Move Desktop Spaces in Mission Control for OS X with a Drag & Drop

Nov 1, 2011 - 6 Comments

Rearrange spaces in Mission Control

Users who rely on Spaces to manage multiple virtual desktops in Mac OS X will be happy to know that these desktops (Spaces, as Apple calls them in OS X) are completely adjustable. This means you can rearrange or move your desktop spaces as necessary, and as your needs change, and it’s incredibly simple to do:

  • Open Mission Control (multi-finger swipe up gesture, or hit the F3 key)
  • Click on a desktop Space and then drag and drop it to a new spot to move it
  • Repeat as necessary with other Spaces

Yes, this ability to relocate and move desktop spaces also applies to Full Screen Apps, which can be moved around in the Mission Control panel with the same easy drag & drop trick. That means you can intersperse your virtual desktops with apps if desired, or arrange all of your apps or desktops to one direction (for example; left for desktops, and right for full screen apps). Whatever works best for you.

It’s important to note that moving Desktop 3 before Desktop 2 (or vice versa, or Desktop 3, Desktop 4, etc) will change their orientation accordingly when you’re switching between desktops using the control keys or swipe gestures as well. Desktops will also automatically rename themselves based on their placement within Mission Control, thus if you drag Desktop 5 before Desktop 4, the names will switch accordingly so that 5 becomes 4.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

6 Comments

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  1. Flabbergaster says:

    I’m still flabbergasted by the fact that you cannot rename desktop spaces in Lion.

  2. Brian says:

    I find Mission Control a waste of time.

  3. Ryan says:

    Worth mentioning that this drag-and-drop desktop feature was made available only after 10.7.2 update.

  4. John says:

    Still lame compared to Expose with Spaces.

  5. Joseph says:

    Be careful! I thought I was clever setting my apps to launch to a certain space, then I moved them. Now my screen bounces everywhere when I open things.

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