Assign Apps to Desktops in Mission Control

Aug 11, 2011 - 11 Comments

Assign Apps to Spaces in  Mission Control

If you use multiple Desktops (aka Spaces aka Virtual Desktops) in OS X Lion’s Mission Control, you can set apps to specific Desktops, all Desktops, or no specific Desktop at all.

  • Right-click on the apps icon in the Dock
  • Navigate to Options, and then from the “Assign To” sub-menu select one of the three choices:
    • All Desktops – the app will appear on all Desktops, without causing a switch
    • This Desktop – Desktop-specific, this will cause Desktops to switch when the app is selected
    • None – the default setting

The main difference with the choices is how apps interact within Mission Control, and whether or not they will automatically cause a Desktop switch based on their selection or not.

Check out more Mac OS X 10.7 tips while you’re at it.


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


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  1. Katie says:

    For me, Lightroom is assigned to Desktop 2, Chrome to desktop 3, but they keep switching. When I’m using Masks in Lightroom on Desktop 2, for example, the Mask window opens on Desktop 3! This after I’ve •again• switched the two back to where I want them!! Help please. This has been going on for ages.

  2. oliver says:

    seems to work just fine for me with all other apps EXCEPT entourage which is the one i need it to work with. any suggestions?

  3. Gert says:

    Right-clicking an App in the Dock, choosing Option and setting a desktop (space) doesn’t seem to work for me.
    No idea what’s happening. When I start up an app from the dock, it looks like it’s going to the right desktop and than reverts back to the desktop you started from. Any ideas?

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  6. Gary says:

    Unfortunately I can’t find those options on my right click… am I missing something obvious?

  7. Chet says:

    But can you assign desktops to different monitors, and make sure that a desktop always goes to that monitor, even if you unplug it and reattach it later? That would be awesome.

  8. Sadly that’s not near good enough. I want my old Spaces back :(

  9. derekaw says:

    Where do I get that desktop pic please?

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