Assign Apps To Desktops

If you use Mission Control, you can assign an app to a specific desktop so when you launch it it automatically appears on that desktop instead of the current desktop. You can also assign an app to appear on all desktops, which is handy for note-taking and other tasks.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Assign Apps To Desktops”

    c ross
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary, I noticed you placed the calendar app on all 3 desktops. If I make a change in calendar on desktop 3, will it change the other 2 calendars open in Desktop 1 and 2? thanks so much

    3 years ago

    It is the same calendar. You are just looking at the same thing on all three desktops.

    Rachel D.
    3 years ago

    I’ve been trying to assign my Safari to Desktop 2, and Mail to Desktop 1, but when I control-click on my dock, my options do not show that I currently have multiple desktops running. Do I have an option/setting turned off somewhere?

    3 years ago

    Rachel: What version of macOS are you using? Do you perhaps have these already set to full-screen mode? Are the apps currently running?

    Jason Brambach
    3 years ago

    I tried this with my late 2015 27″ iMac running Sierra 10.12.1 and when I ctrl click on an app there are only 3 options under “options” which are: “keep in dock, open at log in, & show in finder”…there is no “display on desktop 1” option available. I really do not know what the issue is and why it is absent. Thank you for the help, Gary.

    3 years ago

    Jason: Are you using Mission Control? Sounds like you are not — you only have one Mission Control desktop, in other words. If so, assigning an app to a desktop doesn’t make any sense so it won’t appear.

    Jason Brambach
    3 years ago

    I see my error: in mission control I was dragging the apps to the top instead of clicking the + to add more desktops first. I am so used to creating split-view screens. Thank you Gary and the Macmost community.

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