Assign Apps to Desktops in Mission Control

Aug 11, 2011 - 10 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. 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?

  2. 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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  5. Gary says:

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. derekaw says:

    Where do I get that desktop pic please?

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