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:
- From Mission Control, hover the mouse in the top-right corner of the screen, and a tab with a plus sign (+) will appear.
Creating a new space
- Click the tab to create a new desktop space. You can create up to 16 desktop spaces.
The new desktop space
To delete a desktop space:
- From Mission Control, hover the mouse over the desktop space you want to delete, and an "x" will appear in the corner.
- Click the "x" to delete the desktop space.
Deleting 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.
- From Mission Control, switch to the desktop space you want to change.
Switching to a different space
- Right-click the desktop, then 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 of the 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
- Now, 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, then select This Desktop under Options.
Assigning an app to a space