled Spaces, but is has effectively eliminated them for me. System Preferences > Mission Control: Uncheck everything. Set shortcut for Mission Control to "-" System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission control: Uncheck everything ...


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I know Hyperswitch didn't exist when that question was asked, but it is a modern answer to that question, and it is much better than hacking with Karabiner (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook) and/or struggling with the system preferences (since they don't accept any key mapping for every command). Please see https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/127414 and upvote it if ...


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You can uncheck "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use" on the "Mission Control" tab in system preferences. This will leave the desktops in the expected order.


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You can only move spaces which are non-active. For example, lets say you have spaces 1 and 2. If space 1 is active, you can not move it. You first have to select space 2 then you can move space 1 to a different monitor.


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Enter Mission Control Hover over the selected space or hold ⌥ remove by clicking on the x


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I'm a Spaces user of long-time habit, even though I've always had 2 screens. I find the best way to get around is to pin specific apps to specific Spaces [then remember where they live, which is the only difficult bit] If no apps are yet assigned this way, then switch to the chosen Space before launching the app, then right click the app in the Dock & ...


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Try using Helium. It uses a 'customizable translucency' to keep a window on top of other windows. Plus, it won't intercept mouse clicks on top of it unless you want it to. As of now, it only supports a browser window but the question doesn't indicate if that's a requirement of the OP or not.


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As far as I know, there's no way to do exactly what you want, but you can come pretty close. It's true that if you uncheck the "When switching..." checkbox, you don't go to the app when you click on the icon in the dock, but you do go to the app when you double click it (or just generally click it a second time when the application is active but nothing is ...


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I’m pretty certain that you can't; you just get a single-line. From John Siracusa’s review of Lion (when describing the implementation of spaces in Mission Control): The biggest limitation of this new arrangement is that Spaces are now confined to a one-dimensional line of virtual desktops. Four-finger swiping between spaces feels great, but there's no ...


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To disable the shortcut for switching to spaces go to the keyboard shortcuts tab of the keyboard preferences pane. Select Mission Control on the left and then un-check the 'Move left/right a space' options.


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It is Google Drive, it's causing Finder to crash and restart, which is why it keeps jumping back to the first desktop. It's related to the "Show file sync status icons and right click menu" setting. If you turn this setting off in the Google Drive preferences, the problem should go away.


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I wanted to do something similar. While I'm not sure it's possible to make the "Move left" and "Move right" shortcuts behave like you want (at least not without a third-party tool), you can get pretty close with the "Switch to Desktop [n]" shortcuts. Here's what I did: In Mission Control, add or remove desktops from both displays so you have the same number ...


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There is a bug #74812 in Chromium. Vote for it! Same question on Superuser. edit: it was implemented in the latest development version (Chrome 79)! Though, by default, in compliance with Apple's UI requirements, this feature still won't restore the workspaces if you exited Chrome with Cmd-Q. Quoting sfy, the feature author: For folks who want Chrome to ...


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UPDATED SOLUTION: I came up with a better hack inspired by Karl's answer. Open up the Stickies app. Right click on it on the Dock and select Options -> All Desktops. Create one sticky. In it create a list like this: Desktop 1 - Email Desktop 2 - Gaming Desktop 3 - Home Business Make it tall enough and the font large enough so that it is legible when in ...


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I am using the built-in Stickies app. I've created a sticky for each space on the top left corner. Just set the sticky window to Floating which keeps it on top of every other window. This way you get a nice label for each Space which is visible while you are working. To see all your Spaces just select the Stickies app, click Control + ↓ and you see the ...


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Mission Control desktop spaces are strictly linear. 1x9 is all you have, and 1x9 is all you'll get (for the foreseeable future anyways). Given the use of 9(!) desktop spaces, the two fastest ways to navigate explicitly to one of them are the keyboard shortcuts, or explicitly launching the Mission Control interface and clicking on the specific desktop space ...


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Amethyst With Amethyst, you can send windows to specific spaces using configurable keyboard shortcuts. One possible setup is: Command + Control + 1   [send to Desktop 1] Command + Control + 2   [send to Desktop 2] Command + Control + 3   [send to Desktop 3] and so on . . . By default, Amethyst automatically tiles your macOS ...


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Mac OS X Lion supports this out of the box now. Simply switch to the Space you want to apply a certain background to, then change it as usual (with System Preferences or the desktop's context menu). Repeat for your other Spaces and background images. For older versions, you will still need to use a third-party tool as recommended by the other answers.


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