Sport & Auto
- About Future
- Digital Future
- Cookies Policy
- Terms & Conditions
- Investor Relations
- Contact Future
Spaces first appeared in OS X Leopard, but in Lion, the feature has been rebranded, along with Expose, into the new Mission Control feature. Mission Control is your one-stop place for viewing all of the opened application windows on your Mac, full screen apps and. Dashboard widgets. It also lets you create multiple desktops, which enables you to organize your windows by the types of applications or by the work you’ll do in each Space. For instance, you can have a Desktop for work that has your email client, web browser, or other work related applications.
You can create up to 18 (!!!) separate Desktops in Lion. This includes full screen applications, the Dashboard space, and additional desktops.
There are three different ways to create Desktops. The first is to enable full screen mode from the right-hand corner of the title bar.
When you do this, a new Desktop will be created in mission control for the full screen application. All full screen applications get their own Space.
Another way to create a space is by hovering over the top left or right of the Mission Control screen until you see a Desktop with a plus button on the top of it. Clicking on this will create a new Desktop within Mission Control.
The final way to create a new Desktop is by dragging and dropping an opened window from the Mission Control section to the top left or right corner until this Desktop icon appears. This automatically creates a new Desktop and places that window there.
If you have created too many different Desktops to keep track of, just hover over the top left of the Desktop in Mission Control and click on the “X” button that appears. Any windows contained in a closed Desktop will be moved to the first Desktop.
To move windows between spaces, simply switch to the one you’d like to move a window from by clicking on the Desktop in Mission Control, and then dragging and dropping the window onto the Desktop you would like to move the window to.
You can have certain windows always open in certain Desktops. To do this, navigate to the Desktop you’d like the application to open in and right-click on the application in the Dock and navigate to Options > This Desktop. You can also have the application be available to All Desktops or select the default of None.
Follow this article's author, Cory Bohon on Twitter.