Learn about the OS X Lion Dock, OS X Lion Launchpad, and OS X Lion Mission Control in this lesson.
To switch to a different desktop space:
For convenience, there are a few different ways to switch between desktop spaces:
- From Mission Control, select the desired desktop space at the top of the screen.
Selecting a space in Mission Control
- While holding down the Control key, use the left and right arrow keys to switch to a different space.
- If you have a Magic Trackpad or a laptop with a trackpad, you can use a three-finger swipe to the left or right.
Swiping with three fingers
- If you have a Magic Mouse, you can use a two-finger swipe to the left or right.
Swiping with two fingers
To change the desktop background:
It may be helpful to have a different desktop background for each desktop space so you'll always know at a glance which one you're in.
- From Mission Control, switch to the desktop space you want to change.
Switching to a different space
- Right-click the desktop and select Change Desktop Background.
Changing the desktop background
- Select the desired image. It will become the background for the current desktop space. If desired, repeat these steps with all other desktop spaces to give each one a unique image.
Selecting a new background image
To move an open window to a different desktop space:
Sometimes you may want to move an open window to a different desktop space to get it out of the way. Then you can switch to that desktop space whenever you want to use the window.
- From Mission Control, drag a window to the desired desktop space.
Moving a window to a different space
- When you want to use the window again, you can simply switch to the desktop space where it is located.
The window in its new space
If you want an app to always open in a specific desktop space, right-click the app in the Dock and select This Desktop under Options.
Assigning an app to a space