Rearrange Full Screen App Placement in Mac OS X by Dragging & Dropping

May 1, 2012 - 12 Comments

Rearrange placement of full screen apps in Mac OS X

Full Screen apps in Mac OS X are managed by Mission Control, this means that if switch beween or gesture swipe from one full screen app to a desktop or another app, it follows the order of desktops and apps shown at the top of Mission Control. This also means that you can rearrange the placement of fullscreened apps easily just by clicking on one of the app windows and dragging and dropping it beyond another Desktop or full screen app. Now anytime you swipe between desktops or apps, you’ll find the app in its new placement.

We’ve covered a similar tip showing how to move Desktops around to rearrange their order within Mission Control as well.

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


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  1. Ben says:

    You guys really published this…what a waste of time. I am this close to never coming back here. There has been nothing useful in weeks. “how to double click on Mac OSX Lion” – yeah thanks…

  2. If you’re interested in more, powerful ways to manage your desktop, check out Slicer in the Mac App Store. It is a new take on Window Management and more fun to use than existing solutions. Full disclosure, I’m the author of Slicer.

    It also has the coolest keyboard equivilent ever and is not for the faint of heart :)

  3. doctor K says:

    Actually there is no Mac OS X Lion, but OS X Lion to be exact.
    Title can mislead…

  4. Napoleon Wilson says:

    In other useful tips the power button will turn off your mac and pressing the buttons on the keyboard will make letters appear on your screen

  5. Andres says:


  6. […] Desktops & Full Screen Apps – You can quickly rearrange the placement of multiple desktops and even full screen apps by entering into Mission Control and […]

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