Desktops can quickly become cluttered with applications, especially if you are like me and have a bunch of the open. There are a lot of ways to reduce this, like closing them, but what if you need them open? This can be a problem unless you are running Mac OS X. Starting in Mac OS X Leopard, or 10.5, Apple released a new feature called desktop spaces. This later became know as Mission Control in OS X Lion. With desktop spaces or Mission Control, you can create different desktop environments. You can then have certain applications on those different desktops to reduce the clutter. We have shown you before how to remove hard drives and external media from the desktop to reduce clutter but this is different. Since we are talking about open applications. Here is how to create desktop spaces in Mac OS X using Mission Control.
Create Desktop Spaces in Mac OS X
Since we are creating this how to article for Mac OS X 10.6 and later, we will call the desktop spaces interface as Mission Control and the extra desktops as desktops spaces. Now if you are using an Apple keyboard you can get to mission control by pressing the F3 key or using a multi touch gesture by swiping 3 or 4 fingers up. Mission Control will look just like the image below.
To create more desktop spaces, move the mouse over to the right edge. You will see a plus sign with another desktop space. Click on that space to create a new one. If you get tried of a desktop space you can click the X in the left hand corner of that space. You can even rearrange the spaces by dragging and dropping a space where you want it.
You can create up to 16 desktop spaces in Mission Control. We are not sure why you would do this, but hey you can create them if you want to. Just not if you do create 16 of them, you will have to close them one by one by clicking the X.
Within Mission Control you can move your applications to a different desktop space by dragging them to the desired space. Like we said earlier, this is a great way to create workflows, or to create application specific spaces to get work done. To get out of Mission Control you can use press F3, use the multi touch gesture, or click on a desktop.
Desktop Space with Mission Control works with Mac OS X 10.5 and up.