Close Desktop Spaces in Mission Control for Mac OS X Quickly
Spaces are the the Virtual Desktop feature in OS X, and it’s part of the Mission Control window management system on the Mac. If you’ve opened a few desktop spaces that you no longer need access to, you can close them.
Perhaps the fastest way and most efficient means of closing a desktop space in Mission Control for Mac OS X is by using the option key. Here’s how it works:
- Enter Mission Control as usual, then hover your mouse over the top where the desktop spaces are contained
- Now hold down the OPTION key to see the (X) close button appear, click that to close the selected space
You can repeat this with all spaces, except the last active one of course.
There are other ways to close the virtual spaces but, remember, you can quickly close desktop spaces in Mac OS X Mission Control by holding down the Option key, this causes the familiar iOS style and Launchpad (X) close symbol to appear over the spaces which can then be rapidly closed.
Alternately, you can mouse over spaces and the close button will appear on hover after a second or two, but the option key is immediate. For both approaches, closing a space that contains an app or windows results in those windows being shuffled over to the next desktop.