Stop Spaces from Rearranging Themselves in Mac OS X
New versions of OS X have an interesting and sometimes unusual change to Mission Control’s behavior, where desktops/spaces will automatically rearrange themselves based on how recently they’ve been used or accessed.
If you’ve set your spaces (virtual desktops) to be in a specific order, this is fairly annoying, but it’s also easy to stop those spaces from rearranging themselves.
- Launch “System Preferences” from the Apple menu, and click on Mission Control
- Uncheck the box next to “Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use”
- Close out System Preferences
With the automatic rearrangement disabled, Mission Control will again remember your app and desktops placement and not reorder them on it’s own.
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This first appeared in the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update but has stuck around in modern versions of OS X too. Whether you like it or not is kind of a matter of personal preference, sometimes it’s very useful, but sometimes it can lead to confusion.