Sweep All Windows Into Another Spaces Screen on Mac

Nov 1, 2009 - 2 Comments

mac os x spaces Need to migrate all of a Spaces set of windows to another Spaces screen in Mac OS X? Using a simple keystroke you can do just that.

To sweep all of your open apps and windows into a group via Spaces, here’s what you need to do and a quick overview of how this great trick works.

How to Sweep All Windows to Another Spaces Display in Mac OS

This works in all versions of Mac OS X and Mac OS with Spaces:

  • Enter into Spaces, then use the various arrow keys in addition to the command key to sweep into that direction
  • For example,using Command-Right Arrow, will pull all of your windows and apps from the active Spaces screen to the one next to it
  • If you keep hitting Command-Right Arrow, you will keep passing the windows from Spaces to Spaces and accumulating all other windows as you go, combining them into a single Space

This is really handy if you have a ton of windows open and you want to clear Spaces up a bit to better combine or organize your virtual desktops in Mac OS X.

This works differently depending on your version of Mac OS X, so keep that in mind if you’re trying this on the Mac.

And keep in mind that in Mission Control, you can actually just drag and drop windows and apps around between Mission Control Spaces, much like you can move things around anywhere else in OS X. Or perform a similar function with keystrokes and a click to scoot windows around within Mission Control.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. hypnopixel says:

    what?! Jebuz! People futz with window management way too much! Crikeys!

  2. TheSkeptic says:

    This is an excellent hint – probably the best one that you have published yet (at least for my workflow).

    Now.. why doesn’t Apple put this in the Help file?

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