23 Tips For Using Desktop Spaces On Your Mac

With Mission Control you can have multiple Desktops, Full Screen windows and Split View. Beyond the basics, there are a lot of different ways you can control these spaces, drag windows into different configurations and even move content between them.

Comments: 9 Responses to “23 Tips For Using Desktop Spaces On Your Mac”

    Razvan Mihai
    2 years ago

    Gary: Is there a way to have the desktop number in the menu bar to know which desktop you are on without having to use the extra step of using the mouse or the keyboard?

    I often find myself wanting to move an app to the current desktop, and by the time I use Command-Tab to go to that app, I realize I am not sure which desktop I was on.

    2 years ago

    Razvan: There's no way to have a numbers shown like that. Just Control+Up to quickly see.

    2 years ago

    Is there any way to view different parts of the same document, e.g., a Pages document, in split screen mode?

    2 years ago

    Steve: Not easily, no. If you really want to, there are Terminal tricks to have two copies of an app running at the same time, but that can be dangerous. You could also just duplicate the file and open both in two windows. Or, you could Open a second window for the same document in iCloud.com. Or maybe print the document, choose PDF in the print dialog, then Open in Preview and have a view-only version in Preview and your editable version in Pages. It really depends on what you are trying to do.

    2 years ago

    Hi Gary, great video as usual.
    Is there a way when you set an app to full screen so that it does not black out other monitors?
    Thanks in advance

    2 years ago

    J.P.: System Preferences, Mission Control, Displays have separate spaces.

    2 years ago

    At least on my MacBook Pro M1, for that setting to take effect, the Mac has to be restarted.

    And it now works, thank you very much.

    2 years ago

    With the large monitors now available at lower prices, it is tempting to replace two monitors with a single large one. With two monitors, however, I can see two separate desktops at the same time, and on either monitor I can scroll to see additional desktops (spaces). Is there any way to simulate this with a single monitor? That is, is it possible to have 2 spaces side by side (full spaces, not split view) on the same monitor?

    2 years ago

    McTavish: No way that I know of, no.

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