The Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control

Learn about the OS X Mavericks Dock, OS X Mavericks Launchpad, and OS X Mavericks Mission Control in this lesson.

Working with desktop spaces

To create a new desktop space:

  1. From Mission Control, hover the mouse in the top-right corner of the screen, and a tab with a plus sign (+) will appear.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksCreating a new space
  2. Click the tab to create a new desktop space. You can create up to 16 desktop spaces.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksThe new desktop space

To delete a desktop space:

  1. From Mission Control, hover the mouse over the desktop space you want to delete, and an "x" will appear in the corner.
  2. Click the "x" to delete the desktop space.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksDeleting a desktop space

To switch to a different desktop space:

For convenience, there are a few different ways to switch between desktop spaces:

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.

  1. From Mission Control, switch to the desktop space you want to change.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksSwitching to a different space
  2. Right-click the desktop, then select Change Desktop Background.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksChanging the desktop background
  3. Select the desired image. It will become the background for the current desktop space. If desired, repeat these steps with all of the other desktop spaces to give each one a unique image.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksSelecting 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.

  1. From Mission Control, drag a window to the desired desktop space.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksMoving a window to a different space
  2. Now, when you want to use the window again, you can simply switch to the desktop space where it is located.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksThe 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, then select This Desktop under Options.

Screenshot of OS X MavericksAssigning an app to a space